No longer is there the stern preacher shouting from the pulpit admonishing the people about the pains of hell, but colorful, toy-like apps. Even sin is different: from what displeases God to what displeases Greta. And, of course, in place of the church is the bank, the new Temple of the 21st century.
Human advancement came about through the transition from lower to higher energy density sources: from wood to coal and then to oil and gas. The next step would be nuclear power, but ideological opposition from environmentalists has taken over.
Credit cards with a double ceiling are becoming increasingly popular: the economic one and the "environmental" one, based on the so-called "carbon footprint" that each transaction would entail. A Pavlovian training system that could even become mandatory.
We would have to multiply electricity production more than tenfold to have the amount sufficient to power our country and its cars, if all electric. That is why stopping internal combustion engines in 2035 is basically unrealistic.
"Energy Sovereignty" is a book that serves to alert us to the challenges now and those to come, but it also tries to offer insights into seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. The problems related to rising energy prices, although serious, are not insurmountable.
The green extremist movement founded in Berlin less than a year ago has established itself in Milan and Rome and is expanding to other cities in the Center-North. Exactly as in Berlin, where authorities when they do not minimize openly support, in Italy we see everything but condemnation.
The Europarliament has voted in favor of Commission measures to ban diesel, gasoline and LPG cars from 2035. An environmentalist move, however, that may have no impact on the environment. While it may have it on the lower and middle classes.
German environmental movements have moved easily from words to deeds, initiating a series of mobilizations, bordering on violence, that are little talked about in the rest of Europe.
Problemi così complessi sollevano questioni che non possono essere decise solo a livello politico. Anziché prendere decisioni sulla base di slogan, servono esperti e attente valutazioni per mettere assieme una politica energetica.