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Energy Reality: The Stock Beats the Flow from the Sun (why technology struggles to save ‘renewables’)

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#r_donway">Roger Donway</a> -- November 7, 2009

This article, “Energy to Spare” by David Warren, published in the Ottawa Citizen on NovemberĀ 4, 2009, says much in few words. Energy reality is that the sun’s work over the ages has produced energy sources (oil, gas, and coal) that far exceed the dilute energy from the sun. The stock beats the flow–by a country mile.

This article is reproduced below asĀ a Weekend reading feature:

Will technology solve our energy problems? This seemingly fatuous question is actually stupider than first appears. For we already have the technology to power anything within reason, with minimal if any environmental fallout.

Yet under the inspiration of the Green Zeitgeist, I cannot go into a magazine shop without finding some science-lite cover story on new prospects for harnessing solar, thermal, wind, tidal, or whatever “renewable” forces.