The Sun's Shadow

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45 Trillion!

I know we have to do something for the environment/planet and the scientific consensus is that global warming is real and here to stay. Then this morning comes the price tag for us to deal with the situation 45 Trillion Dollars, that 45 with 12 zeros after it! Who came up with this number Dr. Evil?

The world needs to invest $45 trillion in energy in coming decades, build some 1,400 nuclear power plants and vastly expand wind power in order to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, according to an energy study released Friday.

The report by the Paris-based International Energy Agency envisions a “energy revolution” that would greatly reduce the world’s dependence on fossil fuels while maintaining steady economic growth.

I have no dispute here that something needs to be done, however the current cost estimate is staggeringly high even when spread out over time. Obviously there are the little things we all can do to help slow down the warming and reduce our individual contributions too it. However in addition to all these things we need some ingenuity and to use the cliche “outside the box” thinking. To continue the cliches necessity is the mother of invention and we humans are clever and crafty especially when the chips are down… wow if only we could use cliches to reduce global warming.

This is the world we have made and it is up to all of us to do what we can to take care of it and preserve it for future generations, but when I see numbers like $45,000,000,000,000 I cannot even wrap my mind around that amount of money let alone accounting for it, do they factor in how much of that 45 Trillion will be lost/stolen/wasted… what the next number after a trillion? Is there even 45 trillion dollars in the world?

Science Save us…


June 6, 2008 - Posted by | Nature, Science |

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