Sooner or later, clean electricity will have to power our future. But that future world will be significantly different than the one we live in now. In this first of a three-part series, KRCB explores the projections of two local energy industry analysts.
Transportation is a huge consumer of oil and gas, and converting that to renewably-sourced electricity will be one of the biggest challenges we face, says Richard Heinberg. Because moving people around is just the tip of the melting iceberg.
Likewise, converting manufacturing--including the mining of raw materials and the transportation of both those materials and the finished products--to become renewably powered is possible, at least theoretically. But it will be costly, Heinberg cautions.