Engineers have developed the roadmap to 100% renewable energy by 2050. All it takes is a 40% reduction in energy consumption and a few other pipe dreams. From phys.org, Engineers develop state-by-state plan to convert US to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2050
All it takes is an aggressive change in infrastructure ($$$), social and political will power and changes in the way we use energy. The experts from Stanford and U. C. Berkeley have a 50-state roadmap on just how to do it. If you click on a number of states you see that the energy use adjustment is about a 40% decrease in energy use. That is certainly technologically possible in the next 35 years. It rather flies in the face of historical energy consumption in the U. S., which seems to have been around 340 MMBtu per capita until the 2008 recession. A 40% reduction drops us below the per capita energy consumption in 1949 (214 MMBtu). Unless some really magical technology comes about, I’d guess that a large reduction in energy use would have a large negative impact on the economy, unless we intend to engineer a totally different economy.
The solution comes with jobs increases, health savings and over-all lower cost energy and money in your pocket. The engineers rather ignore the lack of hard data for fossil fuel related health problems and increases in energy costs for those countries pursuing the green agenda.
We do get a nice state-by-state proposal with savings, old fossil energy in black and new 100% renewable in bright, clean colors. 5.7% from solar in Alaska? Really?