On 10 November 2013 12:34, Jesse Mazer <laserma...@gmail.com> wrote: > Are you just assuming the future will be like the past, or do you have any > other basis for predicting solar will "always" be just a fraction of world > energy? > > Jesse >
There is no rational basis for this belief because solar energy incident on Earth far, far, far outstrips anything our puny civilisation can generate. I'm not sure of the exact ratio (and I'm too lazy to look it up right now) but it's at least thousands, probably millions to one. In my opinion no civilisation can call itself technologically advanced when it has a fusion reactor in its backyard yet gets most of its energy by digging up dead plants (originally powered by said fusion reactor, of course) and extracting the minute amount of energy they managed to trap. In 100 billion years they will look back and say "you had all that energy available and you *still* screwed up because of stupid mammalian politics? All we have is black dwarfs, and we're doing OK..." Admittedly that message from the future may have been slightly garbled in transmission, but I think that's what they said. -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. To post to this group, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list. For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/groups/opt_out.