10.2 The need to go slow with renewable energy development

Thursday, 27 January 2011: 4:45 PM
4C-4 (Washington State Convention Center)
William M. Gray, Colorado State Univ., Fort Collins, CO

We must be careful that we do not move too rapidly into renewable energy under the guise of the threat of human-induced global warming. The GCMs on which these climate threats are based appear to be badly flawed with regards to their treatment of the hydrologic cycle. There has been no significant global warming over the last decade. The GCMs are not being verified.

The optimistic media and governmental claims for the promising potential of renewable energy appear not to be realistic. Unbiased energy experts say that without subsides, renewable energy such as wind and solar will cost about 3-5 times as much as fossil fuel derived energy. The public will not tolerate greatly increased energy costs and a lowering of their standard of living if and when they learn that the threat of negative climate change from increases in CO2 has been greatly exaggerated. The AMS has yet to have an open, unbiased and realistic discussion of the likely influence of a doubling of CO2 on global climate.

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