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Doubling renewables saves 15x more than it costs
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Quote:REmap: Roadmap for A Renewable Energy Future, finds that doubling renewables in the global energy mix by 2030 is feasible and actually less expensive than not doing so. It can save up to $4.2 trillion annually by 2030 – 15 times more than the costs – all while achieving numerous economic, social and environmental goals.
Doubling Renewables Can Save Trillions | IRENA newsroom
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Hey, but what about Solyndra?? Contrary to these idiotic tax cuts for the rich that are required for any Republican candidate, a massive investment in alternative energy would actually create jobs, secure our energy future, save the climate... 

And now it turns out it makes economic sense as well..
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Measures to safe us from climate change do not necessarily have to come at the expense of economy dynamism as the right always claims. This is actually demonstrated in practice:

Quote:These two Scandinavian countries shed light on a challenge for all advanced economies: how to implement responsible social policies that reduce carbon emissions and provide for the poor while also innovating to expand the economy. Both Sweden and Denmark have high tax rates that support successful social policies and still leave room for innovative industries. It’s the Danish example in particular that demonstrates how social challenges like climate change can offer great opportunities for new and expanding economic activity. The goal here is to explain what factors were central to Denmark’s success.

We argue that Denmark’s cleantech development has been led by legacy manufacturing companies that were founded decades before “cleantech” was even discussed. These corporate actors, who pivoted toward cleantech during a period of economic crisis, are the missing puzzle piece; when paired with government demand-pull and (more importantly) technology-push policies, they transformed into globally competitive cleantech firms. And this phenomenon could recur elsewhere—legacy manufacturing regions in the U.S. Rust Belt could become cleantech hubs. The lesson is that cleantech hubs require far different ingredients than those required to develop a software-led innovation economy.
Energy, Security, and Climate » Lessons in Cleantech Success from Scandinavia (Pt. 2): The Importance of the Danish Manufacturing Revival
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The stuff is marching on..

Quote:Chile has just contracted for the cheapest unsubsidized power plant in the worldBloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) reports. In last week’s energy auction, Chile accepted a bid from Spanish developer Solarpack Corp. Tecnologica for 120 megawatts of solar at the stunning price of $29.10 per megawatt-hour (2.91 cents per kilowatt-hour or kwh). This beats the 2.99 cents/kwh bid Dubai received recently for 800 megawatts. For context, the average residential price for electricity in the United States is 12 cents per kilowatt-hour.

Solar Delivers Cheapest Electricity ‘Ever, Anywhere, By Any Technology’ — ThinkProgress
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Quote:REmap: Roadmap for A Renewable Energy Future, finds that doubling renewables in the global energy mix by 2030 is feasible and actually less expensive than not doing so. It can save up to $4.2 trillion annually by 2030 – 15 times more than the costs – all while achieving numerous economic, social and environmental goals.
Doubling Renewables Can Save Trillions | IRENA newsroom
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Quote:$26 trillion by 2030. That, according to the most authoritative research to date, is the amount of money humanity could save through a global shift to sustainable development..
A global shift to sustainability would save us $26 trillion - Vox
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