07 Apr '11, 4pm

Is global warming a black swan? « Climate Progress

Eco, you offer a false choice between deadly coal or massive nuclear power investment. The wiser approach is to implement carbon emissions reductions on the basis of cost and speed of implementation. This is necessary since money sent on one carbon reduction approach cannot necessarily be spent on another and since time is of the essence when it comes to climate change mitigation. It has been shown numerous times that energy efficiency and conservation strategies are the cheapest and quickest ways to reduce emissions and should therefore be implemented first. Preventing deforestation and land degradation is probably the next cost-effective and quickest way to keep carbon from building up. Near-term, natural gas plants could pick up the slack and shut down some coal plants if the EPA’s new regs come into force. Since renewable energy plants have much shorter construction ti...

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