Astonishingly, new research developed at Stanford University claims that it will be possible to meet all of the world’s energy needs with a combination of wind, water, and solar power as early as 2030. Not only would this mean the end of fossil fuels, but it would displace any need for further development of nuclear fission or fusion power. That means no more polluting energy sources and no more arguments about carbon footprints. Furthermore, these researchers say the total cost will be less than what it would be if we continued to use today’s mix of fossil fuels, renewables, and nuclear energy. It all sounds great. But, how much can we trust these numbers? What are the risk factors, and how do we get from where we are today to this clean new world in just 20 years? We’ll examine the available evidence and let you know what to expect.
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