The film “Carbon Nation” emphasizes a small number: 16.What’s the 16?The 16 is watts.Actually, the 16 is terawatts.What’s a terawatt?Just remember we only need 16 of them per day to run the whole planet.
“Carbon Nation” explains that the Earth generates 32 terawatts every day in geothermal energy.It experiences 870 every day of wind energy.We only need 16.The Earth receives 86,000 every day of solar energy.We only need 16.None of these resources will get used up like carbon-based energy.None of these cost what carbon-based energy really costs, not if you factor-in toxic and suchlike hazards and resource depletions, and that global warming deal.
Corporations don’t pay for the side effects of what they produce.They “externalize costs.”Learn more about that term.
Curiously, we wouldn’t even need 16 if we found satisfaction, that is, if we cashed in on the savings of not wasting energy.Beyond curious, we seem to ignore any economic construct that inspires satisfaction traction around consuming less.
“Carbon Nation” wraps our arms around how much our carbon economy dominates the true cost equation.It spends much of its feature length outlining ways to better address the energy number that sustains modern life.