Futures Forum: Earth Day >>> Friday 22nd April
Although some would be very critical of it - on the one side, as an outmoded piece of doom-saying or, on the other, as a vehicle for corporate green-washing:
Futures Forum: Earth Day 2016 >>> the critiques
The Day coincided with the signing of the Paris agreement on climate change - and, again, not everyone was happy:
Accelerating a transition from fossil fuels to renewables means subsidizing and mandating a return to pre-industrial energy scarcity when the energy upon which fundamental human welfare depended was far more expensive but less efficient, versatile, and reliable. The grand delusion of climate policy is the assumption that renewable energies can now supplant fossil fuels and still affordably provide the myriad of services, goods, and food handily provided by the highly concentrated and controllable energy in hydrocarbons. As Google’s engineers concluded, renewables are a “false hope.”
Everybody loses on the path laid out in the Paris agreement, both the rich countries embracing the decarbonizing but awash with energy or those beginning the grand energy transformation without full access to electricity. Man-made energy scarcity will stymie existing economic growth in developed countries and constrain if not preclude economic growth in developing countries.
There is nothing inviolable about fossil fuels. Who knows what energy innovations creative human minds will achieve? At the moment, however, there is no comparable substitute for fossil fuel or the massive, seamlessly operating energy infrastructure built around these rich hydrocarbons across the world.
Signing The Paris Agreement Doesn't Celebrate Earth Day
The American libertarian think tank the Cato Institute has just published this overview: