Interesting study out of Stanford University by Mark Z. Jacobson, a professor of civil and environmental engineering.
According to Stanford:
Jacobson has conducted the first quantitative, scientific evaluation of the proposed, major, energy-related solutions by assessing not only their potential for delivering energy for electricity and vehicles, but also their impacts on global warming, human health, energy security, water supply, space requirements, wildlife, water pollution, reliability and sustainability. His findings indicate that the options that are getting the most attention are between 25 to 1,000 times more polluting than the best available options.
Standford press release here. The release indicates that “Jacobson received no funding from any interest group, company or government agency.”
Study online at the Journal of Energy & Environmental Science.
Three-minute video of Prof. Jacobson discussing results of the study here.