Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Ignoring the Feast

I neglected to mention that my latest post at Gristmill is up, and it's nothing new but it's one of the enduring annoyances for me: People who insist that renewables are too small to make a meaningful contribution to our energy use are deliberately ignoring some basic facts: namely, that the conventional sources of energy are all limited and dwindling quickly, and that solar, wind, and biomass are the only ways we can provide western-equivalent energy consumption to the rest of the world at all. Coal, oil, and natural gas will all disappear before we bring China up to half of our living standard, so we shouldn't even try. Instead, spend our money where's it's going to do the most good - efficiency, conservation, and renewables.

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