Al’s got nice energy levels and optimism (pun intended), but he failed to prove his case with a lot of distracting rhetoric. Still the politician I see.
Force of will is all well and good, but it’s got to be greater then the cause and effect, which absolutely MUST be addressed.
First off, wind is not a store of energy (and neither are lithium batteries). Secondly, “More business opportunity” will lead to more energy consumption (fueling civilization’s heat engine, growth, etc.).
A lot of his talk doesn’t address critical issues that will have a tremendous impact upon any concepts of “success”, such as – population, energy consumption, resource depletion, agriculture, ocean CO₂ saturation, melting ice, permafrost, the ‘methane’ problem developing globally, atmospheric carbon, ocean circulation and the highly disrupted jet stream, what china is REALLY doing (already violating COP 21 agreement), etc.
No doubt that changes are taking place… but it’s really a rearrangement of the deck chairs until root causes are finally admitted to and addressed.
Example: solar panels does not change much of anything. Until humanity changes its energy demands, population levels, attitudes, sources of carbon (what do you think is going to mine, build and transport these alternative energy sources?), carbon amounts already released, agriculture practices, and so many other critical points that directly tie into our survival as a species, then no amount of ‘rearrangement’ of our demands will work as expected – but it WILL waste a great deal of time, energy, resources and money, none which we have an abundance of.
Kudos for the optimism, but it’s not enough.
For whatever reason (I know the reason, but it’s too unpopular to post), we keep pretending we can techno-fix our way out of this predicament. But we’re repeating the same mistakes of the past, including in our thinking and even in our discussions. We cannot bring ourselves to admit to extremely critical points that must be addressed in order for anything to actually work very long.
For this reason, these present efforts (at best) will simply buy humanity a tiny slice of time. At worst, they will do nothing at all except permit some to reap more profits while wasting what time, energy and resources we still have left to actually try and do something that really counts. And this isn’t it.