An article from The Guardian, titled “The race to zero: can America reach net-zero emissions by 2050? Helps us understand the scale of the change the United States must make if it is to reduce its emissions in order to comply with the Paris Agreement. Renewable energies represent the future more than ever.
This will be the most significant technological change in history: ending the use of fossil fuels, the harmful effects of which we have known about for decades and which have turned out to be much more expensive than we thought. Renewable energies such as solar power, wind power and battery storage are much cheaper than we thought a few years ago, to the point of overtaking not only coal and natural gas, but also nuclear and hydroelectric power. This fact, masked for years due to the use of incorrect metrics, has inflated a large financial bubble around conventional energy, which must be ended as quickly as possible. We need to quickly change the energy production mix, which is now possible: eliminate the use of coal before 2030; sharply reduce the use of gas and nuclear power, while dramatically increasing wind power – conventional and offshore, as well as through innovative models – and solar power, which means installing panels almost everywhere .
In the area of transport, the country’s largest source of emissions, there has been a sharp increase in sales of electric vehicles in all segments, stimulated by the construction of an extensive network of charging stations. By 2050, 96% of vehicles will be electric, or some 330 million, and there will be public charging infrastructure almost everywhere.
Equally striking will be the change at the residential level: all energy in homes, for heating, hot water or cooking, will be electric. Gas will disappear completely from kitchens, become residual in hot water systems, and be greatly reduced for home heating.
In addition, the country will build a vast network of 110,000 km of tunnels to trap carbon dioxide underground.
The article also analyzes the evolution of jobs required by the energy sector, as well as the reduction in pollution deaths. In short, an extremely ambitious and optimistic project… but fundamental if we want to have a pleasant and clean future. If you thought the switch to renewables was just a blast, think again.
Article translated from Forbes US – Author: Enrique In