Naomi Oreskes struggles with the news that wind power can’t cope:
After the signing of a historic climate pact in Paris, we might now hope that the merchants of doubt – who for two decades have denied the science and dismissed the threat – are officially irrelevant.
But not so fast. There is also a new, strange form of denial that has appeared on the landscape of late, one that says that renewable sources can’t meet our energy needs.
Because, currently, they can’t. Not without a great deal of upheaval that people just won’t put up with.
Oddly, some of these voices include climate scientists, who insist that we must now turn to wholesale expansion of nuclear power.
Aha! And now, we’ll see them decried from the heavens for their heresy!
No more will it be ‘You must listen to them, because they’re scientists!’. They are now the wrong sort of scientists.
That would have troubling consequences for climate change if it were true, but it is not. Numerous high quality studies, including one recently published by Mark Jacobson of Stanford University, show that this isn’t so. We can transition to a decarbonized economy without expanded nuclear power, by focusing on wind, water and solar, coupled with grid integration, energy efficiency and demand management.
Where do you live then, love? Shall we flood your area?
If we want to see real solutions implemented, we need to be on the lookout for this new form of denial.
What, the sort of denial that says a scientist stops being worth of being listened to when they fall out of groupthink?