This is really an extraordinary report and very good news. I wish the same could be said of the United States though. It makes me very sad that my country is falling further and further behind technologically at the level where it really counts — the level at which people live their daily lives. We have rotten cell phone service compared to the rest of the world, our internet speed is a disgrace, our illness profit system is an! embarrassment, and we are massive polluters in the grip of an intractable carbon energy industry. Only voter participation is going to stop this, and about 40 per cent of Americans can’t be bothered to vote, and those that do in many areas of the country choose to support corrupt venal morons. Click through to see the important graphs.
Soon, Europe Might Not Need Any New Power Plants
JEFF SPROSS – Climate Progress
Within a few decades, large-scale, centralized electricity generation from fossil fuels could be a thing of the past in Europe. . . . That’s the word from investment bank UBS, which just released a new report anticipating a three pronged assault from solar power, battery technology, and electric vehicles that will render obsolete traditional power generation by large utilities that rely on coal or natural gas. According to Renew Economy, which picked up the report, the tipping point will arrive around 2020. At that point, investing in a home solar system with a 20-year life span, plus some small-scale home battery technology and an electric car, will pay for itself in six to eight years for the average consumer in Germany, Italy, Spain, and much of the rest of Europe. Crucially, this math holds even without any government subsidies for solar power.