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US Energy production: not going well

by Bill Haaf

Political leaders are talking about climate but unfortunately, America and the world are still on a path to hit a 2.5 C increase in average temperatures.

Terrible impacts will occur: billions of human deaths, wars, drops in crop yields, collapse of ocean and lake fisheries due to heating and lack of oxygen in the water, loss of huge forests, continuing rapid decline in biodiversity on land and in the water….

Before you vote for US Senate and Representative, ask candidates: “Have you and will you push for renewable energy? Do you see climate as a crisis?”

As the following charts show, the US is still very low in renewable energy, even if we were to count nuclear as renewable because its power stations do not produce greenhouse gases. The first chart shows electricity generation only.

The second chart shows even worse news in total energy use:

• Fossil fuels totaling 79%: petroleum oil 35%, natural gas 34%, coal 10%. And this does not count all those methane leaks all along the supply chain into  your home

• Renewables 12%.

• Nuclear 9%.

Looking for a presentation on climate paths forward?

Are you interested in organizing a presentation on paths forward to reverse and protect against climate change? Your civic group or municipality could be a good audience.

Bill Haaf, who lives in Pocopson township and belongs to Chester Citizens for Climate Protection (one of the 4 component groups of the West Chester Green Team), is kindly willing to speak for free.

Bill, retired from DuPont after 38 yrs. was a scientist and Corporate Manager of Product Stewardship. He has been closely involved with the science and risks of climate crisis for 25 yrs.

His 50 min power point presentation on “Climate Crisis: Paths Forward, realistic numbers & solutions” to be followed by questions and discussion.

I you might be interested please contact Bill at 610-675-7131 or billhaaf@verizon.net

The outline of his talk follows

Climate Crisis: Paths Forward, realistic numbers & solutions

• Climate  Change is an existential threat  to  America

• Brief overview: Scientific consensus & biggest  impacts

* Barriers: It’s a cultural war

– Roles of oil & gas: No fossil fuel by 2050                

– America lacks goals & strategy!

•  Harsh data:  Progress is too slow

– How many options? 

– Solar & wind  & electrolysis  & renewable H2 & methane net power; nuclear                

– What  about trees & soils & steel & cement & beef ?       

•  What about Carbon Capture ?