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

By Maggie Koerth-Baker

What you must recognize now approximately America's power future"Hi, I'm the USA and I'm an oil-oholic." now we have an power challenge. and everyone is aware it, whether we can't 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 strategies are absolute to be much more complicated. Maggie Koerth-Baker--science editor on the award-winning web publication makes a few feel out of the insanity. Over the following twenty years, we'll be compelled 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'll have to transform the power structures that experience formed our lives for a hundred years. And the end result may be neither business-as-usual, nor a hippie utopia. Koerth-Baker explains what we will be able to 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 outstanding individual. Economics and social incentives obtained us a rustic packed with gas-guzzling automobiles, lengthy commutes, inefficient homes, and coal-fired strength crops out in the midst of nowhere, and economics and incentives may be the issues that construct our new global. eventually, switch is inevitable.Argues we're not likely to resolve the strength challenge by way of convincing each person to dwell like it's 1900 simply because that's now not a superb factor. rather than reverting to the prior, 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? average fuel? Nuclear? electrical autos? We'll want all of them. if you examine the numbers, you'll locate that we'll nonetheless be utilizing fossil fuels, nuclear, and renewables for many years to return. appears to be like at new battery know-how, shrewdpermanent grids, passive constructions, decentralized new release, fresh coal, and carbon sequestration. those are buzzwords now, yet they'll be part of your global quickly. for plenty of humans, they already are.Written via the leading edge technology Editor for Boing Boing, one of many ten preferred blogs in the US

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