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The problem is that the chair on the knife edge is crumbling
and if it falls apart, we get cut. So when you say that there is nothing to be gained by forcing a transition now and there's a chance for great harm, it's actually the other way around: a stitch in time saves nine. Now is the time to greatly reduce waste in our energy consumption pattern, reducing demand, while building a better grid, retiring polluting aging coal fired and nuclear power plants, and replacing them with ever-improving distributed energy sources, bi-directional electric vehicles, compressed air storage, etc. while investing in better energy storage technology. If we do this incrementally over time, we have a chance to avoid the worst effects of climate change and everything that comes with it: more frequent droughts and floods, large scale population displacement, political instability, environmental and ecological stressors and the rest.
Posted by klassman6
22nd Dec 2011