A Stanford University professor used a late-night television appearance earlier this month to do more than just advocate renewable energy. Mark Jacobson suggested that the entire world could easily live off renewable energy.
âThereâs enough wind to power the entire world, for all purposes, around seven times over,â the professor of civil and environmental engineering told David Letterman. âSolar, about 30 times over, in high-solar locations worldwide.â
Jacobson said a good starting point would be in the U.S., where he believes the worldâs largest untapped resource of offshore wind energy exists on the East Coast. Jacobson, the director of Stanfordâs Atmosphere/Energy program, told the audience that he is working on âscience-based plans to eliminate global warmingâ because 2.5 million to 4 million deaths take place each year due to air pollution.
Early on, Letterman posed one of the most pressing questions regarding a shift to renewables: âHow do we motivate the fossil fuel peopleâthe gas, and oil peopleâof this country to stop what they are doing? â¦ Theyâre not going to give up this multi-billion dollar industry.â
Jacobson responded, âWe really do need policies put in place. Right now, the fossil fuel industry gets a lot of subsidies. Wind and solar also get subsidies, but not quite as much in aggregate.
âPolicies need to be shifted toward wind, solar, geothermal and electric cars.â
Watch the attached to video to learn about Jacobsonâs plan and why he believes âeverythingâs going to be OK.â