This is going to be technology week on Climate Progress. I will be describing the technologies that the nation and the world will use to avoid catastrophic warming, and discussing things like commercialization and deployment.
I will also present the “silver bullet” technology that will probably be the single biggest contributor to replacing coal by 2050 — when exactly I post will be contingent on when Salon runs my long piece on this technology.
I will lay out all of the “stabilization wedges” that I think the world will be employing. And I’ll even try to lay out a scenario for how I think the politics may play out to make this all happen.
Strangely, the more I have thought about this in the last week, the more optimistic I have become — which is the opposite of how thinking about most things climate related usually affect me. I think the world can stay below 450 ppm, if we want to, while sustaining development — and, of course, without any technology breakthroughs. Indeed, to echo Ken’s Apollo 13 metaphor, we are going to have to save ourselves with the technologies we have now (which includes what will be commercial by, say, 2020).
More to come!