A Climate Change Roadmap

Friday, October 25, 2013

Yesterday, Brian hosted a conversation in WNYC's Greene Space, in collaboration with Marfa Dialogues/New York, on the state of climate change and the latest science and policy solutions. We play a highlight from that conversation on the different types of energy solutions, from coal to nuclear to natural gas.

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Comments [3]

Sara from Queens

Regarding nuclear power, renewables, clean coal and natural gas, the first speaker in the clip stated that no business case can be made for nuclear power. However, the following speaker, who indicated that renewables are a better means to effect climate change did not concede, as one must, that no business case can be made for wind or solar power either, particularly in New York State. In New York, renewables are subsidized by a "Renewable Portfolio Standard" fee imposed on every kilowatthour of electricity delivered (paid for by every utility customer). Loan guarantees and tax benefits paid for by American taxpayers have also subsidized the renewables industry. One also needs to look at when and where renewables produce energy and when and where energy is needed (until someone can devise a storage system that has a positive business case). For instance, wind power is generated primarily at night although demand for electricity in NYS is generally low at that time. Only when we stop talking apples and oranges (that is, either whether a particular form of energy generation/savings can be based on a positive business case or whether the global benefits of climate change require subsidy that we are willing to pay for) will energy alternatives be evaluated on a level playing field. We can have whatever we're willing to pay for - climate change, nuclear power, clean coal. But we need to have that conversation.

Oct. 25 2013 12:21 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Whoa--I just took a closer look at the still for the video. All these environmental experts...& a plastic water bottle for each of them. Did any of them have anything to say about the enviromental effects of the bottled water industry?

Oct. 25 2013 12:04 PM
Amy from Manhattan

"Clean coal" is only cleaner-burning. There's no clean--or safe--way to *obtain* coal, from mountaintop removal to underground mining.

Oct. 25 2013 12:00 PM

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