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The Path to More Sustainable Energy Systems by Daniel M. Martínez, Ben W. Ebenhack

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Chapter 8

Next Steps

In this last chapter, we discuss possible and probable scenarios for energy use that will be encountered in this century.

8.1 Entering a New Age

The path to sustainable energy involves exploring new territory. We have certainly not been there before, and it will be much more like the journey of Lewis and Clark than of the pioneers on the Oregon Trail. We know a general direction and some better and worse headings in which we should set off, but the trail has yet to be blazed. Yet, this journey is inevitable. Like entering adolescence, it is a rite of passage about which we have no choice. There will doubtless be a pervasive theme of trauma and transformation. We can only choose how we will proceed: learning and maturing ...

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