Biden’s New CEQ Climate Hire Wants to Make Climate Action Affordable – Watts Up With That?

Biden’s New CEQ Climate Hire Wants to Make Climate Action Affordable – Watts Up With That?

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

h / t Dr. Willie Soon; There isn’t even a theoretically feasible technical path to affordable renewable energy, but Jane Flegal, the new White House associate on the Biden Council of Environmental Quality, believes she can make climate action affordable and politically acceptable through innovation and smart policies.

“Personally, I’m a little tired of the academic work and practical policy development that, at this point of entry, brings us how to create the optimal mix,” replied Flegal. “Because we have just enough empirical experience to point out that this is often not really relevant to the political world.”

“And by the way, I am not only dependent on CO2 prices here. In fact, I think this is the case for a number of domains. And you said something really critical, that is, there is a tendency, and that definitely applies to the climate advocacy of pitting technology and politics against each other.

“You are either a techno-optimist about the climate problem or you think we need to change politics,” she continued. “And I just think the entire framing is insane because they’re so tightly connected.”

Traditionally, policymakers approach climate challenges by asking about the optimal technological and economic solution, Parthasarathy said. In contrast, STS scientists ask what kind of technological solutions are required to achieve societal goals while receiving public support.

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It is easy to see which breakthroughs are required. Solar panels that work at night or when it is snowy. Wind turbines that do not wear out or freeze up. Batteries that cost much less than the current storage cost of $ 30,000 / barrel oil equivalent. A working, affordable nuclear fusion solution.

It is more difficult to find viable technical solutions for these unsolvable requirements.

The following was written by Ross Koningstein and David Fork in 2016. David and Ross are veteran Stanford PhD students and renewable energy enthusiasts, top scientists hired by Google to solve the climate crisis. They plunged into the problem with unfounded optimism, only to direct their hopes onto the hard rocks of technical reality.

Unfortunately, not every Google moon shot leaves Earth orbit. In 2011 the company decided that RE

At the beginning of RE

When we thought about the project, we came to the conclusion that even if Google and others had paved the way for a broad adoption of renewable energy, that move would not have resulted in a significant reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. Trying to fight climate change with only today’s renewable energy technologies just won’t work;; We need a fundamentally different approach. So we call for action. There is hope of averting disaster if our society examines the true extent of the problem and uses this accounting to guide its priorities.

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It all seems so simple until you deal with the details in person.

There is a constant stream of people like Ross Koningstein, David Fork or now Jane Flegal entering the field, people who, despite all their undisputed abilities, have heads full of mush they teach in today’s schools, lessons from professors who never pause to question their own wild opinions about renewable energy. People who don’t seem to have any really new ideas but are ready to deal with the problem deeply believe that a bit of innovation and alignment and their personal genius will help society get over the last remaining hurdle for a largely consensual solution to the Climates can refine the crisis.

Good luck Jane. You are not the first and you certainly won’t be the last.

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