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    that last sentence is simply not true, by a long shot, even as I am a (strong) supporter of electrification of transport. Even with aggressive action, it will take awhile to shift to electricity in transportation. An awful lot of effective stuff that we can be doing in the interim.

    And, well, in terms of global demand -- unless the entire world goes on a path of reducing, not increasing, oil demand ... US domestic production will continue.

    •  We need new energy models (0+ / 0-)

      and we need more engineers to take biology and chemistry classes to use nature and chemistry as a model for energy conversion models.  Plants capture and store solar energy; we use electrical energy in our bodies all the time with our nerve cells (nerves are similar to electrical wires, and transmit electrons down their length).  Our current models are based on academically physics solutions, which means machinery to convert energy.  We need to start using other models, like chemistry and biochemstristy.  

    •  " a while" is relative.. (0+ / 0-)

      I'm talking 10-15 years..  We need to invest in the research and clean power plants (i.e. nuclear) to be there by then, however.

      Lifespan of cars being so short, the turnaround would be very quick if the technologies are in place.  And I see no good reason electric cars won't be viable (possibly even cheaper) alternatives by then.

      Electric cars run on clean power gives you a double whammy that no other single item can give.

      "Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others." - G. Marx

      by Skeptical Bastard on Sat May 01, 2010 at 08:57:44 AM PDT

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