Posted by Jeff on Nov 4th 2020 at 6:52 am in Conservation | 0 comments | Last change: November 2nd, 2020
“Innovation” is a difficult concept in climate policy. For years it was used as a sort of fig leaf to cover up the delaying tactic, as if climate change were waiting for a technological breakthrough or a miracle. That left climate advocates with a persistent distrust of the term and hostility to those who advocate it.
Recently, however, that has changed. It is now widely recognized among those taking the climate crisis seriously that meeting the world’s ambitious emissions targets requires reducing resource consumption, aggressively deploying existing technologies, and aggressively pushing forward to improve those technologies and develop new ones.
There is legitimate disagreement about the ratio – how far and how quickly existing mature technology can go – but there is virtually no analyst who believes that the current energy innovation system in the US is sufficient to keep the country alive by mid-December Century. Reform is needed.
The International Energy Agency (IEA) concludes that “About half of the reductions the world will need to quickly reach net-zero emissions in the coming decades are due to technologies not yet on the market today There are reasons to believe that this might be too grim, but whether it is 20 percent or 50 percent, it will take aggressive innovation to make it happen.
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