Like everyone, you’ve probably read somewhere in the press that electric cars are coming to displace internal combustion engines in the not-too-distant future. So let us try to answer an absurd question: how many more nuclear reactors would be needed today if all passenger vehicles in France were to become electric ? In trying to answer that absurd question, we might actually learn a few things of interest.
In an earlier post, I made the point that CO2 emissions were tightly coupled to economic growth, and that this had to do with our reliance on fossil fuels for producing the goods and services that make up GDP. In this new post, I will provide more detail on where those CO2 emissions come from. And as you will see, some of the results can be rather surprising.
In my first post, I pointed out that global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions had increased every year since 1965 and that the relationship between economic growth and those emissions was very solid and relatively stable over time. In this new post, I will try to provide some more background on why that is the case.
I’d like to tell you about inertia. Inertia is a very powerful thing and it is wrecking us at the moment.