The situation in Ukraine has brought the international energy crisis into sharp focus. For me and most – actually, all – those reading this post, the energy crisis is primarily a personal one. We have electricity, but we would be happier if it were available 24/7 without interruption, was substantially cheaper, and somehow became more “sustainable.” From the comfort of our well-lit homes and well-charged i-phones, we tend to pontificate while half the world has no electricity at all. While our motives are surely noble and politically correct in the green sense, the vast human overhead demanding access to what we so glibly take for granted is a challenge we ignore at our peril.

It is time for scientific pragmatism to guide our personal and national energy policies.

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