According to energy research group Wood Mackenzie, in order to adapt to the 100 percent renewable power grid called for in extreme schemes like the Green New Deal, some costly and nearly impossible feats of technology and infrastructure must be achieved:
- 1,600 gigawatts (GW) of wind and solar capacity—more than 11 times the U.S.’s current capacity—would have to be added, at a cost of around $1.5 trillion.
- 900 GW of energy storage—900 times more than is currently installed—would be necessary to compensate for when the weather is not conducive to wind and solar, at a cost of $4 trillion.
- 200,000 miles of high voltage transmission to get wind and solar energy to major metropolitan areas would cost another $700 billion.
Meanwhile, natural gas—a clean, abundant and affordable American energy source—could conveniently power the country for the next century or even more. Why would we want to make a risky switch to energy sources that don’t have the technology to reliably power our country?
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