An Energy Crisis?

The CEO of GE spoke recently at an energy conference in California where he indicated the importance of addressing the reliability, affordability, and sustainability of energy.

Frankly, I have a very simple perspective on the notion of the “energy crisis” – namely, there is no such thing.  Recall your basic high school physics class – you neither create nor destroy energy.  You just change it from one form to another (from chemical to mechanical – internal combustion engine; from mechanical to electrical – a generator; and so on).  There are endless amounts of energy available in the universe.   Thus, it’s really an “energy cost conversion crisis”.  That is, how much does it cost to convert from one form to another, and can anyone afford that conversion cost…

And never forget the practical engineering perspective: There is no such thing as a silver bullet.  It’s all about the trade-offs.


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