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  •  I liked the study cited in the diary (0+ / 0-)

    since it produces some hard numbers about what needs to be done.

     But the federal Energy Information Administration's most recent forecasts assume fossil fuel will still supply the vast majority of electricity by 2040, and coal also will still outstrip renewables.  

    Orly, it isn't evidence just because you downloaded it from the internet.

    by 6412093 on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 12:05:49 PM PST

    •  The EIA predicted in 2005 that ... (10+ / 0-)

      ...we would have, in a best-case scenario, 63 gigawatts of installed wind capacity by 2025.

      But at the end of 2012, we had 60 GW.

      The EIA predicted spring that by 2035 we would have 70 gigawatts of installed wind capacity.

      Perhaps their persistent underestimate of their Annual Energy Outlook should be taken into account when figuring what things will really look like in 2040.

      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 Feb 04, 2013 at 02:11:13 PM PST

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      •  It would also be interesting (0+ / 0-)

        to compare their glib assumptions about the role of fossil fuels between now and 2035 with known reserves of those fuels, and models of their prices.   I occasionally worry that I view too many federal agencies as captured thralls producing propaganda and liability shields, without first reading a detailed exposé of that particular agency. But not this time.  As Lily Tomlin said, No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.

        Another fun project would be to google the authors of these Bush admin studies, and see what kind of wingnut welfare they are on now.

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