The next revolution: RE<C
I’m not sure whether the entirety of The Economist’s special report is available online – you might have to be a subscriber but give it a try anyway. Pretty sure the abstract is available to everyone.
- Report abstract: The Future Of Energy, A fundamental change is coming sooner than you might think
- Full Report: The Future Of Energy, The power and the glory (sub-articles linked in right-hand sidebar)
The sub-articles are The energy alternatives, Wind power, Carbon storage, Solar energy, Geothermal generation, Bespoke biofuels, Tomorrow’s cars, Nuclear’s return, Energy’s future, and an audio interview with Geoffry Carr, science editor of The Economist.
I recommend these articles for one reason: human nature sucks. The whole planet can be in danger, with a bleak future for unborn generations, and you’ll only get a minority of people to do so much as recycle an aluminum can. Altruism is simply not a reliable way to save the world. But make clean energy one cent cheaper than coal, and the world will practically save itself.
I wish I could in good conscience have a better opinion of humanity, but the evidence is against it. That is the concept of Renewable Energy cheaper than coal, or RE<C. And why is a conservative magazine like The Economist reporting on this approach? Simple:
EVERYONE loves a booming market, and most booms happen on the back of technological change. The world’s venture capitalists, having fed on the computing boom of the 1980s, the internet boom of the 1990s and the biotech and nanotech boomlets of the early 2000s, are now looking around for the next one. They think they have found it: energy.
Think the information technology economy is big? It’s measured in mere hundreds of billions of dollars. The energy market is measured in trillions. So while the 21st century certainly has the potential to royally screw things up for future generations of humanity (to say nothing of fish) it also has the potential to blow the lid off poverty, pollution, and isolation and usher in the 22nd century in shades of cool green. Take that any way you want.
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