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Go to our website www.solarUtopia.org which features our peer-reviewed report "A Solar Transition is Possible" with important updates, including an estimate of how much conventional petroleum is needed to bring about a full solar transition in just a few decades while supplying all of humanity with the rough minimum 3.5 kilowatt/person, the necessary condition for a state of the science life expectancy and quality of life. Also test out our two calculators, one relating to our model of solar transition, the other the Energy Calculator that will connect power and energy units.
To replace fossil fuel energy with clean renewable energy, a price advantage is required. This can be achieved by surcharging world trade (imports and exports) and using the proceeds to make clean energy lower cost than fossil fuel energy. More details are in the pdf.
I know there are many people, maybe even a majority of folks out there who still choose to believe that our Planet can indefinitely sustain our present-day lifestyle and rate of consumption. Those folks should just click away because what follows is strictly for the rest of us – those who unquestionably accept the reality that life as we’ve been living it up to now must absolutely and radically change.
jroybal [at] bfi [dot] org
Create a volunteer weatherization program that directly supports the existing local Department of Energy funded weatherization programs.
We at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC are training anyone who is interested in developing a similar program. We are seeing, conservatively, a 2 ton reduction in carbon emissions per house per year from an investment of approximately $2,000 per house.
Check out our videos at www.insulatenc.com.
Part of our problem is that humans are just too productive -- we're changing the landscape too much, working too many hours, making too much money, etc. And at the same time we're neglecting proper sleep, caring for our children, continuing education, citizenship participation...etc.
So my solution is that we cut down the workweek so that we have time for rearing our children and caring for our health and family, we don't destroy the environment at this rapid pace...and we consume less because we have less money burning a hole in our pockets.