A society cannot do work without energy. The global community's current preferred energy sources are fossil fuels, which can take thousands of years to form, and cause environmental destruction in their extraction and use. Intermittent sources, such as solar and wind, cannot meet twenty-four needs without use of batteries, which may jeopardize the sustainability of the solution. We must find ways to conserve energy while improving the overall renewability of energy portfolios through continuous and environmentally harmonious technological developments.
Read here about how much energy we really need, the steps we can take to limit our need, and how the NewVistas model can allow for one tenth of current per capita energy consumption indefinitely.
Article (Smil, AEI) explains that it will take a long time to transition incrementally from the world's current energy infrastructure. The article emphasizes the importance of reduced consumption in achieving more sustainable energy use. A shift toward the NewVistas layout could be drastic enough to more closely follow Moore's rate of recovery.
Visit the Energy, Water and Waste page to see how a NewVistas structures its policies for energy and other critical resources.
See the current NewVistas video covering energy generation and usage at a model NewVistas, and other essential infrastructure issues.
Paper (NVF) shows that projected carbon dioxide emissions in NewVistas are approximately 25% of the annual carbon dioxide emissions per capita in the United States. Conclusions may have changed in light of added efficiencies brought to the model and its polygeneration solutions.
Website (State of Utah) outlines deposits of fossil fuels in Utah.
Article (Rotman, Tech. Review) discusses the importance of new discoveries of natural gas in shale deposits.
Website describing a British Colombia bitumen refinery project which is striving to operate with "net zero emissions." (last visited Mar. 27, 2017).
Article (Schwartz, NY Times) providing an even-handed analysis of the key controversial issues facing natural gas. EDF research is discussed which suggests that human-caused leakages could be reduced with increased cost. If transportation expenses can be reduced with localized production, there is less area for leakages to occur, and more funds to prevent them.
Article (Ainsworth, Drill Contractor) discussing how closed loop (without oil pits) drilling systems are now improved with live real-time data feeds used to provide intelligent assistance to operators. With the improving ability of horizontal drilling, extraction can cover greater areas, with less risk, and still employ rig workers with safer jobs serving more secure rigs.
Video (D. MacKay, TED) explaining what various renewables offer, and what would be needed to enable them to power an entire country. The speaker suggests that conservation and other emissions free solutions will also be needed for any country to sustainably meet energy needs.
Web Article (Miller) argues that renewable wind and solar power are important but their costs continue to be greater than existing low carbon alternatives such as natural gas.
Article (Matthew Wald 2009) describes and evaluates alternatives to fossil fuels.
Paper (Augustine 2010) analyzes the electricity generation potential from geothermal resources.
TEDx video (Sellew 2013) makes the case that anaerobic digestors can generate much if not all of the energy needs we require even before conservation originating from photosynthesis.
TEDx video (Lovell 2011) expains the reasoning behind how more green plants can reverse the negative affects of fossil fuel pollutions by sequestering carbon in the ground.
Web Article (Barrasn New Scientist) argues that renewable energy technologies are too often based upon non-renewable resources.
Article and Video (NRDC) warns that cutting forests and burning trees, as a fuel for power plants, is not a sustainable solution for energy needs.
Video (NRDC) argues that biomass and carbon neutral energy generation are really another form of deforestation.
Article (Burnaham) observes that U.S. geothermal projects are on the rise, due in part to federal spending on such projects.
Video lecture (Lamberge, TED) claims that our energy future depends on nuclear fusion.
Web Article (David Roberts) makes a case for how the peak energy problem of nuclear and coal plants can be solved by natural gas, and traditional renewable technologies, by using smart grids similar to the NewVistas solution.
Video (Laskey, TED) explains that learning what neighbors pay for energy makes a person a better energy user.
Children's song (School House Rocks) providing a comprehensive energy overview for any age which is still applicable today. We have been facing the same problems and choices since the 70s, and have made little progress since. As the song concludes, "if everyone tries a bit harder, our fuel will go farther and farther."