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Should governments push for 100% renewable energy?
Governments all around the world should push for 100% renewable energy as fast as possible.
Climate change poses one of the greatest risk to our civilization and we should do everything we can to mitigate it.
Only government can initiate big, widely spread change. Like China engaging a
war on pollution
and already seeing benefits.
Renewable energy technology is the cleanest way to generate energy without CO2 emissions.
Renewable energy technologies work best in a decentralized structure, making them ideal for countries in the global south without sufficient energy infrastructure.
Renewable energy technologies give many people the opportunity to become "prosumers", consumers who generate their own energy and sell any excess.
100% renewable energy will give us cleaner air.
Achieving 100% renewable energy is not realistic or necessary.
Renewable energy is not economically competitive with fossil fuels. Large expenditures and coordination would be required to achieve this, which may not be feasible for a great many governments.
We have not currently made all the technological advances necessary to rely solely on renewable energy.
Pushing for 100% RE endangers jobs in many industries, ranging from oil to coal.
The existing electricity grids in many western countries are not made to support an RE based energy market.
If you try to dive in too fast you run the risk of making your grid dependent on the technology where it stands and making massive costs to exchange later for more efficient tech.
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