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Technological Obstacles To Implementing The Green New Deal

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Published on: January 28, 2020

Proponents of the Green New Deal want to shift all electricity production to renewable energy sources in just twelve years. Reducing carbon emissions is a noble goal, but converting entirely to renewables in that time frame wouldn’t just be expensive, it would be impossible. Increasing renewable energy production will require rapid technological advancements.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Is relying solely on wind and solar power a feasible strategy to reduce carbon emissions?
  2. What sort of technological improvements would lead to a rapid decrease in carbon emissions?

Additional resources:

  • Read “A Closer Look at the Left’s Agenda: Scientific, Economic, and Numerical Illiteracy on the Campaign Trail” by Michael J. Boskin, available here: https://hvr.co/2TqIGaJ.
  • Read “The Green New Deal Is a Pipe Dream, Not a Serious Policy Proposal” by Lee Ohanian, available here.
  • Read “The Green New Deal and the Politics of Pessimism” by David Davenport, available here.