Environmental Impacts of Renewable Energy Sources: Methodological Issues

  • Kirk R. Smith


There is a burgeoning and increasingly sophisticated literature on the comparative environmental hazards of large-scale energy technologies. Much of its attention has focused on electricity production where comparisons are often made between the nuclear and non-nuclear alternatives such as coal(1). In spite of this attention, however, there are still major methodological and conceptual diffi-culties encountered in doing such studies(2).


Environmental Impact Renewable Energy Source Fuel Cycle Uranium Mining Biogas Plant 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kirk R. Smith
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  1. 1.Resource Systems InstituteEast-West CenterHonoluluUSA

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