By Maggie Koerth-Baker
""Hi, i am the U.S. and i am an oil-oholic."" we've got an power challenge. and everyone understands it, whether we won't all agree on what, in particular, the matter is. emerging expenditures, altering weather, peaking oil, international oil, public safety—if the fears are this complex, then the strategies are guaranteed to be much more complicated. Maggie Koerth-Baker—science editor on the award-winning web publication BoingBoing.net—finally makes a few experience out of the insanity. Over the subsequent two decades, we are going to be pressured to chop 20 quadrillion BTU worthy of fossil fuels from our strength funds, by way of losing much less and making an investment in possible choices. To make it paintings, we will have to seriously change the power platforms that experience formed our lives for a hundred years. And the end result should be neither business-as-usual, nor a hippie utopia. Koerth-Baker explains what we will be able to do, what we will not do, and why ""The Solution"" is known as a lot of recommendations operating jointly. this is not approximately planting a tree, paying for a Prius, and proving that you are a strong individual. Economics and social incentives acquired us a rustic filled with gas-guzzling automobiles, lengthy commutes, inefficient homes, and coal-fired energy vegetation out in the midst of nowhere, and economics and incentives stands out as the issues that construct our new international. finally, swap is inevitable.
- Argues we are not going to unravel the strength challenge via convincing all people to dwell like it really is 1900 simply because that isn't a very good factor. rather than reverting to the previous, we need to construct a destiny the place we get strength from new locations, use it in new methods, and do extra with less.
- Clean coal? average gasoline? Nuclear? electrical autos? we are going to want all of them. in the event you examine the numbers, you can find that we are going to nonetheless be utilizing fossil fuels, nuclear, and renewables for many years to come back.
- Looks at new battery expertise, clever grids, passive constructions, decentralized iteration, fresh coal, and carbon sequestration. those are buzzwords now, yet they are going to be part of your international quickly. for plenty of humans, they already are.
- Written via the innovative technological know-how Editor for Boing Boing, one of many ten preferred blogs in America