Guest essay by Eric Worrall
The Guardian accidentally revealed the utter futility of dumping trillions of dollars of borrowed government money into the bottomless renewable energy pit.
Joe Biden could bring the Paris climate targets “within striking distance”
Biden's presidency could help reduce global warming by around 0.1 ° C If the plans are fulfilled, say experts
Fiona Harvey Environmental correspondent
Sun 8 Nov 2020 22.32 AEDT
The election of Joe Biden as President of the United States could reduce global warming by around 0.1 ° C and, according to detailed analysis, bring the goals of the Paris Agreement “within striking distance” if his plans are met.
Biden's policy of zero net carbon emissions by 2050, and plans to invest $ 1.7 billion in an environmentally friendly recreation Due to the Covid crisis, US emissions would be reduced by around 75 gigatons of carbon dioxide or its equivalent over the next 30 years. Calculations by the Climate Action Tracker show that this reduction would be enough to avoid a temperature rise of around 0.1 ° C by 2100.
However, Biden is likely to face stiff opposition to many of his Republican Party proposals at the national and state levels, while his room for maneuver is limited by the representation of the Democrats in the Senate. If his plans are legally challenged, they will be decided by a heavily conservative Supreme Court.
Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/nov/08/joe-biden-paris-climate-goals-0-1c
Hey, I can play this game too – if I get $ 1700 of that money, I promise to eat less chili beef. Paying a billion people to eat less chili beef would likely have an impact on global warming comparable to spending on renewable energy. The EPA estimates that CH4 accounts for 10% of observed global warming. The study I linked estimates that human activities like raising cattle and eating chili beans are responsible for up to 40% of detected CH4 emissions.
Alternatively, the money could be used to give all cattle in the world the special algae supplement that the CSIRO discovered that is designed to reduce methane production in the intestines.
To put this spending level in perspective, the cost of launching a 0.03 ° C manned mission to Proxima Centauri using technology developed in the 1950s has been estimated at around $ 2 trillion. I'm not saying building a spaceship is a sensible use of $ 2 trillion in tax dollars, but taking the first step in human expansion across the galaxy would certainly be a lot more fun than spending all that money on that lowering global temperature by an amount that cannot even be measured directly.
And of course, the obvious point: if reducing global warming by 0.1 ° C costs $ 1.7 trillion, we now have a Guardian-provided method for estimating the cost of eliminating our supposed impact on global climate, which reduces global warming by 1.0 ° C: 1.7 x 1.0 ° C / 0.1 ° C = $ 17 trillion.
You get eight starships for that kind of money, enough to start your own United Federation of Planets.