The IPCC report is a global call to action in a world beset by organizations and powerful politicians who really don’t want to do anything, in fact want to double down on coal, oil and gas. But there’s a missing story in the blaring headlines, one of optimism, prosperity and clean air, one of solutions which already exist, are proven and are already scaling rapidly. About a third of the problem of warming comes from burning coal and gas for electricity. And that’s a place where we have proven solutions. Utility-scale wind and solar electrical generation were the cheapest form of new capacity globally a year ago, according to investment bank Lazard. Their annual report is due out in November and is expected to show the gap widening. And we have proven that it’s possible to replace coal without the grid collapsing. It’s been done in Ontario in just over a decade. Germany is well on its way to eliminating coal and replacing it with wind and solar, after a brief blip caused by the Fukushima-motivated reduction in nuclear early in the decade. Multiple researchers such as Mark Jacobson of Stanford and Mark Diesendorf of Australia have produced multiple studies showing the path to 100% renewables over the next few years. Jacobson’s work covers 140 countries, showing the mix that’s available to them to achieve carbon-neutrality electrical generation.
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