The Green New Deal is a move in the general direction of real. That’s not really good enough.
I want a Green New Deal that faces up to the Arctic meltdown that can destroy Eaarth’s ecosystem all by itself. We can choose to inhibit and stop this catastrophe, just as we can choose to try to stop a forest fire. Or, we can choose to burn up. An unfortunate few have made such dire choices.
I want a Green New Deal that recognizes with 20/20 vision the reality of R&D. Power from photovoltaic panels used to cost 100 times as much as power from coal-fired steam turbines. Offshore wind power used to be rather uneconomical.
We need to focus our R&D efforts on fields that are likely to displace gigatons of greenhouse gases. My own targets are totally fuelless and no sheet plastic warm-weather vegetable production in winter (you should see my tomato plants!), heating all buildings in winter, solar thermal storage for generating electricity after sunset and transit innovations.
I’m asking for focused organization of this effort. It’s not as if we want Halliburton to rebuild one 1950s-style Disneyland monorail for a billion dollars and then give up. We need committees of honest idea champions to find many meritorious ideas out here, as opposed to so-so ideas advertised with loud clanging sounds. We need technologists to try to poke a few holes in the incoming ideas, and then try to patch the holes, in order to ultimately make the ideas more robust.
I’m sorry if nothing is ever simple, but we live with a government that tends mightily toward corruption. Right now we’re subsidizing ethanol production, even though a gallon of ethanol takes the energy equivalent in oil to produce, so that ethanol production is pretty dumb. However, Big Ag loves the subterfuge.
want to get this right.