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  •  If the fossil fuels are extracted -- (2+ / 0-)
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    they will be burned.  If you don't burn them, some middle-class aspirant in India or China will burn them.

    If you want to stop burning them you have to stop extracting them.

    "Every time you opt in to kindness/ Make one connection, used to divide us/ It echoes all over the world" -- from Dar Williams' "Echoes"

    by Cassiodorus on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 06:33:45 PM PST

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    •  We only extract that which we wish to burn (1+ / 0-)
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      Lawrence

      We don't extract it and then look for a use. If no one wants any, we will extract less, look around.

      How big is your personal carbon footprint?

      by ban nock on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 06:43:00 PM PST

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    •  If we contribute to making wind and solar (2+ / 0-)
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      so inexpensive that it's cheaper than fossil fuels, however, then middle-class aspirants in India or wherever will use them instead.

      That's already happening with wind, and is starting to happen with solar.

      "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

      by Lawrence on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 03:51:07 AM PST

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      •  If we consume less fossil fuel -- (0+ / 0-)

        fossil fuel will become cheaper.  Less demand means lower price for the same commodity.

        "Every time you opt in to kindness/ Make one connection, used to divide us/ It echoes all over the world" -- from Dar Williams' "Echoes"

        by Cassiodorus on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 07:14:13 AM PST

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        •  By the time that happens, it'll be too late for (1+ / 0-)
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          the fossil fuel industry.

          The theoretical and practical minimum production cost for renewables is much lower than with fossils because the wind and the sun don't cost anything.  The only reason that some renewables are still more expensive than fossil fuels is because we've been working on the tech and economies of scale for far shorter periods of time than with fossil fuel based energy production.

           

          "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

          by Lawrence on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 09:49:59 AM PST

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