24 Jul '11, 11pm

US Economic Collapse Mitigates its Climate Chaos

US Economic Collapse Mitigates its Climate Chaos

Records broken around the country last week included temperatures to 111 degrees . Yet there were no blackouts due to the grid load from increased demand for air conditioners, despite temperatures and heat indexes never before seen in some parts, (and that climate science has been long been warning us of). To a large extent, that is because the great economic-apocalypse has reduced the overall US demand on the grid, especially from businesses. Commercial (26%) and industrial (36%) electricity users account for 62% of all the electricity on the grid , churning out the goods and services to supply a consumer society. But there’s little demand from a population in greatly reduced circumstances due to unemployment, outsourcing, stolen pensions, soaring college costs, wage collapse and the end of borrowing ability against now worthless property assets. As business has collapsed...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2011/07/24/us-economic-collapse-...

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