With carbon emission rates still growing, it is obvious that the fossil fuel multinationals are succeeding in making suckers of at least half the world with their global doubt and disinformation campaigns. When and if the frogs in heated water finally hop out and realise they have been duped, then we will get some real preventive action. At present we are headed for global disaster. Let’s not kid ourselves, our only escape will be a zero-carbon economy, fast!
What we need is investment-friendly legislation to underpin installation of large-scale renewable energy. The Germans are doing it pretty well with a three-pronged approach:
• tiered tariffs for each type and size of renewable technology
• obligations on electricity market participants to accept renewable electricity production
• obligations on transmission providers to build transmission connections to new installations.
While individual installation of home power systems is attractive to the independently minded, the national cost, at present, would be a least twice that of solving the problem collectively.
Oh, and Naval is on the right track with his encouragement of McDuck and me to stop breathing. It illustrates that he knows that all animals breathe in and out. The problem, Naval, is that coal only breathes out.
Sapoty Brook, Mullumbimby