He then asked me, and my answer was getting a low battery alert on my cell phone. And before you scoff at me, I’ll make the following claim, every person reading this knows within 10% how much battery life they have on their phone.
And the reason is, well, very reasonable. Without our phones we are cut off from the world. No calls, or texts, no e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, no internet!
In 2015, 52.7 percent of the global mobile phone population accessed the internet from their mobile phone. This figure grew to 63.4 percent by the middle of 2019. In other words, 97%.
So according to 97% of experts, 97% of us rely 97% of the time on our smart phones for 97% of everything we do. The time for debate is over.
Without a tiny, reliable, affordable, and energy abundant phone battery, our energy hungry smart phone will lack the power to function as the instrumental component we all depend on to sustain our high standard of living and high quality of life.
Now try and consider what would happen to your anxiety level if the notification on the living-room wall in your home beeped alerting you that you have 15% battery left.
Not 15% battery left to power your phone, but to power your car, your lights, your appliances, your flat-screen, your Sonos, your AC! And now imagine there not being a readily available, and reliable energy source you could access for the rest of the day.
I'm sweating bullets just writing this.
That could soon become the world we live in if we get this energy question wrong.
And what is this energy question? It is the debate between renewable energy versus reliable energy. But does it need to be a debate? Does it need to be between one or the other? Must we choose reliable energy or renewable energy? I don’t believe so.
In Santa Barbara County, for example, we actually have the opportunity to have both. We have an opportunity to leverage the economic benefits of reliable energy, while pursuing the assumed social benefits of renewable energy.
In Santa Barbara County we have the unique opportunity to produce fossil fuels locally while deriving the enormous revenues associated from its production to underwrite a local renewable energy strategy.
Is this being done in other places? Actually, yes. And in no less of a pro-environment place than Norway.
Norwegians are on the verge of transitioning to a 100% electrified transportation system by the year 2025.
They are able to do this because they can afford it both as a population (Norway has the third highest per-capita income in the world), but also because the government of Norway has the money to provide substantial public investment in the technologies that are helping the country’s transportation sector achieve the goal of 100% electrification.
One of the reasons Norway can afford these substantial investments is from the production of oil and gas that they export to Europe and beyond.