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  •  Dear barath, (1+ / 0-)
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    Calamity Jean

    Please lay down that crystal ball. It's not working for you today.

    Look instead at the army, navy, and air force trying alternative fuels -- field-testing them right now. Look at the "fleet partnership" that includes FedEx, UPS and others who are test-driving them. Right now. Look at GE and Google (!) building commercial solar plants.

    Abandon your assumptions about liquid fuel. We may or may not need it at times, for a while, but alternatives are being tested, which will bring standardization, mass production, and lower cost.

    Seriously. Question authority ;)

    •  Hmm... (0+ / 0-)

      I guess I didn't explain myself clearly.

      I am not arguing that we cannot create alternative liquid fuels or alternative energy sources such as solar, wind, etc.  I am saying that I've done the numbers and the industrial capacity we have and are likely to have in the next decade or so is insufficient to produce alternatives at the scale required to fully substitute for all our current energy uses.

      Check out David Fridley's excellent Nine Challenges of Alternative Energy.  The projects you cite are nowhere near the scale we need.

      Also, I do wonder why people react so strongly to the not-so-radical suggestion that we simply use a lot less energy in an effort to become more sustainable.

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