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ECONOMIST Debate on Renewable Energy (Part III: Fossil Fuels Triumphant)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- November 16, 2011

[Ed. note: This is Bradley’s final statement to: “This house believes that subsidising renewable energy is a good way to wean the world off fossil fuels.” After nine days and thousands of votes cast from around the world, the opposition is polling very close.]

“A reliable and affordable supply of energy is absolutely critical to maintaining and expanding economic prosperity where such prosperity already exists and to creating it where it does not.” John Holdren (2000)

“Suggesting that renewables will let us phase rapidly off fossil fuels in the United States, China, India, or the world as a whole is almost the equivalent of believing in the Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy.” James Hansen (2011)

Energy density (think energy efficiency) is the most important concept for the House Proposition.…