The only important thing when learning to draw is how to draw with the right amount of effort to move it in the correct direction, without wasting time.
That doesn’t usually take time (unless we are talking about art students).
It’s been a tough week here at the White House. Not because the Republicans have been playing nice or not doing what they said they would. That would be nice.
A few weeks ago, I had a meeting with the president and, if I can recall correctly, the meeting involved the topic of energy policy. At the time, they were discussing a plan for energy independence by 2030. That’s the year when the United States would hit its emissions reductions target under the Paris Agreement. At the time, the plan was, if you can believe it, to get 100 percent renewable electricity. The United States would get all the renewable energy it needs by 2030.
So, I said I don’t really see the need for a whole lot of wind energy and solar. I said what I would take that energy and, for a decade, you can get some in coal because there will be a lot of coal plants going offline, and for a decade later that was true.
Then, the president started making some comments about what would happen if we don’t hit the climate goal. Well, a lot of us are, of course, experts on science and a lot of us understand that climate change is happening. I am not going to be the president making pronouncements on how this stuff happens, so my understanding — and my wife’s in a science program — is that we know the climate has always been getting warmer and that human activity is largely the culprit.
But I think in the past, what the president was telling us was you’ve got to move very quickly, because the next time you meet a storm, you’re going to want to evacuate — and so there was a bit of reluctance to invest in renewables. It would be nice, but I think many of the people at the White House are looking at this more with a sobering lens.
This week, we went up to North Dakota to review this problem, and that’s another question: Could we see a bit more coal plant and a bit more oil-fired power plant in the United States?
As I said, there is a tremendous amount of scientific consensus on climate change. And what people haven’t heard about is there is another kind of scientific consensus — a kind of “conventional
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