Tuesday, September 22, 2009

We Need 230 New Nuclear Plants To Power Our Gadgets

SHOOT: Friend of mine is arguing that we're becoming more and more efficient at everything we do. Maybe we're becoming efficient, but wherever we are we consume more, and the numbers of people are increasing. How efficient is that? Jeepers, look around you - does it LOOK efficient?

nuclear plant 3mile tbiOur flat-screen TVs, computers, smartphones, and game consoles are sucking down so much electricity that we're going to need to build 230 new nuclear energy plants just to power them, says the International Energy Agency (via Kate Galbraith in the NYT).

Either that or 560 coal-fired plants.

Either that or we figure out a way to make the things more efficient.

Either that or...electricity will get a lot more expensive!  That will do WONDERS for the global economy.

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