You can’t get your head around alternative energy until you understand the losses inherent in converting one type of energy to another. The losses are substantial and one reason it’s so hard to develop profitable synthetic alternatives to fossil fuels. This accounting is also the reason we need to start from scratch with a new paradigm. But don’t get freaked out. As I show in other articles, developing a new paradigm is not a hard problem.

A palm oil plantation in Borneo.