A Saudi Prince talks of his nation’s “dangerous addiction” to oil, and sets out a plan to kick dependency within just a few years. A Bloomberg guru talks of renewables “crushing” fossil fuels around the world. Arguably the most successful entrepreneur ever turns the unveiling of an electric car not due to be delivered for 18 months into the most successful product launch in history. A revered Silicon Valley futurist ponders the seven doublings of the global solar market since 2000 – one roughly every two years – and advises doubters in the technology not to ignore the arithmetic of exponential growth: six more doublings over the next 12 years would mean 100% of global energy from the sun. Plus much more that would have been unimaginable a year ago. That was April in the great global energy transition.
Jeremy Leggett 3rd May 2016 read more »