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  •  As a point of fact (0+ / 0-)

    We don't owe China that much money.  The hold about 10% of our debt and that debt is in dollars.

    Sorry but I feel the need to correct this as part of the battle against the notion that our national debt is a crisis.

    As for peak oil, the solution is to adopt EVs as fast a possible.  What we really need is legislation that forces the adoption of EVs.  Perhaps a law stating that all new passenger vehicles but 2020 must be at least hybrids and that by 2025 all new automobiles, including trucks, must be pure EVs.  

    "It was believed afterward that the man was a lunatic, because there was no sense in what he said." "The War Prayer" by Mark Twain

    by Quanta on Sun Jun 30, 2013 at 11:23:39 AM PDT

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    •  There may be a glut of natural gas in the US with (0+ / 0-)

      all the fracking and horizontal drilling going on. We may see auto manufacturers starting to produce vehicles to run on LNG with energy companies adding natural gas pumps to their stations to take advantage and keep prices up.

      Could You Be Driving a Natural Gas-Powered Car Soon?

      In the space of just a few short years, the United States has gone from fretting about dwindling domestic energy resources to the realization that it sits on one of the world's largest reserves of natural gas.

      That, coupled with the overriding desire to wean the country from its dependence on foreign oil, would make transitioning more of the nation's cars and trucks to run on natural gas the logical outcome, right?

      •  And the water supply in many communities will (0+ / 0-)

        be ruined along with neighborhoods and farmlands that were in the way of that trapped "hydrocarbons."

        The pollution caused by these practices ruins property values, water quality, air quality and it does nothing to get us onto CLEAN alternative energy. It's not even a bandaid over a gaping wound. It's more like salt rubbed in said gaping wound.

        We need more Solar, Wind, and Wave generators, We need better building designs for passive solar collection, and air circulation, we need more sidewalks that are connected, bike-lanes and better, reliable public transportation.

        We need laws that prohibit urban sprawl, more building up and not spreading out.

        We need to make sure that people who wish to use birth control are given every opportunity to do so, because this planet ain't getting any bigger.

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