I along with many others concerned about the climate future may tend to paint an overly rosy view of a "clean energy" future. Better I (and we) be striving for an "accurate" view - at least as accurate as we can. Michael Moore has recently released a movie pointing toward some of the less rosy aspects of "green." It's Planet of the Humans. Full length movie available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zk11vI-7czE
Looking forward to hearing what others think after watching the movie.
To add a little more fuel to the fire, or better yet, photons to the solar cell, check the Rocky Mountain Institute. It was founded by Amory Lovins, a well-known American physicist and writer. They are focused on renewable energy AND energy efficiency, and believe we can pull it all together in time, given our technologies and, of course, the political will. There is much to learn from them.
Thanks Ray for Postcarbon. Lot to see there.
The movie does raise very critical and, I believe, legitimate questions about whether renewable energy sources can actually power industrial society and maintain current levels of consumption with our growing population base. Unfortunately it presents many misleading facts and attacks well-meaning people and organizations unfairly.
For a much more realistic and honest look at the road ahead, I’d recommend checking out the Post Carbon Institute (postcarbon.org) This group has been around for almost 20 years, studying the inevitable need to limit use of fossil fuels and the subsequent impacts to our energy-based economy. They promote numerous ways of mitigating these impacts.
In my humble opinion, this is one of the few groups out there really looking at the big picture.
Difficult movie to watch!!! There's nothing like a good old challenge to your preconceived notions about green energy to give you some serious heartburn. We've always known the road ahead wasn't going to be easy. Even if half of what they say is true, that road will be much tougher.
Need to research this and not just sweep it under the rug.
I will definitely watch that—love Michael Moore