James Conca, scientist in the field of earth and environmental sciences. Contributor to Forbes: Most people have heard of something called externalities, costs not factored into the price. An energy’s deathprint is a rarely-discussed externality. The deathprint is the number of people killed per kWh produced. There is debate on the absolute numbers, but no one debates on the relative ranking from most dangerous to least. It is notable that in media and legislative discussions, the only time death is mentioned is for nuclear, ironic since it has the lowest deathprint of any source.
Meredith Angwin, Physical Chemist, Naturalist, Educator: Links to her blog about Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant, her personal website and explanation of cold weather operations for electric generating plants.
Scott Bean, Business Development Representative, Steenkampskraal Holdings Limited/Steenkampskraal Rare Earths: Germany's energy policies often get good press highlighting fleeting moments of significant output, negative prices, capacity installation, and more. Rarely does news coverage add context to these stories that allows us to comprehend what the consequences of these events are for consumers, the grid, the environment, the economy, and Earth as a whole.
Meredith Angwin, Physical Chemist, Naturalist, Educator: Energy sources should be used for the highest value use. Using them for other purposes causes complications and unnecessary depletion of precious resources.