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Renewables within 20 years

3. We can convert the entire world’s energy system to renewables within 20 years
Mark Jacobson, at Stanford University, and Mark Delucchi, at UC Davis, published in peer-reviewed scientific journals a plan for how to provide electricity for the entire world by 2030 using only wind, water, and solar technology already available in 2009. When they created this plan to meet the world’s energy demand in 20 years, they took into account that the world adds approximately 1 billion people every 12 years and that emerging economies are looking to have our lifestyle, which requires greater energy needs. Their report shows we can meet the entire world's energy needs with renewable sources in 20 years, we can do it without nuclear, and we can do it for the same amount of money that we'd be spending on fossil fuel power anyway, even without including the significant environmental and health costs of using fossil fuels [1, 2, 3].

Additional talking points:
Specifically, their plan calls for all NEW energy installations to be from renewables by 2030, and all power to be renewable by 2050. However, they do state that 100% renewable energy, transport, and infrastructure is possible by 2030 if there is a WWII -type ramp up to meet this goal.

1. Jacobson, M.Z., and M.A. Delucchi. “Providing all Global Energy with Wind, Water, and Solar Power, Part I: Technologies, Energy Resources, Quantities and Areas of Infrastructure, and Materials.” 2010. Energy Policy, 39, pp. 1154-1169. doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2010.11.040.
2. Delucchi, M.Z., and M.Z. Jacobson. “Providing all global energy with wind, water, and solar power, Part II: Reliability, System and Transmission Costs, and Policies.” 2011. Energy Policy, 39, pp. 1170-1190. doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2010.11.045.
3. Jacobson, M.Z., and M.A. Delucci. “A path to sustainable energy by 2030.” Nov. 2009 (cover story). Scientific American. URL: http://www.scientific...

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