energy hogging by latitude
Starting a new thread since the last one is mired.
From the same book, Brazil is the new America:
"The residents of the US spend more energy heating their homes than Brazilians spend on all uses"
Remarkable, huh? Likewise one could live on far less energy around the Gulf coast or the southwest if one went without cooling, or used a couple year's worth of expense on cooling toward pv electric generation direct to AC (no battery bank or expensive grid-tie). The cold air is the sink. If we could make cluster communities properly designed in the lower latitudes energy use per-capita could be cut by an order of magnitude. Vehicles-per-capita could be massively lowered, without unpleasant urban living which precludes convenient recycling of human effluent.
Nothing would build the middle-class and reduce the rise of the plutocracy like massively slashing our energy use. I have been thinking for a while that intentional communities could be the weapon that unions were in the last go-round between the haves and the have-littles.