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  •  Comment on Point, which is why I would double (1+ / 0-)
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    down on what I said earlier, regarding the Earth as a resource bonanza.

    You're correct that the civilization may be able to isolate the pebble that started it all, but they may not be able to accelerate the process (nature) which resulted in today's resource-rich Earth.

    Anyway, if we were ever confronted with such an event, I would side with the cautious generals.

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    by PatriciaVa on Sat May 11, 2013 at 07:05:12 PM PDT

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    •  Oh, you meant oil. (1+ / 0-)
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      I thought you were talking about exploitation of the total rocky/metallic bulk of the planet.  Very different timelines.

      Today's trivia becomes tomorrow's sacrament.

      by Troubadour on Sat May 11, 2013 at 07:09:02 PM PDT

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    •  The Process Is Solar Radiation (1+ / 0-)
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      and capturing it for electricity is faster than waiting 200 million years for it to transform carbon underground into volatiles to dig up and burn.

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      by Gooserock on Sat May 11, 2013 at 08:13:24 PM PDT

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      •  By going solar, we're "climbing the energy path." (2+ / 0-)
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        Going to the source.  It's a revolutionary change with all sorts of massive benefits - one of which is general human expansion into the inner solar system.  Passive solar is the shape of the next few centuries.  We would ultimately need fusion to settle the outer solar system, but there's no hurry.

        Today's trivia becomes tomorrow's sacrament.

        by Troubadour on Sat May 11, 2013 at 08:37:40 PM PDT

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      •  I was thinking more along the lines of.. (1+ / 0-)
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        ....wood, water, animal protein et al.

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        by PatriciaVa on Sat May 11, 2013 at 08:50:55 PM PDT

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        •  Well, water's abundant out there. (2+ / 0-)
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          So much we just wouldn't know what to do with it.  The problem is the energy input needed to make and keep it liquid, and/or break it into hydrogen and oxygen.  In the outer solar system, the Sun just doesn't cut it, so it's gotta be nuclear (either fission or fusion).

          Proteins of any kind can be synthesized, but that again goes back to energy problems - you have to input more energy into their creation than they provide the person who consumes them, so you must rely on a large-scale sustainable energy source.  Woods too, probably.

          Today's trivia becomes tomorrow's sacrament.

          by Troubadour on Sat May 11, 2013 at 09:07:26 PM PDT

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