Before the Lights Go Out: Conquering the Energy Crisis by Maggie Koerth-Baker

By Maggie Koerth-Baker

What you must be aware of now approximately America's power future
"Hi, I'm the USA and I'm an oil-oholic." we've an power challenge. and everyone understands it, no matter if we can't all agree on what, in particular, the matter is. emerging bills, altering weather, peaking oil, overseas oil, public safety—if the fears are this advanced, then the suggestions are absolute to be much more complicated. Maggie Koerth-Baker—science editor on the award-winning web publication—finally makes a few feel out of the insanity. Over the following two decades, we'll be compelled to chop 20 quadrillion BTU worthy of fossil fuels from our strength funds, through losing much less and making an investment in choices. To make it paintings, we'll have to seriously change the power platforms that experience formed our lives for a hundred years. And the outcome should be neither business-as-usual, nor a hippie utopia. Koerth-Baker explains what we will do, what we can't do, and why "The Solution" can be a lot of suggestions operating jointly. This isn't approximately planting a tree, paying for a Prius, and proving that you're an exceptional individual. Economics and social incentives received us a rustic choked with gas-guzzling vehicles, lengthy commutes, inefficient homes, and coal-fired strength crops out in the course of nowhere, and economics and incentives would be the issues that construct our new global. finally, swap is inevitable.* Argues we're unlikely to unravel the power challenge by way of convincing each person to stay like it's 1900 simply because that's now not a great factor. rather than reverting to the prior, we need to construct a destiny the place we get strength from new areas, use it in new methods, and do extra with less.
* fresh coal? average gasoline? Nuclear? electrical autos? We'll want all of them. should you examine the numbers, you'll locate that we'll nonetheless be utilizing fossil fuels, nuclear, and renewables for many years to come back.
* seems at new battery expertise, clever grids, passive constructions, decentralized new release, fresh coal, and carbon sequestration. those are buzzwords now, yet they'll join your international quickly. for lots of humans, they already are.
* Written by way of the innovative technology Editor for Boing Boing, one of many ten hottest blogs in America

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