Should we be reducing greenhouse gases through a transition away from fossil fuels and major investments in green infrastructure?
- ElizabethLv 76 months agoFavorite Answer
Yes and no ...
What we need to do is reduce our CO2 emissions and get to the point of zero net emissions. Fossil fuels will be part of the energy mix for the foreseeable future. We need them to provide a stable base power supply.
Green technologies reduce the amount of fossil fuels we burn. If, for example, 30% of our power comes from wind over a year, that's 30% we didn't generate by fossil fuels producing CO2. Green energy reduces CO2 output and eventually we could get to a carbon neutral scenario. Fossil fuels remain but we lower our dependence and offset their emissions elsewhere.
This also makes economic sense. Wind and solar are dropping in price. In many US states it is cheaper to produce energy by wind than by fossil fuels.
I don't understand the reluctance to invest in cleaner tech that saves money, improves domestic generation security, and reduces dependence on fluctuating international fossil fuel pricing!
- antarcticiceLv 76 months ago
The problem with solar & wind has always been the intermittent nature of the source (although this is often exaggerated by deniers who have swallowed the line from coal companies)
Battery technology now means this is far less of a problem, both can also be used connected to hydro to repump water back into dams and dams are very good primary power sources.
In Australia solar has been considered a cheaper power source than coal for quite a few years. While deniers peddle BS about solar and wind, realists in hedge funds and banks now don’t want to fund new coal developments because they see no future for them.
- CowboyLv 66 months ago
If we don't Americans will die....they're dying already.....republicans don't care....
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- 6 months ago
There are actually very rich people ….. doing all they can to stop that from happening. The Oil Industries
- Word to the WiseLv 56 months ago
megalomaniac is correct. Not only do we need to transition to renewable and sustainable energy, we need to stop wasting energy.
- DzeLv 76 months ago
youve been had by elites that have the market cornered on energy ... theyve made themselves all-rich and all-powerful through this and you will not escape it by buying into the extension of their original scheme by accepting the blame for it and allowing far reaching regulations ... of course the world would be better off with clean energy for most applications, but if you allow the same people that fcked you and the environment to start with to make the legislation and tax you your not going to win .. you need to trust me on that one ..
- megalomaniacLv 76 months ago
Yes, that AND we need to learn to consume less energy overall. We need to work on both sides of the supply and demand equation (if we are going to get anywhere). If people think that that is inconvenient and expensive now, try waiting a few years (it's going to get a LOT more inconvenient and expensive to deal with later).
- Anonymous6 months ago
nope . . . .. . . . . . . .
- Anonymous6 months ago
We should have a comprehensive energy policy. Unlike the ridiculous one we have now.