Comment 60903

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted March 11, 2011 at 09:43:29 in reply to Comment 60897

I'm a fan of Hermann Scheer's term, "Energy Autonomy". Decentralize it until homes, schools and businesses simply generate their own and each others. It needs to be something we own.

The costs associated with centralized power grids are enormous, and rarely stop at the technical. Whether it's government or corporate run, the administration, financing and profit margins tend to raise the price significantly. And unlike a "carbon tax" or "gas tax" might decrease use by consumers, money we spend on energy giants tends to be reinvested in keeping us dependent on them.

It's easy to vilify coal, oil and nuclear. But after the last half-century of hydro development, I'm not eager to see the same disasters repeated with wind or solar. Off with the grid!

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