Energy, Sustainability and the Left

Trainer, Ted
September 2011
Synthesis-Regeneration: A Magazine of Green Social Thought;Fall2011, Issue 56, p24
Academic Journal
Just about everyone assumes that the energy and greenhouse problems can be solved by moving from the fossil fuels to renewable energy sources such as the sun and the wind, enabling us all to go on pursuing affluent lifestyles and economic growth. I think this is seriously mistaken. For many years I have been working on the potential and limits of renewable energy and have groped towards a more effective way of assessing the essential themes. The journal Energy Policy recently published my approach to estimating the investment cost of a global renewable energy supply. (Trainer 2010a) Following is a summary of the argument.


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