Saturday, December 05, 2009


The Amazing Power of Fossil Fuels

The UK Mail Online has an illuminating article about how many cyclists on dynamo bicycles it takes to power various appliances, and a home with a family of four. We often hear about how many “virtual slaves” each person in the developed countries commands to live our lives of energy luxury, and here is an experiment which actually does it (well, the cyclists are actually volunteers) to illustrate the point.

Imagine when you turn on your hair dryer that 18 slaves start pumping away at their generators to keep that flow of hot air on your head.

But more than anything else, this shows the amazing power of fossil fuels. They drive whole cities and nations, and also make hydropower and nuclear power possible. We should keep all this in mind as we read and write our blogs.

Turning off the computer now...

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