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mobility is not the only thing we need to electrify tough - Nitrogen fertilizer production, and the wide spread use of electricity based industrial processes to replace heat driven ones* are going to run electric use very high indeed in a zero-carbon economy. 150-200% of current use is a conservative guess, and there are directions things could take that would go way higher than this - for example there are methods of trash recycling for raw materials that would be drink juice like nobodys buisness.

*Ive looked at the various proposals for high-temperature reactors for industrial purposes. Do Not Want. Umpteen thousand ELSY's? Fine. Reactors operating at 1200+ degrees routinely? eeeeck.

by Thomas on Thu May 20th, 2010 at 06:11:11 PM EST
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