I read with interest an article — Waxman-Markey Flunks Math where we learn that most of our electricity comes from coal, hopefully clean coal, but more importantly, the amount of energy that comes from “green” sources, and how the “math” (logic) shows how difficult it will to be “green”. BTW, the article points out that 1.1% comes from petroleum. We are going to get real about the technology we put into solar, wind, water, and biomass as we move forward — based on these numbers. When we get real about the technology investment, and strategy about technology development because our real lelectric energy needs are going to surpass our dreams of having green energy real quick. From the article, “Well, what about electricity for the other 295 million of us? You can’t get there from here with Waxman-Markey. At best, solar, wind, batteries, geothermal and cellulosic ethanol combined will meet 20% of our needs by 2025.”
So, what should be our technology strategy, where should we be making our investments (or the behaviour modification penalties) for our future energy needs? As we invest, or create public policy, we need to take into account REAL NEEDS. What do you think?