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In the definition of energy the facet of extending reach/distance is mentioned separately, although transport/mobility devices are just devices of course, but they don't contribute to actual production of goods/services, yet consumes 50% of the energy. Transport/mobility use 50% of all energy consumed and have no other contribution to our prosperity than extending reach. When energy gets expensive and starts to burden economies, reducing reach is a huge cost reduction potential. Reducing reach give severe cost reduction in times of high energy costs. When energy gets expensive distances/reach contracts to shorter/smaller values (reversed said: prosperity can survive when the reach gets smaller. In plain English: a vibrant local prosperity focused economy is the best performing economic model in times of expensive energy. Or: transport/mobility takes more energy than it contributes to prosperity. Or: how shorter the reach, how higher the prosperity. Higher energy prices let the factor distances/reach melt like snow in the sun.

Author: Gijs Graafland

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