How many threatened birds and tortoises would you be willing to sacrifice to build a commercial wind farm, or a utility-scale solar array? It's an oversimplified way to frame things, of course, but it highlights the reality that renewable energy has environmental impacts, too.
Business educators are stepping up to the plate to bring the so-called "soft stuff" -- like values, ethical considerations and long term environmental impacts -- right smack into the B-school classroom.
Several times recently, we've heard this argument: When it comes to securing America's energy future, we need "all of the above" -- coal, oil, gas, nuclear, solar, wind, and so on. That is a not an energy policy; it's a cop-out.
The environmental scientists -- many of whom have spent arduous years in some of the planet's most important, fragile, embattled ecosystems -- have collectively reached this fundamental conclusion: nobody really cares.