After reading the linked article from Hart Energy, I was left with this question.
A) One who doesn’t believe climate change is real or thinks it is a problem that needs to be solved?B) One who believes climate change is real and needs to be solved – but has no idea how to actually solve it?C) or, B + pretends like they do know how to solve it.
If you pick (A), at least (A) isn’t going to waste what some say could be over $100 trillion* (with a t) by the end of the century and improve nothing. Waste is a crime because that $100 trillion could be put to real use helping real people.
There is a lot in the article everybody should think about (especially if you care about climate change).
The author of the article doesn’t come across as anti renewables but more anti dumb. He has written what appear to be many thoughtful books on what good approaches to solving climate change could look like.
A few gems from the leaders where I live (gems – who I’m guessing are sincere):
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter pledged their cities to 100 percent renewables by 2030. Major wind system build-outs during the last five years boosted Minnesota to the eighth-leading wind energy state in the US. Renewables now provide about 27% of the state’s electricity. But Minnesota residents are paying for it. Over the last nine years, Minnesota power prices increased 34%, compared to the US average price rise of 7%.
I’m thinking they don’t get that when energy costs go up 34% for working people – it is real money.
*I would cite those or better numbers if they weren’t all over the place – which kind of proves my point. If anybody had a real solution with a real price – all of the supporters would agree and promote that number. There is no agreement even out there as to what the costs or benefits would be. If there is agreement out there someone should point it out more clearly.
As a side… Wanna know what poor people around the world want the UN to spent $100 trillion on?
Watch Cool It by Bjorn Lomborg and see what kids in third world countries think us rich countries should be spending our money on to help them (think – water, schools, medicine).
Better yet. Watch Lomborg’s TED Talk on global priorities that should be bigger than climate change.