Here’s a way to slash emissions over 90% by 2035 without carbon taxes, biofuels, carbon capture, big reductions in consumption or lifestyle changes.
“…the new clean energy, food and transportation technologies will empower humanity to make choices allowing societies to meet their needs and prosper, while slashing up to 90 percent of global carbon emissions within just 15 years.”
“And provide the world with green energy, transportation and food that will be 2-10 times cheaper than currently.” — Rethinking Climate Change, by RethinkX, an independent think tank
Need-to-Know 1: We need drastic, unimaginable scale of change.
RethinkX is a data-driven organization analyzing new technologies for their potential to disrupt the current economy and cut emissions, preserve nature and enable all of us to prosper. I interviewed co-founder Tony Seba a few years ago. His ideas on how electric vehicle (EV) sales would take off and the potential of autonomous vehicles have largely panned out.
Seba, and 40 leading energy experts, published a report in February on how renewable energy could power the world by 2030. I covered that in a previous Need to Know issue.
RethinkX’s ideas are far from mainstream: Many would call them fantasies, others nightmarish (certainly for fossil fuel CEOs). I think they are on to something absolutely necessary but also frightening: System Change. At the Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009, over 100,000 people marched for climate action chanting: “System change! Not climate change!”.
Our status quo can’t continue as documented many times here on Need to Know. RethinkX agrees, and they show three sectors where major transformative changes are already underway with the potential to cut emissions 90% AND provide the world with green energy, transportation and food that will be 2-10 times cheaper than currently.