- Stanford Professor Mark Z. Jacobson's Plan
for 100% carbon-free energy in the US by 2050,
with no nuclear (132 pages). It involves
getting energy mostly from solar, wind, hydro, and
geothermal, and using hydro for energy storage for
windless nights. Pretty much every suitable
hydro site in the country has already been dammed,
and Jacobson realizes this. For energy
storage, we'll need an order of magnitude more dam
turbines than we have, and the proposal is to add
more turbines to existing dams, including many
irrigation dams that currently don't have any turbines on
Paper outlining the plan (132 pages).
Much of the paper is appendices with long lists
Mark Z Jacobson's October 25 2018 talk.
The video is one hour long, but the first
exactly 10 minutes is all introductions. You
really can't see the slides very well in the
video, but you can
load them here. These are the exact
same slides used in the video.
Christopher T. M. Clack's rebuttal to the
which is only 6 pages long. It says that
Jacobson radically overestimates the amount of turbines
that can be added to existing dams, among other
problems. Jacobson sued the authors of
this paper for misrepresenting his work, but
later dropped the suit. This was still very
problematic for Clack Et Al, since they had spent
large sums on legal defense before the lawsuit was
dropped. If Jacobson is going to intimidate critics
into silence by threatening to bankrupt them with
lawsuits, that calls into question the credibilty of
his work, since it is not subject to proper
This article in Scientific American
discussed the controversy, before the lawsuit was
filed. Jacobson and his acolytes tend to view anyone
who questions them as shills for the nuclear industry.
- Nuclear Energy
Emissions by Energy Type This is net
warming caused by the emissions of CO2 and CH4
(methane) due to the creation of the energy
consumed by one person in their lifetime.
per MWh by Energy Type Note that when
the cost of wind and solar are calculated, they
usually aren't factoring in the expense of either
storing the energy for windless nights, or keeping
a backup supply from some other source on standby.