STRATEGIC ANALYSIS

Is the Future of Energy Geopolitics in Space?

Peter Garretson, Airpower & Spacepower Strategist, and Grand Stategist, is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi.
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  • November 2010
    Volume: 
    34
    Issue: 
    1
    Commentaries

    Let's face the facts: we are not going to regulate our way out of either climate change, or a peaking of fossil fuels. Even if we could imagine that individuals and nations were capable of accepting significant reductions in their lifestyle for long-term self-interest or the interests of their grandchildren, no amount of increased efficiency of those already using energy is going to make up for the Other Three Billion (O3B) citizens of the world moving to developed lifestyles and their accompanying energy demand. We can kid ourselves that some mix of efficiency, nuclear and renewable energy is going to do the trick, but the reality is that we will have to do something much more radical. And right now, we are not.

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