Quote: Originally Posted by eh huh
It really has nothing to do with oil except using more of it. A whopping %3 of our electricity is generated by oil and about %2 through so called renewable sources. It will take massive amounts of oil to manufacture and maintain these generators, better off just burning the oil in the generators we already have.
I was leaning more towards the long run where this will be a step towards the removal of the combustible engine and other machines which require oil as a fuel not as a lubricant. And it's also a step closer to more developments of technology so that the above will not require oil in the first place.
It's better then doing nothing.
Liquid hydrocarbons cannot be replaced by electricity generation without rebuilding our entire infrastructure - it ain't gonna happen, especially in a world of depleting resources.
Well welcome to the world of change and challenge. I never said it was going to be a picnic..... but once again, it's still better then doing nothing, and now finally after so many generations of us raping the planet for all it was worth and taking what we wanted, not what we needed, now we gotta tough it out a bit and make change the hard way.
They can be replaced by electrical generation, hybrid and 100% electrical cars are an example of this. Also the fact that you can easily modify a desil engine vehicle to use vedgitable oil for fuel rather then gas, this also proves there are numerous ways around what you think is impossible.
I bet you dollars to donuts this tidal power pipe dream never puts one watt of usable electricity back into the grid all the while sucking billions out. It's all called Jevons paradox.
Gee... considdering tests and prototypes have already been at work for a few years now, they have the charts and studies to prove they work to some degree... sure they're not going to be perfect starting off, but neither was the Model-T compared to todays vehicles. You gotta start somewhere and if you feel you can make a safe bet on the above, have fun.
Many people already think we would be better off using all of that natural gas being consumed in the tar sands to heat houses instead, hence the talk of just building a nuke reactor on site. That is all called energy returned on energy invested.
Another factoid that may open up your mind to the scale of the problem - we use 10 calories of hydrocarbon energy to create 1 calorie of food energy. We literally eat oil, now think about ethanol production using corn? Think depopulation
It's also called adapting and adjusting. I find it funny that people will think reserving a few farms for fuel will make us all starve... cripes, these farmers are having enough problems just trying to get people to buy their products for food, if they can also distribute some of their product towards fuel, then they now have a fighting chance at keeping their business. Oh and we all don't live off of corn... I don't know about you, but I also eat other foods.
So tell me... what is your great plan for solving our problems of today? Or do you feel there's nothing that requires solving to begin with?