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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Sat Sep 15, 2012, 05:46 PM

17. It would be a $2+ Trillion project - just to re-power the East coast.

Without a carbon tax the economics won't make sense to anybody.

Speed of deployment is also an issue. In order to hold the global average temperature rise down to 2 degrees Celsius (which is now thought to be dangerously high rather than a safe upper bound), we need to reduce global carbon emissions by 80% or so, within the next decade or two. Unfortunately, the loss of Arctic sea ice, the droughts in the US and Russia, the destabilization of the Indian monsoon, and the wettest summer on record in the UK combine to tell us that we don't have a decade or two. The crisis is here now.

Jacobsen is notorious for producing these pie-in-the-sky reports that don't take any of the major real-world factors (politics, economics and climate realities) into account.

This is not going to happen. We had better get thinking about how we deal with a hot world, because that's the reality that's on the way - not 2,000-mile rows and rows of offshore turbines.

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