09 Nov '11, 9pm

Can today’s technology tackle climate change? Who cares?

Can today’s technology tackle climate change? Who cares?

Let's ponder the real questions. One of the most heated arguments among climate policy analysts is over the following question: "Do we currently have the technology we need to tackle climate change?" For brevity's sake, I refer to it as the "enough technology" debate. The way it usually breaks down is, those who say we don't have the necessary technology focus on innovation and the need for "breakthroughs." Those who say we do have the necessary technology focus on deployment -- accelerating the adoption of today's tech. For the amount of attention it gets, you'd think that settling this debate is the crucial first step in developing a policy plan or a political strategy. You'd think the "enough technology" question must be answered before anyone can move forward. But as I see it, pretty much nothing hinges on the answer. Indeed, I find the whole debate baffling and confou...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/energy-policy/2011-11-09-todays-tech...

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