Post-apocalyptic War Zone?
Man, you don't have much faith in mankind, do you? (though I'm 90 percent sure you are being sarcastic) But it points out what I mentioned about the doomsdayer mentality. That's its going to be all Mad Max the day after the grid goes out. As noted, a great deal of the world lives without secure water access, heating, cooling or electricity right now. I seriously can't see "most" people dying in the first year of no electricity. Human beings are very resilient and tenacious. Last year I read The Worst Hard Time about folks surviving the Dust Bowl. The conditions were mind-boggling. I was surprised at one couple that survived almost exclusively on pickled tumbleweed for an entire year. Many of the people featured in the book who grew up in this time are still alive or lived into their 90s. There were many such stories in the book. And, you guessed it, they had no electricity either (or sewers or water delivery systems).
Originally posted by Cardinal
From the northern reaches of the world to the intense heat and dryness of the Kalahari, humans have managed to eek out an existence in virtually every corner of the world. I'm not saying these extreme conditions make for the best quality of life, but I also don't think not having electricity will spell disaster for the majority of us.
I'll also point out that it is possible to generate electricity in a variety of ways on more local scales. Steam turbines, for example, which existed long before solar or wind-generated electricity. Or hydro-power. I see electricity emerging again locally in not too long if our grid went down. Humans are smart.