Adaptation, Resilience and Distributed Power

In the course of a discussion about the earthquake in Japan, Adrew Revkin and David Roberts talk about the to start adapting to coming changes and, in particular, they talk about the need for a distributed power grid and bottom-up efforts. Video at


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  1. #1 by Charlie Keil on March 12, 2011 - 10:28 pm

    I went and listened to the talk between two clear-thinking souls. They use the vocabulary of transition: resilience, distributed energy, decentralized energy sources, real solutions to pressing problems. They talk about how old, how brittle, our grid is. But everything in the USA has gotten brittle, old, fragile — from bridges to sewers and water supply systems. No new nuke power plants the past 30 years so all 103 are old, brittle, and none of them have been heavily fortified, bunkered, protected, since 9/11. Too expensive. We can’t afford it.

    Sen.John Kerry is proposing an Infrastructure Bank. How about taking the 38 billion that Obama wants to spend on malignant, always dangerous, nuclear power and putting it into infrastructure loans and alternative energy? Clean energy and clean production is the sustainable future and we are rapidly falling behind other countries.

  2. #2 by kubla on March 13, 2011 - 8:59 am

    I hope that the IMF and World Bank don’t force Africa into building a centralized grid system that looses a big chunk of the power generated to ‘friction’ loss in transmission.

    How did Nigeria develop the third largest film industry in the world? NOT by imitating the centralized Hollywood studio model.

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