Be it a classic car, an ultra slim condom or an old beer fridge, if something you rely on just stops working, for whatever reason, things can get real ugly real quick.

Fortunately, when it comes to energy, we humans figured out quite a while ago that fossil fuels and certain technologies can provide power pretty much anywhere at anytime, no questions asked.

Stuck in the wild on a dark night at a camp ground? A bucket of fuel and a diesel generator will turn on the lights, heat, music, whatever you need…

Car’s out of juice? Grab the spare tank in the back and fill her up, you’ll be on your way.

City wide power black out? Fire up the gas powered turbines as required.

None of those simple solutions to everyday problems are possible in any feasible and foolproof way with renewable energy (unless we are missing something?)…

Of course, for advanced economies with saturation electrification your nuclear, hydro and geothermal energy sources will cover most dilemmas, but they’re just not an option for large swathes of the planet, and won’t be for some time

Such that for most populations, if the wind ain’t blowin, the sun ain’t shinin and the excessively heavy and inefficient batteries run out, well that’s it buddy, thanks for playing…

It’s called reliability and, like Ron Burgundy, it’s kind of a big deal around here…