Ally RU Sirius interviews our own Jamais Cascio about WorldChanging, Whole Earth, positive futures, leapfrogging and the energy sources of the future. It's a good one:
With 1% annual improvement, population stabilizing as around 10 billion, and overall increase in standards of living to EU levels, the globe would still be using four times as much energy in 2100 as today. By bumping up overall efficiency improvement to 2% averaged over the next century, we'd cut that down to just 40% more than the present. And if we could push to 3% averaged over the century -- still very possible, and less than we've managed in the recent past -- we'd actually end up using half our current levels of energy.
Think about that. Everyone on the planet 10 billion people, a bit more than the UN estimate for the end of the century with Western lifestyles ... and using half the amount of energy we use today. All by paying slightly more attention to efficiency in our designs.
Jamais/Alex, thanks for this; it's good to be reminded that all is not doom and gloom on the energy front. Also recommended is RMI's Winning the Oil Endgame.