The 2030 date to achieve the Paris climate target has inspired new engagement in climate solutions. Nevertheless, there is widespread pessimism about slowing climate change in the near term. Countering this view, increasingly low-cost solar plus low-cost battery storage are emerging as "the dominant backbone" of a future global energy economy.
In this talk, Goodstein will explore the Solar Dominance Hypothesis: the idea that in the 2020’s solar plus storage will emerge as part of a suite of highly disruptive energy technologies, and that driven by both the market and policy, within ten years 50 percent or more of power could be produced from solar plus storage. A solar plus storage market disruption, combined with rising civic action around other climate solutions, could open the road to “solve climate” — the energy side — over the next decade.
Eban Goodstein is an economist, author and public educator who directs both the Center for Environmental Policy and the MBA in sustainability at Bard College. In recent years, he has organized national educational initiatives on climate change, which have engaged thousands of schools and universities, civic institutions, faith groups, and community organizations in solutions-driven dialogue. Goodstein holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. in geology from Williams College.
Goodstein is the author of three books: "Economics and the Environment," (John Wiley and Sons: 2017) now in its eighth edition; "Fighting for Love in the Century of Extinction: How Passion and Politics Can Stop Global Warming" (University Press of New England: 2007); and "The Trade-off Myth: Fact and Fiction about Jobs and the Environment" (Island Press: 1999). His research has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Scientific American, Time, The Economist, USA Today, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, and he has testified in Congress on the employment impacts of environmental regulation. At Bard he also directs C2C Fellows, a network of undergraduates and recent graduates who aspire to sustainability leadership in business, NGOs and government.
Tuesday, September 24 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Community Foundation Theater in the Gund Gallery
101 1/2 College Drive, Gambier, Ohio 43022