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"No technological or economic barriers to converting the world to renewable energy"

September 18, 2012

New research from the Stanford University suggests that the transitional to clean, renewable energy be accomplished with today’s technology at costs roughly comparable to conventional energy.

The study has been co-authored by Stanford researcher Mark Z. Jacobson and UC-Davis researcher Mark A. Delucchi, and concludes that:

“Based on our findings, there are no technological or economic barriers to converting the entire world to clean, renewable energy sources,” said Jacobson, a professor of civil and environmental engineering. “It is a question of whether we have the societal and political will.”

The authors are realistic about the size of the challenge, and co-author Jacobson states that “this really involves a large scale transformation…it would require an effort comparable to the Apollo moon project or constructing the interstate highway system.”

“But it is possible, without even having to go to new technologies. We really need to just decide collectively that this is the direction we want to head as a society.”

Read the full article on the Stanford University News pages

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