Jul 06 2008

Switzerland in the New Yorker!

by at 8:06 pm

The article is also about a Danish island called Samsø which is now exporting more energy than it is importing.

On Switzerland and the 2,000-Watt Society:

Those of us who live in the industrialized world, by contrast, consume far more than two thousand watts. Switzerland, for instance, is a five-thousand-watt society. Most other Western European countries are six-thousand-watt societies; the United States and Canada run at twelve thousand watts. One of the founding principles of the 2,000-Watt Society is that this disparity is in itself unsustainable. “It’s a basic matter of fairness” is how Stulz put it to me. But increasing energy use in developing countries to match that of industrialized nations would be unacceptable on ecological grounds. Were per-capita demand in the developing world to reach current European levels, global energy consumption would more than double, and were it to rise to the American level, global energy consumption would more than triple. The 2,000-Watt Society gives industrialized countries a target for cutting energy use at the same time that it sets a limit for growth in developing nations.

More on the 2,000-Watt Society.

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3 Responses to “Switzerland in the New Yorker!”

  1. bunzlon 07 Jul 2008 at 12:03 pm

    i went to this samso article. before i read anything, i wikipedia’d samso. then i clicked langauges of denmark, then lanuages of greenland. then metacatagory: languages of the countries of europe: then lists of countries, where i found all sorts of crazy lists; countries ranked by suicide, tv watching, airports, cell phones, agriculture in use, literacy, chess players, really lots of stuff.

    i never read the article in the end.

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