G7 climate vision requires gargantuan economic shift

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  • Uncle_Fester Niskayuna, NY
    June 9, 2015 1:34 p.m.

    Not happening.

  • Redshirt1701 Deep Space 9, Ut
    June 9, 2015 12:04 p.m.

    What boneheads. There are no technological hurdles to overcome if they really wanted to shut down all fossil fuel power plants. The most modern nuclear reactors emit no CO2, can be designed to use little to no water for power production, and can use weapons grade nuclear material to generate more power. Plus, nuclear fuel rods are recyclable, meeting the most basic definition of green energy.

  • jjtotten Washington, UT
    June 9, 2015 10:29 a.m.

    Just another power grab attempt for those who want to control the rest of the world while they refuse to limit their use of energy, just do as I say not as I do seems to be the mantra. To think that a "trace" gas has all the power to control and change our weather is beyond understanding. It is too bad that there is not more money spent on real science rather than what we are seeing among the scientific community to go where the dollars are and then try to limit the debate on the other side.

  • jameshrust Atlanta, GA
    June 9, 2015 6:15 a.m.

    This is sad commentary from the leaders of the G7. Experimental data shows there has been no warming of the planet for 17 years during a time when the increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide has been at its highest rate--averaging 2 parts per million per year. This pause in warming may go on for more decades.

    With present technology we don't have the energy sources to replace fossil fuels at a cost that most of the world can afford. Lack of cheap energy is the reason we have widespread global poverty--one and one-half billion don't have access to electricity.

    Solar and wind require large land areas--6 acres per Megawatt for solar and 50 acres per Megawatt for wind. When you start letting these sources replace most of fossil fuel energy you notice all your land is used up for this purpose. These sources are also expensive and unreliable. Back-up energy sources are needed or some form of storage.

    Carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels is an airborne fertilizer that increase crop yields and makes then more drought resistant.

    James H. Rust, professor of nuclear engineering

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    June 8, 2015 11:15 p.m.

    Climate vision?

    If the G7 were filled with honest leaders, there would be no world poverty.

    And we're to believe them about climate change?

    People are not fooled.