See here for a guest editorial I just got published in The New Republic.
Nothing that I haven’t written about before on Grist, but always nice to get the message about the need to consider generation efficiency (in addition to appliance efficiency) in discussions about how to lower the overall fossil-fuel intensivity of our economy.
One minor quibble. Down in the comments, note the snarky “you can’t mess with Carnot“. I can’t tell you how many times this has been raised by bad physicists. (It’s the thermodynamics version of the arguments raised by those who remember a little of freshman economics and claim that profitable investments don’t exist because the free efficient market would have already captured them if they did.)
Someday, someone ought to write a post about that!