You are viewing an obsolete version of the DU website which is no longer supported by the Administrators. Visit The New DU.
Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login

Reply #6: I'll give you more credit than that [View All]

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Topic Forums » Environment/Energy Donate to DU
Terry in Austin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-02-09 08:55 PM
Response to Reply #4
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.

Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top

Home » Discuss » Topic Forums » Environment/Energy Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators

Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC