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  •  Two words: Hydraulic Fracturing (6+ / 0-)

    Fracking for short so they can get natural gas trapped in porous limestone. Sure, it pollutes the water supply and it has an appalling safety record, but we can burn it with only slight modifications in the existing infrastructure. So they've come to accept peak oil. Their solution is to find different carbon based fuel sources. Anhydrous methane is another one. And you think CO2 is scary wait until a drilling mishap in an anhydrous methane occurs and millions of tons of CH4 burst from the sea floor into the atmosphere. And don't forget coal and shale gasification efforts. No, peak oil isn't going to stop them. Peak carbon might, but that's centuries down the road (a road we probably won't be on).

    As soon as you have people telling other people how to live/think/behave because "god gave them authority" you effectively get dictators in funny looking hats.

    by ontheleftcoast on Fri May 20, 2011 at 12:35:58 AM PDT

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    •  Not substitutable (1+ / 0-)
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      Natural gas can't directly replace oil for all the things oil is used for, so the decline of oil will cause a direct and permanent impact on the economy.

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