the saudia arabia of updates to link-dumping posts
More Alec Guinness for your money!
Just to add to the post below: an energy future that's highly localized would also bring that portion of the economy "home." I'm reading up on the Sagebrush-style protests that took place in the Klamath Basin in Washington (to compliment another I wrote last semester on the active metaphors among Earth Liberation Front members), and while there's a lot of gibberish and paranoia and just plain wrong-headedness in their worldview (especially as it pertains to environmentalism), there's a really vivid disconnect there. Though many of these people can't envision a new politics of community, one that would join or marry "the city" with "the farm," they also point out that people in places like Denver haven't much of a clue where their food comes from (regardless of whether or not farmers like the ones in Klamath honestly believe they're really "feeding" America).
It's the same with energy. It's still a black box to us. A massive shift to a decentralized energy - well, for a lack of a better word - grid would change all of that. Just think of how differently we'd locate ourselves within our communities, and what roles we'd take on. I mean - I rent, right (from a total schmuck, btw)? How different would that interaction be if you'd need to consider how you'd be lighting or warming that room or rooms?