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  •  OIl is the best energy source out there (0+ / 0-)

    for all kinds of different reasons.  

    As we run out of oil life will become more difficult for humans.  Of course, we should be conserving oil for all kinds of reasons, but I don't see energy conservation happening with a rising population.

    My guess is that energy conservation is completely against human nature even with a stable population.  Rare is the person that thinks he has enough.

    •  best? I understand the reasons that oil (5+ / 0-)

      came into use, but the downsides, I think, are becoming increasingly clear. If you factor in 'externalities', can you really say that oil is the best we have?

      Either way, we all know it will eventually fall into disuse as a primary transportation fuel, so why not work extra hard to get off the stuff a little more quickly?

      But of course, it's not just oil. Coal is going to be difficult to boot as developing economies all over the world build coal plants with 50 year lifespans. We're fighting an uphill battle, that's for sure.

      eKos: Environmental diaries @ DK

      by patrickz on Mon Sep 20, 2010 at 09:12:13 PM PDT

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      •  THere is nothing else that comes even close to (0+ / 0-)

        oil in energy density and reliability.

        The alternatives will lead to harder lives for us all.  People should start understanding this fact.  There are no good alternatives to oil.

        And we are likely already beyond peak oil.

        •  I understand where you are coming from, but (3+ / 0-)

          The alternatives will lead to harder lives for us all.

          Say those words to the folks living in the Niger Delta. Do you really think that the ecological devastation of their homeland has made their lives easier? Those in developed economies, in the United States, have indeed lived easier lives, but at whose expense? What if the worst of global warming comes to pass? Climate destabilization, famine, floods, etc.

          For me, the only way that the fossil fuel age will redeem itself is to find a way out before things get really bad. We have this great technology, thanks in large part to oil and other fossil fuels. Now let's get off it while the getting is good.

          eKos: Environmental diaries @ DK

          by patrickz on Mon Sep 20, 2010 at 10:15:07 PM PDT

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