Discussing windmills vs fossil fuels recently, I commented that the more powerful an energy source the more elemental it is. Mechanical is weaker than chemical, and chemical weaker than atomic -- making fossil fuels the smarter bet. Here's an essay I found on Global Warming Skeptics today which expands on this point extremely well. AS.
Ed. note: A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of hearing William Tucker speak at a conference in Washington, DC. His explanation of E = mc2 was the best I had ever heard. Even better, Tucker explained how Einstein's equation applied to renewable energy sources like wind, solar, and hydro. His lecture was a revelation. It showed that the limits of renewable energy have nothing to do with politics or research dollars, but rather with simple mathematics. During a later exchange of emails with Tucker, I praised his lecture and suggested he write an article that explained E = mc2 and its corollary, E = mv2.
To my delight, he informed me that he'd already written such an essay and he agreed that we could publish it in Energy Tribune.
I love this essay. And I'm proud that Tucker has allowed us to run it.
Prof. Albert Einstein delivers the 11th Josiah Willard Gibbs lecture at the meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in the auditorium of the Carnegie Institue of Technology Little Theater at Pittsburgh, Pa., on Dec. 28, 1934. Photo by AP
When I was in college, I took a course in the great political philosophers. We studied them in order – Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Kant, John Stuart Mill and Karl Marx.