John Kerry: US climate envoy criticised for optimism on clean tech

Posted: May 16, 2021 by oldbrew in alarmism, Critique, Emissions, Politics
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Wishful thinking is the new climate policy for fantasy planet savers. John Kerry told the BBC technologies that don’t yet exist will play a huge role in stabilising the climate. But ‘Craig Bennett from the UK Wildlife Trusts told BBC News Mr Kerry’s remarks were “frankly ridiculous”.’ How much more worthless baloney do we have to endure from hypocritical globe-trotting alarmists?
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America’s climate envoy John Kerry has been ridiculed for saying technologies that don’t yet exist will play a huge role in stabilising the climate.

Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show, he said the US was leading the world on climate change – and rapidly phasing out coal-fired power stations.

But he rejected a suggestion that Americans need to change their consumption patterns by, say, eating less meat.

He said: “You don’t have to give up quality of life to achieve some of the things we want to achieve.

“I’m told by scientists that 50% of the reductions we have to make (to get to near zero emissions) by 2050 or 2045 are going to come from technologies we don’t yet have.”

But his faith in unknown technologies has left some leading engineers aghast.

‘Not enough time’

Julian Allwood, professor of engineering and the environment at the University of Cambridge, told BBC News: “It’s virtually impossible for new energy infrastructure technologies to have a significant effect on global emissions in the time we have left to act.”

He warned that with every new energy-infrastructure technology so far, it’s taken 30-100 years from invention to 5% penetration of existing markets.

He said: “Of course we will benefit from new technologies, but they are most likely to be in industries that already exist such as renewables and energy storage – rather than some widget that we can’t imagine at the moment.”

Full report here.

Comments
  1. oldbrew says:

    technologies that don’t yet exist will play a huge role in stabilising the climate

    Absurd. Governments can’t *stabilise the climate*, that’s just hubris.

  2. ivan says:

    Maybe those quack greens should try looking at existing energy-infrastructure before they start on Never-Never land. But then I’m an engineer not out to make millions from the public purse for something that might fill the gap until the next ‘good idea’ comes round from the wackademics.

    For some strange reason the panic and fear created by some wackademics and bolstered by the MSM of a ‘nuclear winter’ if governments started throwing atomic bombs at each other has carried over to this day as a fear of anything ‘nuclear’, including clean power from nuclear power stations (at least it shows a good fear story, well pushed lasts, Wu-flu anyone).

    Anything and everything is placed in the way of building new nuclear power stations. The LNT or Linear No Threshold model being in the forefront of such things, totally ignoring that we all get radiation from the nuclear fireball that gives this planet life.

  3. Phoenix44 says:

    Extremist Greens who want a wholly different society fighting stupid Greens who have to get elected.

  4. Chaswarnertoo says:

    Prediction is very hard, especially about the future. Neils Bohr, AFAIK.

  5. Stuart Brown says:

    “You don’t have to give up quality of life to achieve some of the things we want to achieve”

    Most people have a fairly robust response to the idea they should ‘give up quality of life’ lockdowns not withstanding. And who’s we in the ‘want to achieve’ bit, Mr Kerry? And the difference between ‘some of the things’ and all of the things?

    “I’m told by scientists that 50% of the reductions we have to make (to get to near zero emissions) by 2050 or 2045 are going to come from technologies we don’t yet have.”

    I reckon he misunderstood that – I think he was told ‘You might get to 50% reduction by using technologies we have today, eg swapping coal for methane, nuclear etc but there’s no way you are getting the next 50% without magic that hasn’t been invented yet’

    He thinks engineers and scientists have just been sitting around waiting for him to point out what needs doing. He’s with this character:

    “Nobody knows exactly how to get there yet because nobody is trying,” Su said. [Jean Su, energy justice program director with the Center for Biological Diversity – whatever that means] “We need to actually try, and how we try is by putting on very stern deadlines as close as possible to now.”

    Or close your eyes really tight, clench your little fists and really, really wish with all your heart.

  6. oldbrew says:

    Start ordering…

    ‘We’re ready to take this technology to market. We’re going to be pursuing orders. We’re hoping to get orders soon.’

    Britain’s real energy revolution: Rolls-Royce to roll out Small Modular Reactors by 2030 

  7. JB says:

    Bozo was a better clown.

  8. Coeur de Lion says:

    Did Marr ask Kerry how the billion who lack electricity are going to get it? No, I thought not. The answer blows the ‘West’s’ silly decarbondioxidation ideas out of the water.

  9. oldbrew says:

    Tech marches on…

    Candle compound brings high density to grid-scale battery technology
    May 20, 2021

    The flow battery created by the team is about the size of a postage stamp, and was able to operate continuously for 120 days. [bold added]

    https://newatlas.com/energy/redox-flow-battery-fluorenone-high-density-grid-scale-pnnl/
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    Wow 🤣

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