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  •  a question that comes up every generation... (none)
    "Will the democracies consent to their own survival?"

    The elephant in the room   

    From the standpoint of jobs, replacing oil imports, and reducing energy consumption, this looks good. However, is 20% by 2020 really enough to stop or even make a serious impact to reduce the worst effects of global warming?

    IMHO, "peak oil" and "global warming" have to be solved in one operation. Civilization can't afford to do a fix for "peak oil" and then another fix immediately thereafter to deal with stopping the release of fossil fuel CO2 into the air.

    The big difference in attempting to solve both problems in a single operation? Coal.

    Coal's sole virtue is that it is abundant, and therefore, burning it is cheap energy. There don't appear to be solutions with respect to CO2 emission from "clean coal" other than sequestration, and to essentially, put in dead storage forever all the CO2 that comes from coal-fired power plants isn't consistent with cheap.

    So in this program, when does coal get phased out?

    Looking for intelligent energy policy alternatives? Try here.

    by alizard on Tue Dec 13, 2005 at 10:24:43 PM PST

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