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Cody Janousek

Good blog post.

Sam Krasnobrod

Interesting! As much as I am a scientist, and however strong my belief in education, there is no denying the need for coercion in the face of stubbornness. The example of microgrids, and allowing for the energy company to maintain some control over household appliances during peak energy, is the easiest way that I can explain my thoughts on coercion... not everyone wants the energy co. to take control of their energy use, or electronics, especially when it comes to turning on/off the A/C in the summer. I say we fine them until they comply... or just ignore them completely. We must fix the problem using facts and logic; if they don't understand logic or believe facts... well. I guess we can turn off their A/C first.


Another one of my comments didn't post! I don't know what I am doing wrong! Here's a pre-spring break comment, reposted:

I found your post really insightful. It points out the ways in which the energy system is not only pushing the atmospheric thresholds, but also the water thresholds, of our environment. This seems like it would be especially true for Western states like Colorado.

To address your question, I think we should absolutely frame the argument to transform to a low-carbon (or renewable energy powered) energy system from the perspective of the non-climate related benefits it provides. I think states like Texas demonstrate that renewable energy can be a popular option, even if people aren’t primarily motivated by wanting to address climate change. Luckily for those of us studying renewable, other factors such as increasing cost-effectiveness and ability to address concerns like price volatility, energy security, and a diverse generation mix can be effective motivators for people who live in states where climate change is not part of the discourse.

That being said, I’m hesitant to ignore the climate denial completely. I certainly think renewable energy advocates can continue to tout the environmental benefits of renewable energy. This just may not be the primary focus, depending on the audience. My hope is that climate denial will become less mainstream over time. There was an interesting article in the NY times yesterday about climate attitudes in the US, which I though was an interesting complement to your post. It found that the majority of American’s think climate change is real and support carbon emissions regulations. They are just skeptical of whether it will impact them, personally.


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