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Swenson's Law
To avoid deprivation resulting from the exhaustion of non-renewable resources, humanity must employ conservation and renewable resource substitutes sufficient to match depletion.

Anticipating that demand for energy will continue to increase as supplies decline, humanity will adjust by some combination of the following:

  • Conservation -- the same life-style accomplished with more energy-efficient artifacts ... more fuel-efficient cars ...
  • Life-Style Change -- a form of conservation: telecommuting instead of commuting ... back to the land ... living closer to work ...
  • Substitution -- using other energy sources to accomplish the same objectives ... solar power... walking not driving ...
  • Deprivation -- just plain doing without ... no more plane trips to visit the family across the country ... or, more seriously, pestilence ... mass starvation ... war ...
The Swenson Curve
Figure 1.
This graph depicts possible alternative scenarios for humanity as oil goes into decline over the next few decades.

Presentations on The Coming Global Energy Crisis and Solar Energy Potential by Ron Swenson

Which choices will we make? That depends a great deal upon how quickly we begin preparing for the inevitable. Ron Swenson, publisher and editor of The Coming Energy Crisis in the UK website, has been pushing the envelope to achieve practical clean reliable renewable energy solutions, providing Nurture Capital for ventures such as ...

Substitution

  • Development
    • EcoVillage • real estate development employing renewable, sustainable materials and technologies
  • Solar Energy
    • ElectroRoof™ • building commercial roofing systems that produce electricity with solar energy
    • SolarQuest® • MicroSolar Distance Learning Initiative in Bolivia, Galapagos, Peru, Bhutan
    • rMeter™ • renewable energy and climate monitoring systems
  • Transportation
    • KiteTugs™ • large kite-powered modern sailing vessels
    • SolarEVolution™ • Practical Solar Utility Vehicles ("SUV's") for deep rural conditions
    • Tonatiuh • Mexican solar race car
Conservation
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Transportation
    • ElBike™ • electric bicycles

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