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Response to 1965Comet (Reply #4)

Tue Feb 14, 2017, 10:11 AM

5. OK indeed.

The statement to which you object is, um, true.

Solar energy has not, despite 50 years of wild eyed and, frankly delusional cheering, and the expenditure of roughly a trillion dollars on it in the last ten years, addressed climate change.

The data from Mauna Loa shows this unambiguously:

The solar industry has not worked, is not working, and will not work to prevent climate change, nor to eliminate the dependence on natural gas or any other dangerous fossil fuel.

Climate change is an extremely important issue before us, unbelievable in scale and engineering challenges. While we know that people on the right have no clue about this, as a scientist, and as a human being who has spent much of my private time considering this issue in the primary scientific literature, I think we're pretty clueless on the left as well.

I am an advocate of nuclear energy, and make no secret of it. The solar industry will never be as sustainable, as clean, or as safe as nuclear energy. The sooner we recognize this, the better chance we will have to save the world, but the window is closing.

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