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I am NOT advocating "stiffing the fossil fuel industry."  I wanted to get an idea of the scale of what we spend on fuel and see what that might mean in advancing the idea of a renewables transition.  An orderly transition would be much more preferable than a guillotine cut but, if we are to transition to a renewably powered future, then the fossil fuel industry, by and large, is going to shrink dramatically if not completely vanish.

One way to create the orderly transition would be to examine and reduce wherever possible the subsidies now going to fossil foolishness.  It won't happen, of course, because the political will is not there yet but somebody with expertise in the field should make the effort and begin imagining what that might be.

The fact of the matter is that every wind turbine and solar panel is reducing the market share of fossil foolishness (and nuclear power).  I'd also like to see any discussion of carbon pricing include the economic reality of today's subsidies to fossil fools but that is probably asking for too much.

Solar IS Civil Defense

by gmoke on Sun Jul 7th, 2019 at 12:54:43 AM EST
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