If it wasn't for my editor Echo Carthright, I would have titled this article the Energy Transition: All the Wrong Stuff. That said, I really believe the efficiency and capacity factors of current power technologies are insufficient to achieve net zero carbon emissions in most countries. Besides, a fossilize National Environmental Policy Act in the US and similar laws in other countries, NEPA will stifle construction of needed projects even if they are renewable energy and clean electric transmission.
Business as usual will not do. What's needed is serious basic and applied net zero energy research (similar to what was used to develop mRNA Covid-19 vaccines) that revolutionizes power technologies and environmental impact assessment. The latter includes standardized mitigation for most energy infrastructure projects rather than a bespoke process that makes believe this is the first time a federl agency is evaluating a given project, whether it be hydropwer, wind, solar, electric transmission, natual gas pipeline, LNG or nuclar power project. Download the full article in the Climate and Energy Jourmal. [node:read-more:link]