"Enough raw energy reaches the Earth from the sun in one hour to equal all of the energy used by the entire world in a full year."
Yet, this big, glowing energy ball has less impact on the climate than Mann's carbon burning.
But wait, there's more. Touting the awesomeness of solar power and how the costs have come down:
"Germany, Europe's industrial powerhouse, where renewable subsidies have been especially high, now generates 37 percent of its daily electricity from wind and solar."
So, he admits that solar is only competitive where subsidies are "especially high" as some sort of victory for solar?
Remarking on the closing of coal plants, he understates:
"To be sure, some of these closings have been due to the substitution of gas for coal."
Sure, Al, that would be most, or nearly all. That, and the prohibitive cost to run coal plants due to government meddling.
These are just in the first few paragraphs of an essay as tedious to read as "Earth in the Balance." Irony of ironies is Rolling Stone dared to link to an article about the "10 Dumbest Things Said Abiut Climate Change" in the midst of this stupidity and obfuscation.
It would be awesome if solar, wind, and nuclear (all carbon free energy sources) could safely replace fossil fuels in the electric grid. Maybe they can, I'd just like to see the government stop subsidizing the first two and lessen the restrictions on the latter (and more promising).
Meanwhile, it'd be great if Al Gore would just exit the stage.