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Stop Bickering!

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Visionary and innovator in the utility industry and grid modernization Burns & McDonnell

I have a broad background in utilities and energy. I worked for Capgemini in the Energy Practice for more than 15 years. During that time I rose to the position of CTO of the 12,000 person...

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There are many people on LinkedIn that want a clean energy economy, and we are not going to get there!

Why, because we are like a pot of crabs put on the stove to boil, anytime one of the crabs starts up the side, the others pull the crab down.

Right now, there is no magic technology, and we need them all. Instead, the community here rails against wind or solar or geothermal (many confusing HVAC geothermal with steam producing geothermal).

A lot of this is that people here are invested in a technology and scared that if someone else is gaining, they will not make as much. This is very likely untrue since we need a ten-fold increase in clean energy production.

A large group of clean energy professionals donated heavily to the campaign for President, from that they see a massive pot of subsidies and tax credits, while they worked together on the election, they are now squabbling over the pot of gold.

They need to stop. There is plenty for everyone in the roughly $7 trillion dollars in grants, subsidies, and tax credits in the IRA and IIJA.

So worried about the cost increases that might come from onshoring manufacturing and processing, some are fighting back to keep our dependence on China intact. This too needs to stop, because the blue-collar community needs manufacturing jobs to grow as automotive jobs shrink.

We must in the words of Benjamin Franklin “"We must all hang together, or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately."

Questioning how a technology works or how it can be used is fine, but finding ways to cut someone else down to build your position is counter productive to the end goal of a clean energy future.

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Michael Keller on Oct 4, 2022

Green energy is essentially a monumental hoax perpetrated on the world by a bunch of greedy leftest. Controlling CO2 is not going to direct the planet’s future climate. The climate is controlled by the sun’s energy and the complex chaotic processes that move energy around the globe. CO2 is a minor bit player because it only involves a minor sliver of the sun’s energy while being minor fraction of the planet’s atmosphere.

I hope the whole Biden green energy raid on the taxpayers is wrapped hopelessly around the axle. 

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