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Old 02-08-2019, 08:49 AM   #151
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People have zero conception of energy density and the mechanics of energy storage and transmission.

Someone needs to develop an interactive app that allows people to see, optimally in some form of real-time data tied to consumption patterns and state of the art generation capabilities, that compares the physical and fiscal footprint of the various energy production and transmission methods.

See the 405 at rush hour? This is how large the solar installation would have to be to power all-electric vehicles for every inch of road travel. Same for wind, hydro, gas, coal and nuclear.

See that office building? This is the solar footprint to operate that building during operating hours.

See that jet coursing across the sky? Here's your footprint[s].

See that locomotive? Here's your footprint[s].

Heck, . . . see that kid playing Candy crush at the coffee house, . . here's the solar footprint for just that one timewasting leisure pursuit.

Be sure to include cost data on switchgear and storage [including rare earth retrieval footprint] and inverters for each and every endeavor.

I sense that people conflate power and energy with electricity. They figure if we can put a telephone in our pocket, we can do the same thing with power production if we 'really' wanted to. But they're fundamentally different animals. And that's not a partisan issue. It's a law of the universe.
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