Intrigued by Shaw’s conviction about the inevitable importance of
the Internet, Bezos started researching its growth. A Texas-based
author and publisher named John Quarterman had recently started the
Matrix News, a monthly newsletter extolling the Internet and
discussing its commercial possibilities. One set of numbers in
particular in the February 1994 edition of the newsletter was
startling. For the first time, Quarterman broke down the growth of
the year-old World Wide Web and pointed out that its simple,
friendly interface appealed to a far broader audience than other
Internet technologies. In one chart, he showed that the number of
bytes—a set of binary digits —transmitted over the Web
had increased by a factor of 2,057 between January 1993 and January
The carbon bubble is bursting,
as jobs fly from some of the biggest companies in the world,
because solar and wind power are taking over right now.
It’s too late to bet on the wrong nuclear horse
or the wrong pipelnie snake.
Get out of fossil fuels now: the sun is rising.
General Electric, whose new leadership is moving to eliminate bloat
and grapple with the fallout from earlier, ill-timed decisions, is
taking drastic steps to keep pace with seismic shifts in the global
The company said on Thursday that it would cut 12,000 jobs in its
power division, reducing the size of the unit’s work force by 18
percent as part of a push to compete with international rivals in a
saturated natural gas market, adjust to “softening” in
the oil and gas sectors and stay abreast of the growing demand for
They’re going to
adopt the county budget Tuesday, after talking about it
this morning at 8:30 AM, after complaining that nobody showed up at
a budget hearing they didn’t announce.
Also after refusing budget requests due to revenue continuing down for several years,
and not being willing to adjust taxes.
Not even Al Gore saw that the continually decreasing price of
solar power was causing exponential deployment growth that
will win within a decade. But now he does.
Since solar is going to win, building destructive and hazardous
petroleum pipelines for short-term profit for a few executives and investors
would be short-sighted at best.
Let’s stop those pipelines, LNG export, and fracking, and plug in to
sun, wind, and water power for a clean and prosperous future.
Experts predicted in 2000 that wind generated power worldwide would
reach 30 gigawatts; by 2010, it was 200 gigawatts, and by last year
it reached nearly 370, or more than 12 times higher. Installations
of solar power would add one new gigawatt per year by 2010,
predictions in 2002 stated. It turned out to be 17 times that by
2010 and 48 times that amount last year.
This month’s eia report confirms that solar did exactly what
former FERC Chair Jon Wellinghoff predicted:
“That’s what is happening in solar. It could double every two years.”
Wellinghoff’s further prediction remains on the money:
“…at its present growth rate, solar will overtake wind in about ten years. It is going to be the dominant player.”
Because of exponential growth like compound interest caused by ever-falling
solar PV costs,
solar will win like the Internet did.
U.S. solar capacity increased significantly in the last 4 years. In
2010, the total solar capacity was 2,326 MW which accounted for a
comparatively small fraction (0.22%) of the total U.S. electric
generating. capacity. By February 2014, this capacity increased 418%
to 12,057 MW, a 9,731 MW gain, and now accounts for almost 1.13% of
total U.S. capacity. Reported planned solar capacity additions
indicate continued growth
12,057 / 2,326 = 5.18 times, which is more than 2 * 2 = 4,
ergo Wellinghoff was right. Continue reading →
We don’t have to continue letting the duopoly gouge us for
slow and expensive Internet access.
We don’t have to wait for Washington
or Atlanta, either.
We do need our local leaders to stop defining away the issue
and get on with doing something about.