New conservative climate plans in the US are neither conservative nor climate plans - cleantech perspectives @ Clixoo
The newly designed climate change policy tries to reasonably address climate change but also does not offend any large bloc of the current conservative coalition, especially the financially supportive and fossil fuel blocs.
Xoo: Even misplaced intentions can be sometimes a boon in disguise, Moo.
Moo: You’re referring to the Conservatives' plans for climate mitigations? If so, I’m wondering how you could consider them a boon.
Xoo: Well, wouldn’t you agree that all’s well that ends well?
Moo: Yes, but..
Xoo: Allow me to finish. The conservatives do not wish to hurt the fossil fuel interests. At the same time, they should be seen as doing something about climate change. So, what do they do? Pump in a lot of money into innovations that could make the use of fossil fuels less harmful to climate - innovations such as carbon capture technologies.
Moo: But isn’t that approach trying to extend the reign of fossil fuels?
Xoo: Perhaps, but whether or not you like it fossil fuels are here to stay a few more decades.
Moo: That may well be the case, but the Conservative approach could well stop the growth of renewable energy.
Xoo: In some cases, Moo, the government proposes, and the market disposes. As renewables reach a acceptable point of economics & reliability, they will start replacing fossil fuels, regardless of governments' plans.
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