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  •  Unfortunately there's too much overlap (1+ / 0-)
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    You can't use the same land for 4 different fuel crops AND solar AND geothermal AND wind AND nuclear AND coal AND whatever other unproven nutball idea like algae farms happens to come along. The earth has a finite amount of space, and each of these "alternative" fuels has a different set of issues and problems that must be overcome.

    You can't fly an airplane on solar electricity. You have to dispose of radioactive nuclear and coal slag waste. Tidal power has a huge impact on marine life. Windmills kill thousands of birds including raptors and use huge amounts of land to produce little electricity. Hyrogen is not a power source, it's a net loss battery. Solar panels are energy intensive to make and use large amounts of plastics, metals and silicon, which are in short supply or will be soon. And so on.

    As James Howard Kunstler says, "we have to make other arrangements."

    I am anticipating dieoff due to poor planning on the part of the industrialized world, and I'm moving ever closer to self sufficiency here on our homestead. It'll be ugly. It'll be messy. There will be much wailing and gnashing of teeth. But there isn't any realistic substitute for oil, even if you combine several of these new (and mostly unproven) "alternative" ideas.

    Sorry folks, but we've overshot. The party's over. It's a reality most people want to wish their way out of, saying "we're smart, we'll invent our way out of the problem." Part of me wishes that were true. The other part of me realizes that it's probably impossible and acknowledges that it's time to put away the party hats and turn out the lights. I hope I'm wrong. But if I'm right, I'll already have the infrastructure in place to survive.

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    by willers on Sun Nov 26, 2006 at 05:50:28 PM PST

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      let's use less land for corn as a food crop. If we're still using it for corn, make it be for energy - or plant a better energy crop instead. We have too much damn corn.

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      by OrangeClouds115 on Sun Nov 26, 2006 at 09:18:02 PM PST

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      •  If used as a sweetener (1+ / 0-)
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        I would agree, but it IS a nutritious staple crop if used as cornmeal for food and animal feeds. However, it tends to take up quite a lot of space and there are better uses of that same space for food crops that produce more nutrition per acre. Corn has become such a widely grown crop because it's easy to grow and can be used for so many things, from plastics to chicken feed.

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        by willers on Mon Nov 27, 2006 at 03:31:03 PM PST

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