Feigning concern about the U.S. economy, the United Nations’ lead climate change negotiator recently expressed her annoyance with America’s dragging its feet on climate change.

Christiana Figueres said: “Why would the United States allow other countries to pursue the technologies of the future while the United States stays with the technologies that are becoming every day more obsolete, hence losing its future competitiveness in an increasingly competitive world?”

By “obsolete” she means oil, coal and natural gas — you know, the stuff that works and can reliably churn out gigawatts of usable power in modern, clean-burning systems.

By “technologies of the future” she means:

  • Windmills — The earliest known confirmed windmill was built in the first century A.D. by Heron of Alexandria. There are stories, however, that Hammurabi used wind power in the 17th century B.C. Babylon. In terms of power output, it takes hundreds of square miles filled with windmills to replace one modern power plant. And it still only works when the wind is blowing, unless you add on a sizable battery storage capacity.

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