I don’t think anybody knows for sure. Not everyone is sold on the idea of a “green industrial revolution” as an inevitable certainty anyway; you can find plenty of people who believe that a technological solution to our energy problems is unrealistic, and that the best we can do is find better ways to manage our use of fossil fuels. My personal belief is that we will be able to develop technology that will largely supplant, if not totally replace, fossil fuels as the world’s major energy source. I believe that for two reasons. First, much of the technology already exists in the form of solar, wind, geothermal and hydro power–it’s just a question of making these technologies economically feasible to institute on a large scale. Second, I believe the ultimate clean energy source, controlled nuclear fusion, is within our technological grasp. If there is anything close to a “magic bullet” in the realm of clean energy, it’s fusion power. We’ve been creating uncontrolled fusion reactions since the 1950s, in the form of hydrogen bombs, so I don’t think it’s too farfetched to assume that we may be able to control and perfect the process sometime in the future. Thus I think a “green industrial revolution” would probably center on power and energy sources as well as the institution of sustainable practices in living and commerce, and reduction in greenhouse gases to alleviate the effects of global warming.
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