[ExI] How Electricity Became a Luxury Good

spike spike66 at att.net
Mon Sep 9 20:16:42 UTC 2013

>... On Behalf Of BillK
Subject: Re: [ExI] How Electricity Became a Luxury Good

On Mon, Sep 9, 2013 at 2:26 PM, spike wrote:
>>... Green energy will be expensive, it will not be green, but we will 
> employ it anyway, because we will gradually run out of alternatives, 
> and yes we need energy, lots of it.  spike

>...As an aside, last year I obtained a sensor system that displays the
house electricity usage

>...I am now down to running at about 60 watts consumption, for the laptop,
modem, wifi and electric clock. Winter will be much more, of course!  BillK

Ja, I would argue that even after you have switched to LED lighting an added
insulation to the attic, conservation is still the low hanging fruit for
most people.  It won't kill us to conserve.  It won't yet anyway.  I do
recognize the arguments of those who say humanity is hopeless, but I
disagree.  We might find solutions to get us to a realistic future in which
it is meaningful to worry about longer term stuff like global warming.  

But one thing I would like everyone to realize is that there is likely to be
no magic new technology, nothing likely to replace oil.  Energy conversion
tech has been studied long enough and hard enough that the evidence is
compelling: what we know now is pretty much what we will have in our
lifetimes.  We know what we need to do.  We need to do it.


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