Energy Autonomy: The Economic, Social and Technological Case by Hermann Scheer

By Hermann Scheer

For two hundred years commercial civilization has depended on the combustion of plentiful and inexpensive carbon fuels. yet persisted reliance has had perilous outcomes. at the one hand there's the lack of confidence of hoping on the world's so much risky area - the center East - compounded via the imminence of height oil, turning out to be shortage and mounting costs. at the different, the possibly cataclysmic results of constant to burn fossil fuels, because the facts of increasing weather switch exhibits. but there's a answer: to make the transition to renewable resources of strength and dispensed, decentralized power iteration. it's a version that has been confirmed, technologically, commercially and politically, as Scheer comprehensively demonstrates the following. the choice of a go back to nuclear energy - back being greatly encouraged - he indicates to be compromised and illusory. the benefits of renewable strength are so transparent and so overwhelming that resistance to them wishes prognosis - which Scheer additionally presents, exhibiting why and the way entrenched pursuits and one-dimensional constructions of pondering oppose the transition, and what has to be performed to beat those hindrances. the hot publication from the award-winning writer of THE sunlight economic system and A sun MANIFESTO demonstrates why the transition to renewable strength is key and the way it may be performed.

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Paying attention to these connections is something that is lacking in many analyses and proposals from the debate on renewable energy – and this includes some prominent writers on the subject. 22 Yet he does not pursue the question as to why similar calls repeatedly run dry – including the plan presented by Al Gore in 1989 for a Strategic Environment Initiative (SEI), which was not even taken up by Gore himself after he assumed national office in 1993. 25 And why, in spite of negotiations about global climate protection that went on for years, was the result such a meagre Kyoto Protocol?

5 million wind power facilities around the globe. In order to create the same amount of electricity with photovoltaic facilities, one would need to install – assuming a production rate of 75 kilowatt hours of electricity per square metre of solar cell area and per year, which is a relatively small value under German insolation conditions – around 210,000 square kilometres of solar cells worldwide. That is much less than the built-over surface area of the EU alone, an expanse into which solar cells could be integrated in a variety of ways.

Rockefeller, and he started a campaign against the Rockefeller monopoly. 5 This first large-scale political initiative against the fossil industrial energy complex remained a mere episode, however. There followed a century rife with environmental destruction caused by the use of fossil energy and of an increasingly internationalized concentration of power in the energy business. New discoveries and new drilling and mining techniques repeatedly provided new excuses for brashly repressing awareness of the mounting dangers.

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