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  •  very much agreed (4.00)
    We dodged a bullet this winter.  The winter has been extraordinarily mild in the northeast (as was the summer).  If it had been a normal winter, or a bad one - I shudder to think about what oil and natural gas prices would be like.

    Not only does the long-term future not look good...I'm worried about the medium-term and short-term.  The optimists believe that peak oil won't hit until 2020.  (2020?  That's only 15 years from now.  Most of us will be alive to see it...and suffer from it.)  The pessimists think it could be happening now.  In any case, that's not enough time to develop alternate energy sources.  Worse, alternates may be impossible, due to the laws of thermodynamics.  Oil is an amazing, one-time gift.  We're using up millions of years of buried sunshine when we burn oil.  No other energy source comes close.  Even nuclear fusion wouldn't provide the cheap energy oil gives us...assuming we ever got it working.

    One oddity: not all right-wingers are oilmen.  Many of them are quite worried about peak oil, though they often take a religious or racist view of things.  I like pointing out to them that Michael Moore wrote about peak oil.  ("Oil's Well That Ends Well," Chapter 3 of Dude, Where's My Country?).  They are alway shocked to hear that that commie liberal knows about peak oil...

    Protons have mass? I didn't even know they were Catholic.

    by randym77 on Wed Jan 12, 2005 at 08:32:12 AM PST

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    •  Right-wing disconnect (4.00)
      They've been taught so long that liberals are idealists that, in their frames, it's difficult to reconcile the notion that liberals might know something about energy policy in the here-and-now. They can see us playing with solar-powered cars and exotic house designs, and roll their eyes, but it doesn't occur to them that we are experimenting now because we know there will be a time not too far from now when any experience we gain would be very useful to avoiding total collapse.

      Hungry for energy news and discussion? Have some Fuel For Thought!

      by lilithvf1998 on Wed Jan 12, 2005 at 09:45:32 AM PST

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