Posts: 8670
Joined: Mon Sep 19, 2011 1:49 pm
Location: East side of San Francisco Bay

Scientists debate: could renewable energy entirely replace fossil fuels in U.S. by 2050?

Sat Jun 24, 2017 3:37 pm ... -s-by-2050

Scientists generally debate their studies and projections in relatively civil language, but perhaps the currently adversarial tenor of U.S. politics has spilled over into science.

A 2015 study on the potential for renewable energy use in the U.S. has now produced not only a stringent attack, but a harsh rebuttal to that attack in language rarely seen among academics.

The debate erupted in the pages of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. . . .
Guy [I have lots of experience designing/selling off-grid AE systems, some using EVs but don't own one. Local trips are by foot, bike and/or rapid transit].

The 'best' is the enemy of 'good enough'. Copper shot, not Silver bullets.

Posts: 328
Joined: Wed Sep 21, 2016 8:55 am
Delivery Date: 22 Sep 2016
Leaf Number: 025018
Location: Central Arkansas

Re: Scientists debate: could renewable energy entirely replace fossil fuels in U.S. by 2050?

Mon Jun 26, 2017 9:35 am

Given that there are people out there who are living completely off-grid, the answer is YES. The question is, how flexible are energy consumers willing to be? Unless consumption is financially tied to availability, then it will be difficult to achieve. For instance, for vehicle charging, it would require employers to have charging stations for all employees so that charging will happen during peak solar. I don't see that happening with most employers, however. I don't even get free parking.

The transition to renewable energy WILL happen, it's just a matter of at what speed. We will run out of coal eventually, so the earlier we do it, the better.
Pulled the trigger on going EV on 10/2016 with a 2012 Leaf, and a Tesla Model 3 reservation expected to receive in June 2018.

Return to “Business / Economy and Politics”