November 6: This Planet is a Gem

A look at how compounding plays a role in global energy usage and the growing need for more solar cells.

Source: The Bush Center
Published: April 2018

This Planet is a Gem

“This planet is unbelievable. The more you travel around, the more you see how wonderful it is.

We need to protect it.

I’m not talking about from asteroids or nuclear holocausts, which are important and valid. We have something that is more certain that is a problem. If you take current baseline global energy usage and compound that at [the current trend of] 3% a year, in a few hundred years we will need to cover the entire surface of the earth in solar cells. That’s how powerful compounding is!”

- Jeff Bezos


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