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  •  Listening, but what shall we do? (none)
    We could raise gas taxes in the U.S. to model Europe and thereby curb demand for gas guzzling vehicles.  We could invest more money in solar and wind power, but that presents land use issues.  We could switch to electric cars, but most of the U.S. electric market is serviced by coal (not a renewable friendly choice).  At $20k per car, it would be expensive to force the public to switch to say a hybrid Prius; but it could be done.

    My question is: what can we do?  Oil is such a powerful force in our economies, what do we do to supplant it?  It seems very daunting given that U.S. demand for oil is over 10 million barrels per day.  In June of this year, 398 million gallons per day was supplied of all grades of gasoline.  Those are truly massive numbers; so is there anything we can do that does not involve the d-word (drastic)?

    •  Buy a biodiesel car -- a diesel car (none)
      and run biodiesel in it.

      That's what I did.

      Creates opportunity to talk about it.
      --Demand for more biodiesel service stations
        --Demand for more fuel use.
          --Demand for more producing factories
            --More trucking routes
              --Demand for more crops grown

      In troubling times, it's good to read true stories about real people doing good things. HeroicStories, free

      by AllisonInSeattle on Tue Sep 20, 2005 at 01:11:29 AM PDT

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      •  Just can't see biodiesel... (none)
        ...as any kind of alternative.  It takes more energy to produce a gallon of the stuff than you get out, it depletes soil nutrients, and it pollutes the air.

        If you're going to force the same level of expensive infrastructure adjustment that more benign alternatives will cause, why not go with one of them?

        My personal choice is PV solar; both for grid electricity, and as the power source for batteried transportation.  It's the only power sounce that scales down to the level of the individual, breaking the stranglehold of the power corporations on the little folk.

        Fuel cells aren't bad, although they're only possible with the same kind of huge, centralized distribution grid we have today.  At least they don't pollute.

        Whatever -

        But let's stop burning stuff to get where we want to go.

        JF

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