twa...for somebody that is in this industry.. you certainly have a high frequency of logical disconnects.
yes... gas is an improvement for the US over the previous dominant fuels that had been used (much cleaner than coal, more more locally available than refined petro) nobody denies that
Yes the US will continue to use fosil fuels, nobody denies that either.
yes... wind/solar cannot supply the US needs right now (or perhaps ever), but they are a viable option to supply a greater proportion than they normally do, and the greater their usuage, the more development is refined advanced and improved, and the more viable they become. The feed-in-tarif subsidies that solar plants needed just 5 years ago are no longer close to reality. Current solar gen projects are getting WAY less (of course alot of that is because the Chinese are subsidising solar panel manufacturers, and are clearly dumping) BUT... the long story is that these technologies are getting more competitive with greater usuage. and.. that was/is the plan. The cost associated with co-generation isn't completely internalized because there are well established negative externalities. as a result taxing cogen and/or subsidizing other gen formats is the optimal "second best" solution from economically efficiency standpoint.