This section is meant as a primer to the world of climate change and renewable energy. CleanTechnica has posted over 40,000 articles since its inception in 2008. However, reading all of them would take months, so the following is a distillation of the key pieces of the puzzle.
Renewable Energy Basics
These articles cover the bare minimum you need to know about climate change and defeating it. They explain how 100% renewable energy is already possible and modeled, why it would cost less than what we pay now for power, and why the real problem is motivation and not technology to prevent 1.5°C or more of global temperature rise.
Also, hydrogen and nuclear need not apply, as they are inefficient and more expensive than solar/wind/storage. Why would you pay more than you are now when you can pay less instead?
The technical tools needed to defeat climate change are now available. The reason it is not happening at the necessary scale is that it is not being demanded by a critical mass of the population. While many claim to want to defeat it, relatively few are voting for it at the ballot box or with their own dollars.
One of the way naysayers prevent progress is to argue Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt (FUD): that it’s not possible, too expensive, or worse than the status quo. Arguing with them is like playing a game of whack-a-mole, since their actual goal is not to make humanity better off — it is to find an excuse that sticks and keeps people from creating a better future.
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I've had an interest in renewable energy and EVs since the days of deep cycle lead acid conversions and repurposed drive motors (and $10/watt solar panels). How things have changed.
Also I have an interest in systems thinking (or first principles as some call it), digging into how things work from the ground up.
Did you know that 97% of all Wikipedia articles link to Philosophy? A very small percentage link to Pragmatism.
And in order to put my money where my mouth is I own one (3x split) Tesla share.
A link to all my articles