Walter Kohn (2009) - An Earth Powered Predominantly by Solar and Wind Energy

Walter Kohn (2009)

An Earth Powered Predominantly by Solar and Wind Energy

Walter Kohn (2009)

An Earth Powered Predominantly by Solar and Wind Energy

Abstract

I shall present and explain the thesis that mankind is on the threshold of a dramatic transition: From an earth, predominantly powered by oil and other fossil fuels, with unsustainable global warming, to a new earth predominantly powered by "clean" solar and wind energy with greatly reduced global warming. A common choice for the transition point is "peak oil", when global oil-production peaks and begins to decline. I suggest that "peak-oil per capita" is more useful. While "peak-oil" may be 15 or more years in the future, "peak-oil per capita" is practically upon us because of the still rapidly rising world population. My best estimate is 2015 with an uncertainly of a few years. I shall discuss the great urgency for preparing as best as possible for this impending global transformation.

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