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We Need Decentralized Energy, Yesterday

08/02/2011

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I find it amazing and terrifying in equal parts how knowledge of urgent catastrophes, presented by highly qualified experts, can circulate without provoking a widescale concerted response.

The sun goes through cycles, and we’re currently entering a ‘solar maximum’ similar in size to the one experienced around 1859, the year of the Carrington Event–a solar storm that caused telegraph equipment to malfunction.

Experts say if such a storm happened today, it could take down the electrical grid and cost the world economy upwards of $2 trillion.

A similar, more localized threat is posed by the possibility of a nuke detonating in the atmosphere above any given region.

Becoming less vulnerable to such threats involves making the power grid less centralized. Many green energy technologies would be perfectly suited to such reform.

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