There is nothing wrong with the Obama plan. Most likely the numbers will be adjusted and there will be exception, tax credit, emission credits, etc.
Working as a PR rep for the oil industry in my state, I had a lot of contact with people who want to blame the energy industry for global warming, or my preferred term, climate change. There are a few factors that we are not giving ample attention to. There are more people, utilizing more resources than 100 years ago. We have paved much of the earth so that heat is reflected and not absorbed. Finally, if you look at geological research, you will see that the earth has undergone many periods of changes, they are beyond the control of man.
Finally, the comparison of data such as temperatures and rainfall with that of 100 years ago has many flaws. The instrumentation has improved significantly, the protocols for measuring temperature and rainfall are more consistent. People say we are having more hurricanes. Before we had satellites we probably had hurricanes forming and going through the oceans all the time, but if they did not threaten land, we did not know about them. We have the ability to learn more than we had in the past. We have to develop the ability to understand that the data collected in the past may not be in sync with the data we collect today.
I think it's good that he's taking more action. But, like with most things in government, it's not enough. If global warming is as advanced as scientists say (and I believe it is) then we need to make drastic changes. Massive solar and wind farms will need to offset 100% of the electricity currently produced by fossil fuels, while green roofs need to be installed in cities to offset existing CO2 emissions.
The hardest part is that fossil fuel machines are still in abundance and, in some cases, incredibly cheap. For example, we can't just replace all the cars on the road with electric cars because such an undertaking would cost a ridiculous amount of money and take decades to implement. So it's a matter of prioritizing what we can do immediately, while starting work on the long term fixes.
With current technology it would be impossible for wind and solar to produce 100 percent of the electricity. They can certainly supplement and reduce the use of fossil fuels. not replace.. Nuclear could, but most pick fossil fuels over nuclear power
There is more than enough solar energy hitting the earth every day to power our needs. The tricky part is harnessing as much of it as possible. Until solar panels get cheaper, most people won't even consider it.
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