Thats not nice – all those nice stories about wind and solar saving us from impending doom and call in a new age of bliss and happy-happy. And when everything could be perfect someone throws a wrench in it and gives us bad vibes. Who would have thought that windmills and solar panels are made of – STUFF? And this stuff is not made from unicorn farts but must be scraped out of the Earth. And, oh boy – this changes the environment. Sure this must have been an evil ploy set up by the dastardly fossil fuel industry to fool the righteous ones into such a dilemma. In a competition what harm the planet more, maybe fossil fuels are not so bad after all. Or not as bad as renewables at least.
Building solar panels, wind turbines and other renewable energy infrastructure requires mining for materials. If not done responsibly, this could damage species and ecosystems.