Last week a good friend of Agi's named Andi hosted us for dinner at her flat. She likes making exotic dishes and served us up some snails--the first time either of us have had any. Since they were dunked in a butter-garlic mix they looked very harmless and actually tasted very much like clam in clam chowder--just bigger.
Andi's boyfriend is an engineer who's involved in supplying electricity to Budapest and so he's well-informed about all kinds of energy-related issues. His fascinating insight on where the world will get its power in the future:
- most oil will run out in 50 years or less;
- wind, solar and water won't produce enough energy to make big impact;
- the real--and only--solution is nuclear power...
Kind of chilling, really. I think Americans are finally beginning to understand what Europeans have been working on for a while: we need to use and produce our energy much more efficiently and not be so wasteful.