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By Hermann Scheer

For two hundred years business civilization has depended on the combustion of considerable 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 volatile quarter - the center East - compounded via the imminence of height oil, growing to be shortage and mounting costs. at the different, the possibly cataclysmic results of continuous to burn fossil fuels, because the facts of increasing weather swap exhibits. but there's a resolution: to make the transition to renewable assets of power and allotted, 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 generally encouraged - he indicates to be compromised and illusory. some great benefits of renewable power are so transparent and so overwhelming that resistance to them wishes analysis - which Scheer additionally presents, exhibiting why and the way entrenched pursuits and one-dimensional constructions of pondering oppose the transition, and what needs to be performed to beat those hindrances. the recent ebook from the award-winning writer of THE sun economic system and A sunlight MANIFESTO demonstrates why the transition to renewable power is vital and the way it may be performed.

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This basic conflict was not apparent for some time, or to put it more precisely, it did not become visible until nuclear energy became discredited by the fateful warning of Chernobyl in 1986. 36 ENERGY AUTONOMY The smouldering fires of seven energy-determined world crises Yet the supporters of the fossil/nuclear world view have been making their calculations without taking into account the worldwide crises that, in spite of all the attempts at cover-up, keep getting generated (directly or indirectly) by nuclear and fossil energy.

These are projections of individual renewable energy options for which (as adumbrated) there is no demand that they be implemented – something that can be seen simply by looking at the case of electricity, where the requirements for meeting world demand are quantified with each one of the three options cited. One therefore needs significantly less from each option than indicated above. Additional options that supplement this picture of a technological potential already within our reach are: 1) water power (already long in use), which currently covers about 18 per cent of the world’s electricity consumption and which, in the form of small-scale water power – in other words, without damming up flowing water – can frequently be developed; 2) wave and tidal energy; and also 3) geothermal energy.

15 The political-military cost of securing oil supplies will rise in any case, as will political pressure from the US on other industrial countries to share in defraying this cost. It is no accident that China is rearming so that it can secure its international resource interests from a position of military strength. But even if none of this happens (which we can only hope, though it is hardly a realistic expectation), the rise in the price of oil, because of its inevitable shortage, simply cannot be stopped by the evasive manoeuvre of falling back on nonconventional reserves.

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