Saturday, January 23, 2010

Bill Gates on Energy

Via Roger Pielke, Jr.'s blog is this thought-provoking essay written by Bill Gates regarding decarbonization and the best way to go about it.  I agree with him that "a little more insulation" is certainly not the answer if we believe it is imperative to cut carbon emissions 80% by 2050.

To me, that "imperative" is a huge "if."

That said, I agree 100% that another 2" of insulation in every home will not come anywhere close to that goal and that the real answer is innovation. Fuel farming (i.e., growing crops with high energy yield), revolutionary increases in solar energy to electricity conversion, new and much less expensive nuclear power, the possibilities are endless and -- most likely -- the answer will be something we have not even thought of.

In the comments section, Sharon F. says, As I have said, instead of bicycling to work our time might be better spent as calculus tutors so more kids might go into engineering...

This dovetails nicely with my thoughts about getting children getting children interested in science and technology expressed here last weekend.

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