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  •  Oil is neccessary in the short to medium term (0+ / 0-)

    You can't be deluded enough to think it isn't, can you?

    Hopefully, in the long term, it won't be.

    •  Please define (0+ / 0-)

      "medium to short term" Is that 5 years? Ten? Twenty? Thirty, maybe?

      The wake-up call to end our oil addiction came thirty seven years ago, during the Arab embargo of 1973. If the political will to solve the problem had not been lacking then, the problem would not exist today. We wouldn't be at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the air would be cleaner, we'd all be richer, and we'd be eating clean, fresh Gulf of Mexico shrimp. The sad, sorry, scenario we see before us today is the result of that lack of political will to overcome the entrenched interests of the oilmen and their partners in crime in the MIC who personally profit from the endless oil wars.

      You simply do not seem to grasp the desperate urgency behind our need to replace dirty, non-renewable fossil fuels with clean sustainable energy. We need an alternative energy program on a scale and speed that dwarfs that of the Manhattan and Apollo Programs combined, and we need it literally yesterday.

      Al Qeada is a faith-based initiative.

      by drewfromct on Tue Jul 20, 2010 at 07:26:15 AM PDT

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      •  Solving it requires technology, not poltics (0+ / 0-)

        37 years ago, it was not technically possible to replace oil.  Today, it might almost be possible to reduce it somewhat.  But we are still a long ways technically to replacing oil.  Basically, we need a clean source of energy that is almost as cheap as oil (with taxes and governmental incentives pushing it over the top).  That probably won't occur for several decades, if ever.

        •  The technology (0+ / 0-)

          is here, now. What is lacking is the political will to end the generous multi billion dollar subsidies to
          fossil duels and nukes, and put all our financial, intellectual, and political capital into sustainable energy right now. Again, if this nation had done what needed to be done in 1974, we would not have the problems we do today.

          You seem to neglect the fact that if all the externalized costs of fossil fuel use (mainly pollution and wars) were added to the price at the pump, wind and solar are already less expensive.

          We can't afford to wait any longer.

          Al Qeada is a faith-based initiative.

          by drewfromct on Tue Jul 20, 2010 at 10:36:24 AM PDT

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          •  You are wrong (0+ / 0-)

            Here is a complete list of non-oil powered airplanes:

            1. [none exist]

            Here is a complete list of non-oil powered cargo ships:

            1. [none exist]

            Here is a complete list of non-oil powered big rigs:

            1. [none exist]

            Here is a complete list of non-oil powered passenger vehicles that can be driven on a long road trip without stopping:

            1. [none exist]
            •  Nope (0+ / 0-)

              It is you who are wrong.

              Aircraft can be fueled on both hydrogen and biodiesel. Please don't try to weasel and say that none currently are, because the fact is that they can be.

              Ever heard of sailing ships? They existed for thousands of years before the oil era. There is technology in development to use large kites to help power ships.

              Any oil-fueled engine, be it on a ship, plane, truck, or passenger car can be potentially powered by Hydrogen or Biodiesel, and Hydrogen can be derived from electricity generated by sun, wind, water, or waves. The technology exists. The reasons why it has not been fully developed are purely economical-political.

              Your whiny nay-saying might be helpful to the oilmen, but it's not winning you any friends here.

              Al Qeada is a faith-based initiative.

              by drewfromct on Wed Jul 21, 2010 at 03:34:05 PM PDT

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