Jun 22nd, 2012
Earth First! has been in the fight to save the planet for over 3 decades now. And the EF! Journal has been with them for almost all of it. In the last issue to come out there was a great article, Eat, Sleep, Click, talking about the problems of “green” energy. Check it out if you haven’t already. It focuses quite a bit on how impossible it would be to have even just the internet powered by “renewable” resources.
“All the stuff on the internet, or in the ‘cloud’, is is kept aloft by computers called servers (plus routers and so on). An average server draws 400 watts/hour, half of that for cooling (fairly typical), and 3500 kilwatt-hours (kwh) per year because it never shuts down.
A healthy biker can produce a constant 100 watts/hour on a bicycle generator, a generous estimate. Four generator bikes at 100 watts/hour apiece would power a server. Alas, that single server can’t accomplish much by itself. Various techies have estimated that a single online search activates between 1,000 and 20,000 servers, often located all over the world.”
The article is chock full of fun facts, and an engaging way to talk about how unsustainable this whole way of life really is.
That’s just one of the articles that have come out recently helping to push an anti-system analysis. The Journal is offering a deal these days. It’s not too late to subscribe and get the newest issue in the mail soon.