Can state con­vert to 100 per­cent re­new­able en­ergy by 2040?

The Denver Post - - PERSPECTIVE -

Re: “Can Colorado re­ally achieve 100 per­cent green en­ergy by 2040?” July 16 Vin­cent Car­roll col­umn.

Vin­cent Car­roll ar­gues Coloradans shouldn’t as­pire to 100 per­cent re­new­ables be­cause we don’t know “what tech­nol­ogy will look like in 23 years.” But our leaders have of­ten helped paved the way for in­no­va­tion. At the time Pres­i­dent John F. Kennedy an­nounced the U.S. would land a man on the moon, no one knew how. Yet we achieved that goal and now live in an age of ac­cel­er­at­ing change.

Colorado con­sumers may need pro­tec­tion, but not from re­new­ables, which have a hori­zon that is less dis­tant than Car­roll sug­gests, but in­stead from pol­icy mak­ers who make decades-long com­mit­ments to po­ten­tially stranded tech­nolo­gies that no one in the fu­ture will want. Where is your 1994 com­puter or cell­phone right now? K.K. Du­vivier, Den­ver

Vin­cent Car­roll, while paint­ing two Colorado con­gres­sional can­di­dates as too op­ti­mistic about green en­ergy, is him­self wildly pes­simistic. He closes by say­ing no one knows what tech­nol­ogy will look like in 23 years. True. But he ob­vi­ously has never glanced at the trend lines. The cost of so­lar and stor­age are con­tin­u­ously fall­ing dra­mat­i­cally. There is no such trend in coal, and even nat­u­ral gas can­not match this price plunge. It is not dra­co­nian gov­ern­ment reg­u­la­tions that are driv­ing this trend, as Car­roll im­plies. It is the mar­ket.

Only fos­sil minds refuse to see the demise of fos­sil fu­els. Twenty-three years is plenty of time to prove this. Daniel Macin­nis, Lake­wood

While I’m not as op­ti­mistic as Con­gress­man Jared Po­lis and for­mer state Sen. Michael John­ston are about the prospect of Colorado achiev­ing 100 per­cent green en­ergy by 2040, I’m rea­son­ably con­fi­dent it will hap­pen around the same time that fly­ing cars be­come com­mon­place. I pre­dict that among the var­i­ous chal­lenges faced in achiev­ing th­ese two tech­no­log­i­cal feats will be how to keep the fly­ing cars from be­ing swat­ted out of the sky by the blades of wind tur­bines, as hap­pened to the (by then) ex­tinct birds of prey. And in the more ru­ral ar­eas of our state, I pre­dict there will be the oc­ca­sional story of col­li­sions be­tween fly­ing cars and fly­ing pigs. Dou­glas Fleecs, Gree­ley

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