|‘I will not accept two degrees, because when we see the disasters on the world coming from zero point eight degrees today, we should not accept it.’ ~ Hans-Josef Fell|
July 10, San Francisco
Hans-Josef Fell, member of the German Parliament (Green Party) and physicist, spoke at Intersolar in San Francisco about his new book Global Cooling: Strategies for Climate Protection.
He was joined by Stanford’s Mark Jacobson who wrote a forward for the book, and by Eicke Weber, Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, who gave an enthusiastic though delayed introduction to the talk, highlighting Fell’s role in creating Germany’s feed in tariff.
|‘It is a large problem, but it is a solvable problem, and Hans-Josef’s book really tries to address this in a nice way’ ~ Mark Jacobson|
Global Cooling outlines a strategy to reduce carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere without nuclear power or natural gas, relying instead upon solar, wind, and hydro power. Fell also mentions the need to shift to ‘green chemistry’, since petroleum is a huge factor in conventional plastics, much of which is eventually incinerated and thus released into the atmosphere. He also advocates widespread adoption of feed-in tariffs, which contributed to Germany’s recent extraordinary growth in solar installations.
“We see together that everywhere in the world, big conferences, government conferences, they bring no solutions. We need new strategies, we need new ideas, and I believe new goals – not climate warming till two degrees, this is accepted mostly in the world, and it seems to be not reachable. But I will not accept two degrees, because when we see the disasters on the world coming from zero point eight degrees today, we should not accept it.”
“And I looked to the details, what could we make, the humankind, to protect our climate, and I found out it is possible to cool down the Earth in some decades, and it would be possible in an economic way, not a burden on the economy. And we find the right solutions, the right strategies, and the right friends who would work together, and one of the most important actors.. is the finance industry, the finance people.” ~ Hans-Josef Fell
“There’s an over 30% reduction in the actual energy we need just by converting to electricity and hydrogen because of the efficiency of electricity.” ~ Mark Jacobson
Report by James George