The Washing Machine Illustrates the World Energy Situation

Common sense may not be common, but this video seems pretty full of it.  Hans Rosling at gives an excellent TED talk about the progress humanity has made and where we may go in the future, illustrated by the washing machine.  As professor Rosling points out, the promotion of early childhood education represented by the washing machine is a significant factor in education and, I believe, in humanity’s success.

After watching this video my only question is: can we really conserve enough energy and switch enough of our supply over to renewable sources to stave off a huge energy-based component to the population explosion problem?  We in the US haven’t experienced a real war in which critical commodities were rationed  and we (including businesses) all sacrificed since 1945 but it appears it is time for that again now.

As always, I welcome your comments — Tim


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