April 21st 2009. Join the Group Read. Chapter 19. The basic solution
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Chapter 18 was depressing --- the diffuse nature of renewables in the crowded UK basically means that a realistic view of their usage makes it clear we won't make it on local wind, tide, sun, geothermal, wood etc.
Assume: a) we can't change energy per capita too much; b) we can't change the capita (ie no creepy population control) and we still want sustainability ... The basic solution is:
1. electrify transport
2. electrify space heating
3. produce electricity with whatever local renewables we can, augmented by clean coal, nuclear and imported solar from desert regions.
Sounds simple, no?