J. Bair shows why most plans for a permanent solution to the energy
problem fall pathetically short of credible. He analyzes a dozen
aspects of known energy sources and organizes them in readable form in
the context of both human and geologic history.
Economics dictates that the best new energy sources and/or sites are
the first to be exhausted. Whether it is coal, oil, gas, nuclear,
hydroelectric, biomass, wind, geothermal, photovoltaic, or solar
thermal each source promises a future of continuously increasing
difficulty and cost, says Bair.
"Solar energy outside the Earth's atmosphere is the one exception that
provides ample increases in energy that are sustainable with no
degradation. The problem is not primarily technical. It is the
organization to provide the huge economy of scale needed to pay for the
many plants worldwide with revenues from low cost power. Whether or not
space solar power turns out to be feasible, it illustrates the scale of
thinking long range energy policy requires."
Connecting The Dots
To Future Electric Power
by Edward J. Bair