Bill McKibben: A World at War

“It’s not that global warming is like a world war. It is a world war. And we are losing. [But] America needs 295 solar factories of a similar size to defeat climate change—roughly six per state—plus a similar effort for wind turbines. [And] Building these factories doesn’t require any new technology.”

2 thoughts on “Bill McKibben: A World at War

  1. Maynard Clark August 28, 2016 / 1:18 am

    Thank you, Bill. That’s what we need to hear – what this actually implies in terms of economic and industrial development: 295 NEW solar factories across the 50 US states – about 6 NEW solar factories for EACH of the 50 US states.

    That requires massive investing – ‘angel investing’?
    And the bigger question for investors would be, will all these investors be able to recoup their financial investments (will the PV and related equipment actually SELL in a timely manner, or is it merely a GIFT to the transformation of our energy infrastructure?

    I think that investors deserve to get a realistic assessment of what happens if teachers’ retirement funds are invested in such projects.

    But with enough momentum, that COULD actually turn the tide and make a significant (even adequate?) change in how things are done first in the USA (since we’re talking here at this time) and then around the world (because of the copycat behaviors so evident throughout human society). It’s far better to copy ONLY what is good than to merely copy everything because one ASSUMES that they are copying the ones who are richer – and something is bound to make them richer than they were if they coyly copy the rich. Ughh…

  2. Sara Driscoll August 28, 2016 / 3:51 pm

    That is such good info! We need to push electeds and those running to encourage these businesses in the Commonwealth with some kind of incentive….maybe like they gave GE ???

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