On @drGrist, the Hulk @MRuff221 calls me out for resting on my laurels. I can see plenty of ways to criticize my work, but this is not one of them.
I think it may be time for you to stop resting on your laurels of 25 years and begin talking to some of the leading scientists in renewable energy.
Hansen only mentions wind and hydro. He speaks in incredibly vague terms and doesn’t sound too scientific when he uses Kool Aide and Tooth Faries to draw comparison. Then again he is not a renewable energy scientist.
It will take a bundle of Wind Water and Sun to move us to a fossil free world.
What we thought was achievable in 2011 when Hansen made this statement has been blown out of the water. You have a long way to go to understanding what we are capable of today not to mention how quickly we are making this affordable and scalable.
Check this out… Real Renewable Energy Science…
I would suggest you check out Stanford Professor Mark Jacobson’s 30 years worth of research and work on renewable energy. I think it’s wise to listen to Hansen on climate change but maybe you want to broaden your horizons a bit and listen to some people that are very respected scientists in the renewable energy field as well.
We could move the US to 99% renewables by 2030 with existing technology. That’s the science that is not KoolAid nor Fairies dust nor the musings of a word-typer.
You like Graphs? Check this out.
Mark, like many, fails to note the huge constraints in the NREL study above, including this one:
“[A]lthough RE Futures describes the system characteristics needed to accommodate high levels of renewable generation, it does not address the institutional, market, and regulatory changes that may be needed to facilitate such a transformation.”