It would be interesting to find a single person knowledgable in energy that thinks we can go carbon free in 12 years.
I had a proven approach that could reduce energy use in the US by 5%. It was from a startup I was president of. It is now JIC’s Panoptix product.
I met with folks like Boxer, Feinstein, Markely, etc outlining the approach. It required redirecting ESCO dollars in a fashion to fund technology, rather than labor. They loved the idea until they heard it might reduce blue collar labor jobs. Interest ended. Save the planet, but not if it effects voting.
We have a lot of coal today because, in the mid 70s, a price cap and interstate tax was put on natural gas. That drove a natural gas shortage of supply everywhere but Texas. President Carter restricted the use of Natural Gas for a generation. Promoting “Clean Coal” and opening strip mining. U.S. energy diverted away from their natural gas plans, and instead built coal plants (with a 50-70 year life span).
Natural gas is important also because it can peak quicker. That means, as solar and wind vary, natural gas generation can respond. Coal can’t. So it is very expensive to demand “Match” wind and solar in areas with a lot of coal baseline generation.
Texas stuck with natural gas, because they had a huge supply and no interstate restrictions. Fast forward 40 years, Texas has one of the most dynamic and low carbon energy systems in the world. And one of the most market-based markets.
Had the government in ’78 not set forth their coal folly, the market would have moved to natural gas a long time ago. With more natural gas, it would have been a lot easier to design in wind and solar.