Mark Jacobson (Stanford) on "Impact of 100% clean, renewable Green New Deal roadmaps on costs, jobs, health, and climate in 143 countries"
Mark Z. Jacobson is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Director of the Atmosphere Energy Program at Stanford University.
Global warming, air pollution, and energy insecurity are three of the most significant problems facing the world today. This talk discusses the development of technical and economic roadmaps to convert the energy infrastructures of homes, cities, countries, and the world to those powered by 100% wind, water, and sunlight (WWS) for all purposes after energy efficiency measures have been accounted for. All purposes includes electricity, transportation, building heating/cooling, and industry. The talk further discusses the electricity and heat generation technologies and the electricity, heat, cold, and hydrogen storage technologies needed. It also discusses methods of keeping the electric power grid stable. Roadmaps have been developed for 143 countries, including the United States. Results indicate the grid can remain stable at low cost in each of 20 world regions encompassing these 143 countries. Aside from mitigating global warming, these roadmaps have the potential to eliminate 7 million air pollution deaths annually, stabilize energy prices, reduce catastrophic risk, and reduce international conflict over energy.