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The Science Council for Global Initiatives (SCGI) is an international NGO dedicated to uplifting the standards of living of people of all nations while repairing our damaged environment.
by James Hansen, 02 December 2016
Stopping human-made climate change is inherently difficult, because of the nature of the climate system: it is massive, so it responds only slowly to forcings; and, unfortunately, the feedbacks in the climate system are predominately amplifying on time scales of decades-centuries. The upshot is that there is already much more climate change “in the pipeline” without any further increase of atmospheric greenhouse gases (GHGs). That does not mean the problem is unsolvable, but it does mean that we will need to decrease the amount of GHGs in the relatively near future.
by Gene Preston
Concerning the Solar Business Festival in Austin Texas on December 2, 2016 (http://www.sbfcommunity.com/)
Originally I was to talk about: “Calculating How Much Solar Power Can Be Injected Into The Grid” and I prepared my talk on this topic which is posted: http://www.egpreston.com/PrestonTalk12-2-16.pdf
On the day before I was to give the talk on Dec 2, I looked at the final program and saw my topic:
had changed to: “Off Grid Technologies and the Replacement of Fossil Fuels”.
Here are my comments on the off-grid and replacement of fossil fuels topic.
With the change in administration, we can look forward to a different view on energy, and on the prospects for moving forward with nuclear power and with nuclear recycling. The new administration will certainly be interested in a robust energy economy. Natural gas should be plentiful (fracking and pipelines). Likewise oil, a long as the Middle-east is relatively stable. Wind and solar will be less aggressively subsidized, and I suspect conventional nuclear will be acceptable. Anti-nukes will do their thing, but governmental bottlenecks should be fewer. So, for conventional nuclear power, opportunity, but not a tremendous government push.