Energy experts: "Green New Deal" is unrealistic and unsustainabl

Energy experts: "Green New Deal" is unrealistic and unsustainable

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

A hotly debated issue in politics recently: The Green New Deal and its lofty proposals for climate change reform.

The centerpiece of the deal is to eliminate fossil fuels and relying completely on renewable energy sources by 2030.

Backed most prominently by New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, that is exactly what the Green New Deal is proposing: A fully powered country by renewable energy sources within ten years.

International energy expert and Southern Methodist University professor Bernard Weinstein said this proposal is a necessary conversation starter about climate change reform.

He said the demands of the deal though are not practical.

"Well it's completely unrealistic if you take it at face value. We can't get all of our electricity from non-fossil fuel or non-carbon sources by the year 2020. It's just impossible," Weinstein said.

Weinstein spoke to Texas Tech law students about the importance of fossil fuels Tuesday afternoon.

The director of Tech's energy law program, Bill Keffer, said relying on renewable energy sources like wind and solar sounds good in theory, but it is unsustainable. 

"Renewable energy has to be, has to play a supplemental role because of the obvious limitations with the sun only shining half the time on its best day and the wind only blowing part of the time, you can't be fully dependent on those sources. You have to look at them as supplemental sources," Keffer said.

He said as long as the economy is the top priority, fossil fuels will continue to exist. 

"In terms of availability, affordability, dependability, and just the density of the energy source itself, you can get a lot more bang for your buck out of oil and natural gas than you'll ever get out of wind or solar as an apple to apple comparison," Keffer said.

Both Weinstein and Keffer said they are troubled with how climate change reform is turning into political theater, instead of common sense solutions.

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