Swings and roundabouts as they used to say, some things go better and some go worse. Merkel has been forced to accept a little bit of reality and called a halt to the EU stampede to unreliable energy while across the Atlantic lunacy rules among the usual suspects.
Europe is divided between the states of the west that are pushing for more unreliable energy and the states of the east led by Poland who want no part of it. The current round of negotiations has been settled in favour of a retreat to reality (no target date for carbon neutrality) behind a smokescreen of talk about how important it is to have more expensive power to save the planet.
And in the US a new bestseller is promoting a wishlist of green strategies. Put this in the “you could not make it up” file.
Project Drawdown’s ranked list of 100 climate change solutions has priced the whole planet-fixing kit at a cool $29,609 billion dollars (of other people’s money). Apparently this is cheap as it will save $74 trillion (trust me), and thousands of entreupeneurs have been sitting on their money waiting for a list like this.
All 100 are ranked through a kind of divination of a “Plausible Scenario” in a computer model. That calculates that wind turbines are ranked at 2, while nuclear energy is way down at number 20. Educating girls ranks 6th and family planning at number 7. Number one on the list is refrigerant management (and I’ll just say China, and a $2b HFC fraud). These people are not good with numbers. Who would trust them with a computer?