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New renewables paper by Ted Trainer
A b s t r a c t
Virtually all current discussion of climate change and energy problems
proceeds on the assumption that technical solutions are possible within
basically affluent-consumer societies. There is however a substantial case
that this assumption is mistaken. This case derives from a consideration of
the scale of the tasks and of the limits of non-carbon energy sources,
focusing especially on the need for redundant capacity in winter. The first
line of argument is to do with the extremely high capital cost of the supply
system that would be required, and the second is to do with the problems set
by the intermittency of renewable sources. It is concluded that the general
climate change and energy problem cannot be solved without large scale
reductions in rates of economic production and consumption, and therefore
without transition to fundamentally different social structures and systems.