Higher dimensional thinking, the end of paradox, and a clearer understanding of reality
October 26, 2014
Calculating The Real Costs
March 31, 2014
We have the physical and intellectual resources to generate renewable clean energy adequate to the world's total energy needs today.
We say this isn't yet economically viable because energy from solar is a few more cents per watt to produce than from coal. This is only true because the vast majority of the real cost of coal energy is externalized to our environmental savings account (in the form of mercury vapor, CO2, nitrous and zinc oxide, mountaintop removal mining, etc.), which we have almost completely used up. If the real cost (to produce coal sustainably and to remediate all the pollution it's burning produces) was internalized and accounted for, energy from coal would be orders of magnitude more expensive than solar today.
Burning coal for anymore time isn't environmentally viable, and unlike a collapsed economy which we can recover from (since its a made up system to begin with), a collapsed biosphere isn't something we can’t recover from.
Make economics account for the real cost of things, and renewable energy would replace the current grid globally within a year.