Global Energy Inequality Goes Deeper Than Bitcoin

Californians alone use more power playing games and heating their pools than entire countries in Africa. That has to change.

People walk under electric wires connected above roofs in a district of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire on June 1, 2019.
People walk under electric wires connected above roofs in a district of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire on June 1, 2019. Photo: Sia Kambou/AFP/Getty

The real story — the one about real people — is the mind-blowing chasm of global energy inequality.

The mind-blowing chasm between energy consumption in the West and elsewhere

According to the California Energy Commission, that state’s residents use about 5 TWh each year just to power their TVs, and another 5 TWh running hot tubs and pools.

All growing economies need abundant energy — and small-scale solutions won’t deliver it

Founder and executive director of the Energy for Growth Hub, nonres fellow at Baker Institute at Rice, Payne Institute at Colorado School of Mines, and CGD.

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