Which would you prefer, renewable energy or fossil fuels?

There is a very simple question that we all should be willing to answer; do we want polluting fossil fuel electricity or clean and renewable electricity?

Written 2013/02/23, last edited 2022/02/07
Contact: David K. Clarke – ©


Beijing smog
Image credit: Feng li/Getty Images
Beijing people are reminded of what a clear sky looks like by a big screen

The burning of fossil fuels is widely recognised as the main cause of climate change, ocean acidification, sea level rise and ocean warming. The air pollution from the burning of fossil fuels, such as is shown on the image above, kills millions of people world-wide each year.

On the other hand, wind and solar do not pollute the air at all, are safe, harmless and beneficial to the hosting community.

The Australian coalition federal government under people like PM Scott Morrison want to stay with fossil fuels. Which would you prefer?

Surely renewable energy is Australia's energy future.

Waterloo turbine
Clean wind power at Waterloo, South Australia