In a rush.
I had occasion to look up some interesting stats this morning -- someone on Facebook was chiding Canada's government for not going to 100% renewable energy, as Portugal is reputed to to have done.
This is interesting. There's a lot of hydroelectric power in Canada. The population is about three, three and a half times as large as Portugal's. Could Canada do it?
There's one little problem. Portugal has a much friendlier climate. The mythical average Canadian* uses nearly five times as much energy as the average Portuguese. They're gonna need a whole lot more dams and windmills. Solar? I'd need to see the numbers but it may not be practical in most of the country.
It's nice to dream, but to make dreams come true, you have to do the math.
* As we all know, most Canadians are above average, but too modest to admit it.
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