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And how important is electricity for overall CO2 emmissions?

Well, let's compare France and Germany. Their per capita emissions should be identical except for power generation.

France: 6.80t of CO2 per capita (about 90 % CO2 free power)
Germany: 10.21t of CO2/capita (about 33 % CO2 free power)

And this in spite of a higher French per capita power consumption!

So power the kind of power generation utilized is obviously one of the most, if not the most , important factor for CO2 emissions. And it is more important in what way the power is generated than what how much power is consumed.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.

by Starvid on Thu Sep 7th, 2006 at 02:02:15 PM EST
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A crucial observation.  The transformative power of large sources of carbon emission in the environment inevitably points to the same conclusion:  that electricity generation cannot rely on renewables alone.  Denmark should be praised for 20% wind, but it is still burning coal and its per capita carbon production remains high.

If Germany abandons its nuclear plants, its carbon production will rise.

The effect in botanical terms alone is much greater than had been previously thought:


by Plan9 on Sat Sep 9th, 2006 at 11:53:51 AM EST
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