Strangely, I rather like George Monbiot. He\’s clearly a great deal more interested in "smashing capitalism" than anything else, is severely misguided, but he does wear his heart on his sleeve.
Then he goes and does something like this.
Several recent studies have shown how, through maximising the diversity of renewable generators and by spreading them as far apart as possible, by using new techniques for balancing demand with supply and clever schemes for storing energy, between 80% and 100% of our electricity could be produced by renewables, without any loss in the reliability of power supplies. Unlike CCS, wind, wave, tidal, solar, hydro and geothermal power are proven technologies.
That\’s simply barking. If we actually thought that we could do that, at a cost lower than the damage fossil fuel use has, then we\’d all be doing it already.
Further, even disregarding the cost qualification, we simply do not have the ability to provide all of our power needs from the technologies he mentions. Not yet, at least. I\’ve been a long term booster of the thought that technology will indeed save us, that we\’ll abandon fossil fuels long before they either run out or boil us all…..but that happy day just isn\’t here yet.
I wonder what strange assumptions have been made in those studies to reach such a conclusion? The elimination of industry perhaps? The complete rebuilding of the entire country to passivhaus standards? Won\’t be anything cheap, that I\’m sure of.