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Old 05-18-2018, 11:14 PM   #1769 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by redpoint5 View Post
Many people seem to think the solution to GW is simple; that if only everyone put solar panels on their roof and drive an EV, the problem would be solved.
This is beacause no one has ever educated us on the concept of embodied energy. They think that if they put up enough solar panels to disconnect their house from the grid, and have enough production to completely provide for all the charging needs of an electric car so as to not buy any gas, and heat with wood, that they are 100% renewable. But this is still way less than half of their energy footprint that they are participating in. Food at the store has immense energy tied up in it's production and transportation. The store itself was made and operates with great amounts of energy. The roads are made of energy. The hospital, School and office buildings keeping track of the infrastructure. All made from and constantly consuming energy. And the car and batteries, and invertors and panels are all made of energy and will all need to be rebuilt eventually.
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