Some questions raised by the article are: is it possible to recognize and take seriously the results of climate change, the consequences of human actions and the need to make changes, while also acknowledging the benefits of and demands for power, electricity and other forms of technological innovation?
Though renewable energy sources are desirable, at this time they do not seem to be a feasible means to fulfill a major portion of our needs (for various economic and technological reasons); they certainly can not meet the increasing demands of the future. Is a gradual movement towards "less coal" and lower emissions acceptable using non-renewables while at the same time gradually increasing the use of renewables?
Below is an excerpt regarding unintended consequences:
"Even though Germany has spent more than $100 billion subsidizing renewables since 2000, the country's coal use is rising, as are its carbon-dioxide emissions, according to the BP Statistical Review. And Germany's coal use may continue to grow as the country turns away from nuclear power. In the wake of the Fukushima disaster in 2011, Germany shut down eight of its nuclear reactors, and it plans to retire the rest by 2022. According to an October report from energy publisher Platts, some 7,300 megawatts of new coal plants will be brought online by next year.
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