A bit over a week ago in the so called town hall debate between major party presidential candidates, a character by the name of Ken Bone asked an interesting question
What steps will your energy policy take to meet our energy needs, while at the same time remaining environmentally friendly and minimizing job loss for fossil plant workers?Mr. Bone has had to answer to a few femurs tossed at him for this and that reason, some of the usual stuff that he posted on line here and there previously, his employment in the coal industry, etc. but be that as it may, it is not a bad question. Eli will put up links to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump's answers, but here he is more interested in providing a useful answer.
First, what appears to have been missed in the discussions that Eli has seen is that the question itself assumes that fossil fuels are going away, that, by itself was important. It slipped through with nary a whimper from the denial industry. Eli's answer (remember the candidates only had a minute or so, would go something like this.
"Thank you for that question Mr. Bone (even Eli can be polite on occasion). I would like to start by discussing some of its deeper implications. As you acknowledge, the changes we are making to the atmosphere and oceans by burning huge amounts of fossil fuel cannot continue without causing immense harm to creation and the creatures in it including us. We must replace them.
This will be difficult but the challenge contains within itself opportunities which, if we are serious, can be used to support those displaced from the fossil fuel industry and build new industries. We will need millions of workers to erect and maintain the new energy sources and their supporting infrastructure, solar, wind, hydro and nuclear and the new smart electrical transmission and transportation networks. New industries are being built. Let us build them here.
In closing let me provide a bit of historical background. The fossil fuel industries which were, and I stress were, necessary for the creation of the industrial world are not old. The coal industry is roughly 200 years oil, oil about 100 and gas pipelines only about 50. Given that history we can see that building new energy systems to replace them in a 50 year time frame can be done, given the best science we have we can see that it must be done. Economics and ethics tells us how it can be done while improving the lives of all in this country and on the Earth."
Anybunny else want to try?