I was reading a paper suggesting the world could rid itself of fossil fuels in a decade. Ha ha.
One quote jumped out at me: “The study highlights numerous examples of speedier transitions that are often overlooked by analysts. For example, Ontario completed a shift away from coal between 2003 and 2014”
How did Ontario win its war on coal? Nuclear and Hydro. As I write this I checked Ontario current stats:
Did Ontario suddenly build new nuclear power facilities or new hydro dams in 10 years? No.
No new dams. No new nuclear power facilities.
“Since 2003, Bruce Power, which operates a massive nuclear plant near Lake Huron, has refurbished and placed back into service two of its units. Today, Bruce Power’s eight units make it the “world’s largest operating nuclear site” with a capacity of about 6,300 megawatts.”
“The Sir Adam Beck plant, which harnesses the power of the water tumbling over Niagara Falls, was upgraded in 2005. In 2013, a giant tunnel that funnels even more water to the plant was completed. To the north, several expansions of the Lower Mattagami River complex … ”
Sure, you can get rid of coal in 10 years if you’ve already built the dams or the nuclear power plants. Because you know damn well environmentalists won’t want you to build any new dams or nuclear power plants.