As I’ve stated before in this column, last year’s so called “energy crisis” was only a mild foretaste of the chronic, desperate and very real age of energy scarcity that now looms over the world. Tomorrow, in short, appears rather bleak. Or does it? Perhaps we’re not really facing a scarcity of the power we need to turn our machines or heat out homes after all. Perhaps it’s just been so easy to burn coal, gas, and petroleum all these years that we’ve overlooked a far richer – and pollution free – source of power.
He goes on to discuss the appeal of solar power. We all know that solar power never took off in a big way following the 70’s energy crisis. Hopefully, this time we’ll make more progress in our ability to capture and use solar energy.