Before the Lights Go Out: Conquering the Energy Crisis Before It Conquers Us

Before the Lights Go Out: Conquering the Energy Crisis Before It Conquers Us

Maggie Koerth-Baker


What you want to understand now approximately America's strength future

""Hi, i am the U.S. and i am an oil-oholic."" we now have an power challenge. and everyone is familiar with it, no matter if we will not all agree on what, particularly, the matter is. emerging expenditures, altering weather, peaking oil, overseas oil, public safety—if the fears are this complex, then the ideas are certain to be much more complicated. Maggie Koerth-Baker—science editor on the award-winning weblog BoingBoing.net—finally makes a few experience out of the insanity. Over the following two decades, we will be pressured to chop 20 quadrillion BTU worthy of fossil fuels from our power price range, through losing much less and making an investment in possible choices. To make it paintings, we will have to seriously change the strength 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 do, what we won't do, and why ""The Solution"" is mostly a lot of options operating jointly. this is not approximately planting a tree, procuring a Prius, and proving that you are a strong individual. Economics and social incentives obtained us a rustic choked with gas-guzzling vehicles, lengthy commutes, inefficient homes, and coal-fired energy crops out in the midst of nowhere, and economics and incentives often is the issues that construct our new international. eventually, swap is inevitable.

  • Argues we aren't going to resolve the strength challenge through convincing everybody to stay like it is 1900 simply because that isn't a great factor. rather than reverting to the earlier, we need to construct a destiny the place we get power from new areas, use it in new methods, and do extra with less.
  • Clean coal? traditional gasoline? Nuclear? electrical autos? we are going to want all of them. in case you examine the numbers, you can find that we will nonetheless be utilizing fossil fuels, nuclear, and renewables for many years to return.
  • Looks at new battery know-how, clever grids, passive structures, decentralized new release, fresh coal, and carbon sequestration. those are buzzwords now, yet they are going to be part of your international quickly. for lots of humans, they already are.
  • Written via the leading edge technology Editor for Boing Boing, one of many ten most well-liked blogs in America

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