A Solar Grand Plan (Scientific American, Jan ’08)

I recently made a post about geo-engineering. I had read about ideas how to artificially introduce dust into the atmosphere to create an effect similar to volcanic eruptions, thus off-setting global warming effects…. Well wouldn’t it be smarter to let the sun’s rays penetrate and invest the money into solar energy ? Here is a Scientific American article that discusses the technology and feasibility of doing just that for the United States – $420 billion to cover 69% of US electricity needs by the year 2050 !

Here is a quote: “Ironically, the solar grand plan would lower energy consumption. Even with 1 percent annual growth in demand, the 100 quadrillion Btu consumed in 2006 would fall to 93 quadrillion Btu by 2050. This unusual offset arises because a good deal of energy is consumed to extract and process fossil fuels, and more is wasted in burning them and controlling their emissions.”

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One Response to “A Solar Grand Plan (Scientific American, Jan ’08)”

  1. I’m in! That’s less than the cost of the Iraq war.

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