26 Sep '11, 6pm

Fareed Zakaria, Daniel Yergin, and the elite disdain for clean energy deployment

Fareed Zakaria, Daniel Yergin, and the elite disdain for clean energy deployment

In the New York Times Book Review , Fareed Zakaria has a review of Daniel Yergin's new book, The Quest , that reads like a kind of capsule summary of current elite conventional wisdom on energy. (I like Zakaria a lot, but he was not the right choice for this assignment -- someone with more subject-matter expertise would be better capable of properly critiquing Yergin .) The CW goes like this: We do not yet have the technologies we need to reduce carbon pollution sufficiently, despite what crazy hippie Al Gore says. To get to that exalted state of technological sufficiency, we need a "miracle" breakthrough, or several. And there are just two credible policies for getting there: The truth is that energy is such a complicated area, with so many potential technologies and pathways, that having the government pick a few is probably not very useful. What government can do well i...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/climate-energy/2011-09-26-zakaria-ye...

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