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    Karl Rover, ivote2004

    The Sahara at 9.4 million Km^2 alone is over 6.3% of the  
    the world total 150 million Km^2. Every continent has its desert areas, though disproportionate to its population's energy consumption (Asia's worst; Australia's best). At 1% overall there's enough land if we improve our distribution network (wires/pipes instead of ships/trucks).

    And then there's 3x as much sea area as that in addition, once we can make floating solar feed the distribution. Floating solar in blimps. Orbital solar. Lunar solar.

    The point is that the efficiencies are so high already that we can start using the extra energy invested in making the next buildouts and innovations.

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 05:27:00 PM PST

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