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Isn't electricity per se terribly inefficient? If I'm correctly informed, electricity (the way we use it) is very inefficient in the sense that most of the energy drawn from fossile or nuclear fuels is lost either in the power plant itself or on long distance power lines, so that only ca. 30 % actually reach our homes. I realize it would be rather costly to give each home its own little (also inefficient) generator or to create fuel-driven computers and coffee makers, but shouldn't we at least prefer diesel trains and gas heating to their respective electrical counterparts? And why is so much effort put into the construction of electric cars? I'm sure the waste gas problem can be solved in another way!
Re:Isn't electricity per se terribly inefficient?
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