“There is surely a correspondence between an exhausted culture and a populace devolved so far into mental dullness that it can’t recognize its predicament. We don’t seem to get how much the industrial production spree of the past 200 years has just plumb worn us out, not to mention the ecosystem we were designed to dwell in” writes James Howard Kunstler under the title “Modernity Bites” this November 26, 2012.
James’ thesis is that we are at the end of the industrial era and that the economic structures it has spawned are imploding around us.
What if we just accept the reality that the industrial spree was a self-limiting adventure and now we have to move on?
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What steps are needed to make solar energy a cost-effective, base-load energy source?
(from North America)
Broad definitions of ‘solar’ and ‘baseload’ are necessary to best answer the question. Solar is not limited to photovoltaic panels and base-load (demand) is not necessarily a given, it can also be managed through increased systems efficiency. Continue reading
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