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There is a shortsightedness to discussing only the immediate cost of energy that handicaps the economic viability of true renewables. Yes carbon based/traditional energy sources may have a lower immediate cost, only because part of thier cost, namely the clean-up, (maybe war, but that is a seperate discussion) is covered by other sources. How many millions are being invested into cleaning up hanford's nuclear waste or oil spilled from tankers and pipelines? That cost does not show up on our electric bill but it exists, we still pay for it as a society through taxes etc. With renewables, a greater percentage if the true cost shows up on our immediate bill.
This way of discussing renewables as being "more expensive" is disingenuous, as the true cost is in fact comperable to traditional energies and framing rate increases this way is part of what has us 20 years behind in utilizing renewable energies compared to where we should be.
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