Sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) is a colorless, non-flammable, non-toxic gas which is an excellent electrical insulator – hence its extensive use in electrical equipment, especially electric power generation and transmission. The problem is that SF6 is 23,900 times more potent a greenhouse gas than CO2, and it is extremely long-lived: lasting 800-3,200 years in the atmosphere.
Between 2008 and 2018, annual emissions of SF6 rose 24%, to 9,000 tonnes a year. The rise reflects increased demand for electrical equipment. SF6 is especially helpful in high-voltage electrical gear.
Most so-called “green” energy technologies, including solar (e.g., photovoltaics), wind, and hydroelectric, generate electricity. Contrary to the outrageous claims of their promoters, none of these technologies is environmentally benign or sustainable.
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Piers Forster et al, “Changes in atmospheric constituents and in radiative forcing,” Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (2007).