Friday, February 06, 2009


Dark Clouds Over Renewable Energy

New Scientist has posted an article titled “Why sustainable power is unsustainable.” This deals mainly with the rarity of iridium and platinum, and the fuel-vs-food problem of biofuels. Unfortunately, the challenges faced by renewable energy are far more numerous and daunting. Total dependence on fossil fuels for manufacturing, deployment, and maintenance, as well as on fast-disappearing capital are quickly rendering the hope of renewable energy into a false promise.

The best that we could ever have hoped for, of course, is that lots of renewable infrastructure could have been built before the crash, which would have facilitated a soft landing. Yet, even though the implosion of industrial society has already begun, on a worldwide scale very little renewable infrastructure has been built, and little more will be built before the industrial economy hits the skids.

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