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  •  I believe it is vital to stimulate the economy (6+ / 0-)

    before implementing a carbon tax.

    I think the initial effect of a carbon tax would contract the economy in its current state.

    I just dont see the current state of domestic renewables manufacturers as vigorous.

    The Dept of Energy has a paper on wind energy, 20% from Wind in 20 years. This a widely accepted policy template. But we cant get any real traction on wind.

    Right now new Wind generation is just about the cheapest electricity on the planet, 3.3 to 6.5 cents per KW hour. And capital is starting to recognize these price points, Offshore projects are growing in size, both in the EU and in the US, Atlantic Wind Connection is a 350 mile long marine HVDC cable from NJ to Virginia that should start construction in 2013, it will support about 1700 turbines 10-18 miles offshore.

    Wind is cheap.

    Atlantic Wind Connection.

    The price for Solar generation is trending down, but has a long way to go. Wait 3-5 years, solar will be competitive, no doubt.

    The US has not added new pumped hydro storage since about 1996

    We need to see solid goals set, tax incentives for domestic production (jobs), yes, tax breaks for the uber rich and corporations, like we used to have in the New Deal era when the statutory tax rates were much higher.

    1) 20% from wind in 20 years. (100 gigs)
    2) 15% from Solar in 20 years. (100 gigs)
    3) 50 gigs of pumped hydro storage in 20 yrs.
    4) 50 gigs of solar thermal storage in 20 yrs.

    The above 4 goals can be met with existing off the shelf technology.

    My understanding is that the US can get 20% from renewables without any major changes to the grid or significant storage capacity.

    FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

    by Roger Fox on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 03:45:43 PM PST

    •  Change is coming to wind and solar (6+ / 0-)

      ARPA-E performer Makani Power is lowering the cost and expanding the wind map.

      http://arpa-e.energy.gov/...

      http://www.makanipower.com/

      Plastic photovoltaics are coming.

      http://articles.latimes.com/...

      Both are likely game-changers.

    •  Doesn't have to be contractionary (8+ / 0-)

      a tax and rebate would merely distribute costs appropriately.  Depending on how the revenues from a carbon tax is spent, it could actaully be stimulatory (e.g., if the carbon tax transferred offshored oil company profits into infrastructure investment).

      However, the looming long term disaster is sufficiently bad shaving a couple of points off growth now is fully and unequivocally worth it.  We cannot wait anymore.

      This has been a golden age for confirmation bias. - David Brooks

      by Mindful Nature on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 04:52:07 PM PST

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    •  Multiple things (13+ / 0-)

      1.  Need to be careful. This is simply false: "new Wind generation is just about the cheapest electricity on the planet, 3.3 to 6.5 cents per KW hour."  New wind might be in among the cheapest NEW power but it certainly isn't less expensive than existing, for example, nuclear power plants that have had their capital costs paid off already.

      2.  Sorry, I disagree seriously about the carbon fee (tax is lousy word) dependent on how the resources are used. If the resources are used productively (such as massive investments in deploying energy efficiency and renewables), the spark to the economy will be beyond the carbon tax impacts.

      3.  Re the carbon tax, again, this boils down to a version of 'doing something about the environment will hurt the economy'.  The environment vs economy is a dangerously false framing that hinders forward progress.

      Blogging regularly at Get Energy Smart NOW! for a sustainable energy future.

      by A Siegel on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 05:41:36 PM PST

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      •  I've been trying for 30 years or so to do my... (15+ / 0-)

        ...part to pass along the news that the environment and the economy are not two separate entities but inextricably interwoven with one another.

        Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

        by Meteor Blades on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 06:02:05 PM PST

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        •  We are ... (7+ / 0-)

          roughly in the 98% arena of agreement.

          And, yes, I am well aware that you understand / advocate / discuss that it is economy + environment not economy vs the environment. In any event, with broken eco-systems, we will have a devastated economic system. Thus, we need to get our act together on environment or else face catastrophic economic consequences.

