Originally Posted by Fish
To be honest, I believe that if/when we do propose a good method to address climate change, it will focus more on new/unique methods of energy conversion rather than just addressing the current consumption rate of energy. I see too many problems with emissions reduction being used as the main method to counter climate change. It's going to require something better.
I agree that the solution pathway out of this situation will rely heavily on better methods of energy conversion. However, this illustrates the real harm of denier mentality. The US government invested a lot of money in various forms of more efficient energy conversion. One of those was solar energy. Some of those companies were making legitimate progress (I'm not talking about Solyndra here). Basically the deniers soured the political environment for continuing subsidies for adopting solar power. Without the subsidies the US market collapsed. Billions of $ of solar technology were then sold to the Chinese for pennies on the dollar.
Other countries are still installing new solar energy. The amount of installed solar is projected to double or triple over the next 6 years. We flushed money down the toilet, gave away much of our competitive innovations, and have effectively pulled out of a future technology because politics rooted in disinformation.