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Comment: Re:Wow, lights. (Score 1) 172

by BattleWaryMushroom (#34676568) Attached to: African Villages Glow With Renewable Energy
Don't you know that if we start letting everyone develop, we'll have to deal with many more conflicting governments, norms, economies, etc... Keeping the poor poor keeps everything the same. And if everything is the same, then there are the constant number of problems to worry about. Not more. Not less.

Comment: Re:Panels and batteries still pricey and crappy (Score 2) 172

by BattleWaryMushroom (#34676348) Attached to: African Villages Glow With Renewable Energy
These are smaller panels, intended for basic needs--i.e. lights after dark. 4 Watts for several hours lighting a room, or even a small portion of a farm plot for plants or livestock... Now productivity doesn't stop at dusk. 18 hours days become possible... For cooking: the shi-t-reactors. Ever burn a buffalo turd? It burns. : )

Comment: Global Paradigm Shift (Score 1) 172

by BattleWaryMushroom (#34676286) Attached to: African Villages Glow With Renewable Energy
One possible change that could result from this is a global paradigm shift about energy use. Poor countries that have been ignored (and largely overpopulated) or abused by larger, richer countries, can now change their literacy rates, enabling them to join the global markets--and conversations. The use of energy in first world countries is to a great extent exorbitant and capricious. Having a poor neighbor with equivalent education (India?) may have a dramatic effect on global policies--i.e. the changes of having India and China in the G20+ Summits. Bigger changes: solar power (not Fusion-on-Earth!) may become the (only practical) savior of climate change... It's fusion at a safe distance (93 million miles away) and yields more energy than the next 10 generations will ever need.

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