paulebertover 1 year ago
I agree that eliminating infrastructure can be beneficial, but feel that the main reason this is true is the redundancy of it all. Why should I light and heat both my home and my place of work? This, in addition to the energy used in transportation as you mention. I doubt, however, that bike riding has a measurable, much less significant, impact on carbon foot-print. On the other hand, the electronic infrastructure needed for a global virtual-reality system would require large amounts of energy as the current server warehouses that power the cloud demonstrate. This is not to say that these are bad ideas, rather that complete energy demands must be considered to find the optimal solutions.