Harvard Physicist Calls Gov. Gordon’s Carbon Negative Plan “Insane”
Wyoming's Governor Mark Gordon received a “no confidence” rebuke from the Wyoming Republican Party over comments he made about climate change at Harvard University.
Mr. Gordon spoke about Wyoming being committed to reaching "carbon negative" CO2 emissions.
Despite the rebuke, the governor did not budge from his “decarbonization” ideals when speaking on Monday at the Western Governors’ Association meeting in Jackson.
But is "Net Zero" or "Carbon Negative" even worth it?
Not only has it been shown that CO2 is greening the Earth and good for the planet, but achieving a "net zero" state would not be cheap.
He called the idea naïve and “completely insane”.
Dr. Molt was not calling out Wyoming's Governor Gordon by name, but what the governor has been advocating falls within the realm of what Dr. Molt was writing about.
Globally, the costs would be economically ruinous and explosive in terms of financial and social cohesion.
Some people claim promoting Net Zero would be totally easy and cheap, below $2 trillion (total integrated expenses) – as long as we built a bunch of nuclear power plants. But such claims are completely insane.
All electric cars is basically impossible. (Physicist Lubos Motl ).
Below are a few excerpts from what Dr. Molt wrote in his Email.
Every forcedly shut down power plant – whether it runs on coal or uranium – is a huge waste of money.
Equally importantly, for Net Zero, it totally fails to be enough to replace the power plants.
The replacement of cars by electric vehicles is basically impossible in the decades to come. The market already shows that the demand for EVs has almost evaporated. Instead of the promised exponential growth, the EV makers are probably facing a decline. It is no surprise.
...even if we find huge new lithium reserves, they will get more expensive to mine because we must dig deeper, and we may run out of copper, cadmium, something else. And it is just cars.
Then you have the cows with the methane etc.
Net Zero is insane with nukes or without is elementary science and economics.
The real battle is against lunatics
The appropriation of science and the ‘science’ brand by climate alarmist crackpots has been a huge blow to civilization.
It is BS that the CO2 is behind the bad individual weather events or extremes and pretty much everyone understands that 1-2 deg C of (uniform) warming per century is not a problem.
What is terrible is that CO2 has been irrationally blamed for storms and other things that have existed on Earth for billions of years.
Luboš Motl is a physicist at Harvard University.
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