Most of physics is about energy, and physicists understand inefficiencies. I wanted to write a book about our energy options in a neutral, human-accessible form.
The only thing that really scales up apart from nuclear is solar power from other people’s deserts.
To have constructive conversations about the world’s energy options, one needs to take a calm look at the numbers.
Solving climate change is a complex topic, but in a single crude brush-stroke, here is the solution: the price of carbon dioxide must be such that people stop burning coal without capture.