Zero carbon by 2050

Discussion in 'Politics' started by ChiefGator, Mar 15, 2019.

  1. ChiefGator

    ChiefGator A Chief and a Gator, Master of the Ignore list!!!!

    Nov 9, 2015
    +3,909 / -342
    I found this and thought it would make a great science fiction short story.

    Some excerpts from this fantasy, at least in that time frame. And of course humans will be extinct before 2050 anyhow (just kidding of course).

    Sila Kiliccote is an engineer. The back deck of her house, high up in the hills, overlooks Cupertino. Apple's circular headquarters is hidden in the morning mist. It's a long way from Istanbul, in Turkey, where she grew up; a great place to conjure up future worlds.

    "By 2025, battery technology got cheaper," she says. Electric cars were no longer more expensive. "At that point there was a massive shift to electric vehicles, because they were quieter, and cleaner, and [required] less maintenance. No oil change! Yippee! You know?"

    We needed more electricity to power all this right when we were shutting down power plants that burned coal and gas. It took a massive increase in power from solar and wind farms. They now cover millions of acres in the U.S., 10 times more land than they did in 2020. Huge electrical transmission lines share electricity between North and South America. Europe is connected to vast solar installations in the Sahara desert, which means that sub-Saharan Africa also has access to cheap power.

    Some big cement and steel plants still are burning coal or natural gas, but they also have to install massive plants to capture carbon dioxide from their smokestacks and put it back underground.

    "We just had to kind of bite the bullet and say, 'OK, if you're making cement or steel, you are capturing and sequestering that CO2,'" Benson says. "And in some cases we actually had to say, 'We're not going to make those things here anymore'" because it wasn't economically feasible to capture the CO2 emissions from that factory.

    It appears that aircraft still are burning jet fuel. When you buy a plane ticket, you're also paying to cancel out that flight's carbon emissions, capturing an equivalent amount of CO2 from the air. This makes air travel expensive. Fortunately, we now have much faster trains. Teleconferencing helps, too.

    Comment as you desire.
  2. EyeDocGator

    EyeDocGator Politically Incorrect
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    Oct 26, 2015
    +7,072 / -173
    Sounds like a Lefty's wet dream. If you believe this is even remotely possible you certainly believe Venezuela is paradise on Earth.

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