          Blogging regularly at Get Energy Smart NOW! for a sustainable energy future.

          by A Siegel on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 06:46:15 PM PST

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        •  Crackdown in GHG would CREATE jobs. (2+ / 0-)
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          Fundamentals:

          1. Corporate profits, and corporate cash-on-hand, are at record highs.

          2. Mass unemployment is not cured by #1 because of lack of demand.

          Cracking down on greenhouse gas emissions would create demand for green energy; this demand would create green energy jobs. This would help, not hurt, the economy because it would put a chunk of that idle capital (cash-on-hand) to work.

          More details: http://www.dailykos.com/...

          "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

          by HeyMikey on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 06:48:26 PM PST

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        •  I've said this in numerous comments (6+ / 0-)

          We need memes:

          Clean Energy = Jobs

          Wind Farms = People Power

          [Your slogan here]...

          “Better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference.” -- FDR, 1936

          by SolarMom on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 08:23:02 PM PST

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          •  20% from wind in 20 yrs=500k jobs (1+ / 0-)
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            Some of them extremely well paying, offshore wind, like oil rig jobs, in fact the same oil platform construction companies build platforms for HVDC marine grid equipment to support offshore turbines.

            These offshore jobs pay from 90k-120k

            FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

            by Roger Fox on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 09:05:50 PM PST

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            •  I like it! (your subject line meme) n/t (1+ / 0-)
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              “Better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference.” -- FDR, 1936

              by SolarMom on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 09:13:47 PM PST

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              •  Solar nearly the same (2+ / 0-)
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                and HVDC supergrid another 400k jobs.
                Pumped hydro storage, 260k to 380k, solar thermal about the same.

                I wrote about the numbers of jobs, last year, just going by memory here.

                FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

                by Roger Fox on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 09:27:01 PM PST

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      •  Environment vs economy and false framing (8+ / 0-)

        The infrastructure of this century will include a truly massive renewable energy collection system. Building that new infrastructure is the future of economic growth worldwide.

      •  Did I write N E W generation? (1+ / 0-)
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        Right now new Wind generation is just about the cheapest electricity on the planet, 3.3 to 6.5 cents per KW hour
        .

        Well, kind of. This would have been clearer>

        Right now new Wind generation is just about the cheapest new generation on the planet, 3.3 to 6.5 cents per KW hour.

        FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

        by Roger Fox on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 09:11:30 PM PST

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        •  Perhaps I should (1+ / 0-)
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          have written, "to clarify because while I'm pretty sure you understand but others might ..."

          Truth is that people frequently conflate and confuse these.  I can't count the # of times where I've had (semi-informed) advocates of new nuclear power make the argument that "nuclear power is the cheapest electricity going on the grid" and had them confused because they didn't realize the economic structure (100% paid off capital costs which, putting aside that minor annoyance of decommissioning, is about 85% of the per kWh costs) that makes today's nuclear power cheap to send to the grid and why that is essentially irrelevant to the question of what one build's today.

          Also, by the way, there is the issue with your prices in that this is not the dispatchable price -- perhaps add 1 cent for storage / power management?

          In any event, my more serious disagreement is that I think these are not aggressive enough numbers in terms of targeting clean electricity (look at what Germany is achieving with the Energiewende).  Not only can we do even better than this, we should ... However, if we set targets along the lines you've laid out, we can 'surprise ourselves' with the rapidity of success and barrel past those figures.

          Blogging regularly at Get Energy Smart NOW! for a sustainable energy future.

          by A Siegel on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 03:58:17 AM PST

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          •  LCO cost to generate from (1+ / 0-)
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            Berkeley Nat Lab.

            Right.... not dispatchable, but Levelized Cost of Operation over 20 years is common, no?

            Barrel past, oh yes.... When Vesta or GE comes out with a 16mw turbine, even if the cost to generate doubles, output is quadrupled, so we can see the Berkeley numbers cut in half. And that would be very attractive.

            RE conflating, U R right, comparing new generation to new generation is OK. Old compared to new is not.

            FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

            by Roger Fox on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 02:27:03 PM PST

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