AAB: There are a few different versions (pdf, txt etc) of Decline available for free from this website.
Not Emo Philips: I saw it as well performed by Dave Allen in Australia in the 70′s.
Handle: Does it ever need to stop getting more meta? Inevitably the pendulum of expectations will swing and someone will say that, “Anti-declinism is declining.”
Edgar: I am not sure if George Ramos realizes it or not, but the man won a million votes for Trump with his [George's] rudeness and lack of decorum. George only confirmed in the minds of many Americans that what Trump says is 100% true.
Lu An Li: De facto conquest by demography is possible. Military conflict very low probability I might think but do not totally preclude the possibility. That conquest of Siberia by the Russians was the greatest land grab in history.
Anomaly UK: To flesh out the “disruptive” scenario: if solar is unsuitable for the grid (as Dan says), yet becomes very cheap, then homes & industries start to work with two kinds of power: cheap, unreliable power to be used opportunistically as it arrives, and expensive, reliable grid power for essentials & emergencies. That doesn’t simply mean a partitioning of today’s uses into the two buckets, it potentially means new uses happening, and some old routine uses becoming...
Alrenous: Peak demand is not only usually during the day, but usually near noon. If solar could be used to blunt the peak, conventional plants could be run near capacity significantly more, causing a price drop disproportionate to the direct supply increase.
Isegoria: It’s definitely a mistake to equate one kWh of solar energy with one kWh of reliable, baseline energy from coal, gas, nuclear, etc. — but it’s also a mistake to conclude that it’s therefore useless. Long before we had a grid, we used intermittent wind power to pump water, for instance. Cheap solar would be disruptive in Clayton Christensen’s original sense: Generally, disruptive innovations were technologically straightforward, consisting of off-the-shelf...