The United States could get 37% of its electricity from solar power by 2035, and 44% by 2050, if the public and private sectors are willing to spend $562 billion between 2022 and 2050, according to the Energy Department. At the present, the nation gets just three percent.

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm says the benefit from clean energy could be $1.7 trillion making the investment worthwhile. It could employ as many as 1.5 million people in the process. To achieve these goals, the nation would need to double the amount of solar installed every year over the next four years, as compared to 2020.

By comparison, the U.S. solar industry increased its existing solar capacity in 2020 by 20%, according to the Energy Dept. To meet the challenge, a solar farm the size of the world’s current largest solar park would have to be installed roughly every day. Keep in mind, that would also reduce valuable farmland.

The rush is on to develop wind and solar power, which is taking resources away from the old reliable: coal and gas-fired generators and nuclear. Renewables have a place in the future but trying to electrify everything would be a disaster, say the critics. There are consequences as there would be gaps that would make the old grids vulnerable.

We cannot tolerate a wealthy society with a weak electrical grid. If America wants to stay a world leader, it must have a robust power grid that delivers cheap, abundant and reliable electricity all day, every day of the year, says Robert Bryce, author and research fellow at the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity.

America’s power grid is in danger because of mismanagement and the push for clean renewables, which is degrading the reliability of the present grid. This is important because the grid is the Mother Network for critical systems such as GPS, communications, traffic lights, water and wastewater treatment.

To keep the world from warming more than 1.5 degrees Celsius, global energy consumption would have to fall seven percent over the next decade, according to the International Energy Agency.

Blackouts are deadly and those events are happening more frequently, such as the ones recently in Texas, California and Louisiana. The Energy Dept. says major electric disturbances and unusual occurrences between 2000 and 2020 jumped 13-fold.

Wealthy countries could eliminate almost all emissions, but it wouldn’t matter if China, India and other low-income countries continue to industrialize. China’s greenhouse gas emissions in 2019 exceeded those of all countries in the developed world combined.

Some unfortunate facts: the solar industry is highly dependent on materials and panels from China which uses forced labor in the solar supply chain. Recent medical journals have made the argument that “no temperature rise is safe.”

Poverty and hunger kill far more people each year than anything else, not to mention what obesity does. About 10% of the world’s population currently doesn’t have electricity, and a third still cook with stoves that use wood, coal or crop waste. A gas-fired stove would be a huge upgrade.

Higher temperatures have brought increased dehydration and renal function loss, dermatological malignancies, tropical infections, adverse mental health outcomes, pregnancy complications, allergies, and cardiovascular and pulmonary morbidity and mortality.

Some studies have determined that extreme cold kills many more people each year (1.3 million) than extreme heat (356,000), according to a study published in the Lancet. Deaths from cold weather have increased at a slower rate than the population because more people have heating. So, pick your poison.