Skip to main content

View Diary: Green diary rescue: Wolves under the gun, eyeballing damselflies & mapping the polar cyclone (36 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  The IEA report: redrawing the energy-climate map.. (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Glen The Plumber

    ..is really something to see - pdf.

    One of the hurdles to energy corporations to re-tooling into renewables identified in the report is carbon lock-in

    I found a paper describing carbon lock-in:
    Understandin carbon lock-in by Gregory C Unruh - March 3 2000
     

    Industial economies have been locked into fossil fuel based energy systems through a process of technical and institutional co-evolution driven by path depenent increasing returns to scale.

    It is asserted that this condition termed carbon lock-in, creates persistent market and policy failures thatthat can inhibit the diffussion if carbon-saving  technologies despite their apparent economic and enviromental advantages. - emphasis added

    Energy policies to keep the 2 °C target alive include tackling this problem

    Somehow then the 3.5 trillion dollar price tag has to cost the carbon based energy corporations if this situation of carbon lock-in can be un-locked.

    Legislation that pays for true cost of carbon.

    Republicans won't like it of course (despite their 4 year long bloviating about the absolute need for paying for everything - that doesn't have military or missles in it's title - by cutting social programs) and even Dems in coal & fracking states but it's got to be done. A carbon tax or something to break the lock.

    But after reading War on Error's account of yet another cost/failure of carbon energy, and seeing the success of Solar Energy in nzanne's Dairy, with constant pressure anything is possible imo

    Great roundup this week as usual Thx MB

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site