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  •  The Japanese recently (past couple of years), (0+ / 0-)

    greenlighted a project to build an orbiting solar power satellite. I don't know what the status is currently, but that has promise if we get enough of them on line in time.

    Information is abundant, wisdom is scarce. The Druid

    by FarWestGirl on Mon Oct 03, 2011 at 05:35:27 AM PDT

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    •  I'm sorry (1+ / 0-)
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      But I would bet that the energy cost, let alone the financial cost, of getting enough up there to make a difference, let alone to solve the problem, will be prohibitive.

      Take the same money and put it into reducing demand and you will get more bang for your buck.

      The overarching problem is that we are now right at the limit of ROI for any of these projects.

      Even a 1% increase in production on an already massive bill is disproportionately expensive. On the other side, a 1% decrease in demand is more easily achieved and has massive effect.

      Of course, as supply falls, the demand part of the equation becomes irrelevant, it WILL fall; chaotically, destructively, perhaps terminally, but fall it will.

      Our choice is whether we try to stay ahead of the curve or wait till it mows us down.

      Until inauguration day The USA is in the greatest danger it has ever experienced.

      by Deep Dark on Mon Oct 03, 2011 at 12:46:01 PM PDT

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      •  Conservation and efficiency are always the (0+ / 0-)

        cheapest, but this sort of investment is important. Space is never going to be a viable alternative for a significant portion of the population, but it's an important avenue of development, and over time may be not only a workable platform, but a legitimate source of energy and security, (against large mobile rocks), as well. Ask the dinosaurs.

        Information is abundant, wisdom is scarce. The Druid

        by FarWestGirl on Mon Oct 03, 2011 at 01:21:31 PM PDT

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