Patrick Noble criticises the idea that climate change can be addressed primarily through technology and increased efficiency, without any need to make profound changes to our lives.
Barry McMullin argues that decarbonising Ireland will require an enormous reduction in overall energy consumption, with bioenergy developmemt playing only a cautious and secondary role. (This is a Beamer presentation; please click on the slides to access sources and more information.)
In the final part of his report, Erik-Jan Van Oosten reminds us that technologies aren’t neutral and that their complexity needs to be taken into account when planning for future energy production.
This week we are publishing two articles from Fleeing Vesuvius which focus on energy supply and use. Chris Vernon's paper explains why, although there is a lot of oil still left in the ground, its supply will contract very rapidly indeed and the world may have run out of oil to burn for energy by 2050. Tom Konrad argues that if a standard assessment tool, the internal rate of return, is used to compare the net energy yield of various projects, it shows which to prioritise for the energy transition.