Comment by David Lewis on the Energy Collective:
When your colleague Joe Romm appeared onstage at Dartmouth with Ernie Moniz recently, he told the audience so many whoppers about solar power, whether baseload power was even required anymore, and about the cost of nuclear power, that Moniz, one of Romm's former teachers, felt he had to tell the crowd that what Romm was saying was "untrue". Romm kept on with the whoppers. Moniz used his last opportunity to speak to quote someone Romm respected to see if that would slow Romm down. The exchange between Joe Romm and Ernie Moniz:A Hat Tip to David Lewis who has dared to say what many of us have thought about Joe Romm, and indeed the renewable energy crowd.
Romm: "...you can do it by pushing that technology into the marketplace, and going down the experience of the learning curve, and learning how technologies work in the marketplace, and getting economies of scale, and that from my perspective is the best route and the most successful route - that was the point of the IEA report, that if you really want to bring down the cost of technologies, get them into the marketplace and do innovation...."
Moniz: "I will just "neutrally" quote my colleague John Deutch, who says, "learning curves are the refuge of scoundrels".
Looking at Romm, Moniz then says "you can argue with John".
Romm: "I would never argue with John".
Could you ask Joe Romm if this means he accepts that he is a scoundrel, and report back to us here at The Energy Collective?