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Lynd 28 (1:26)
Topic(s): Biofuels / Government
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So if you want to get to a sustainable and a secure
energy future, we have to think about that in two pieces. One is: what are the
new techno— What are the new energy supply technologies? And I think that
biomass is certainly one of a relatively small handful of ones that simply we
have to make work, among the ones we can foresee today, along with wind, along with solar, conceivably along with nuclear. I
mean, those are the things we have that don't contribute to net CO2
production, or could be run so they don't contribute to net CO2
production and provide continuing energy sources.
But it's not only a supply problem. There's
many ways to look at this. The one I find most compelling is called footprint
analysis. And essentially it's a simple idea. It's like, well, how
much land would be necessary, for example, to provide for the world's
resource consumption and assimilate the world's waste? And the answer,
projected to, you know, a 10-billion-person world living at, say, a western
European standard of resource consumption, is about five Earths. What does that
tell you? Well, it tells us it's not only a supply problem and the other
piece of it is the efficiency of utilization; I think that we in the United
States are dragging our feet worldwide at recognizing the public interest in