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Terry in Austin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-02-09 08:55 PM
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6. I'll give you more credit than that
I think you know where to get those numbers, if you've been working this patch as long as you have. Same here.

Let's do the exercise, though, just for grins:

EIA energy consumption tables. I'm going with per-capita data; YMMV:

Europe, 2006: 146.2 million btu
US, 2006: 334.6 million btu

It's not precisely 1/3, freely granted. It's more like 43%, if anyone cares to go there.

But I think you can also grant that the larger, qualitative point is of interest: European energy consumption is significantly lower than American. And with no apparent detriment to quality of life. We could learn from this. We should, IMO, and I think that we probably will at some point, whether we signed up for it or not.

Who knows, maybe all the renewables plus technology plus conservation will keep us at the same effective energy level coal did before its eventual deletion. Again, I don't think the probability is very high -- I think we'll be lucky to reach even 15 or 20 percent of it.


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