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Gary Richardson

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They aren't serious about our energy problems.
Sep 2, 2012

They aren't Serious about Solving Our Energy problems.
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The Powers that be are constantly beating the drum about what we should to combat Global Warming by the reduction of CO2 from the combustion of Fossil fuels. Our Internal combustion engine that drives much of the modern economy was invented in 1890 and since then has been improved and improved and made evermore affordable so that a considerable proportion of the westerm population can afford can obtain their own transport. Most of our energy production is done with fossil fuels. On one hand we are told that we must get away from fossil fuels but on the other hand it appears impossible to switch to something else midsteam.
During this period, technology has gone ahead in leaps and bounds and now we have gone to the moon and have hand-held phones and computers that once would have taken up an entire room. Amazingly we still can't get away from the use of fossil fuels... or can we? Can one believe that after all this time, we can not get anything substantial to replace fossil fuel for our energy needs. On closer examination it appears that the commercial world doesn't want to sever the tie to our existing and very expensive infrastructure (2 Trillion dollars at last count.) Now, that's certainly something the leaders of industry won't want to be dismantling any time soon. Although there is talk of peak oil, there is still plenty of it left that they want to sell to us. Maybe there are designs for a new generation of vehicle just waiting to be dusted off and put into production. Those who know what can be done and what can't seem to have a lack of power and/or political will.
Over the decades there have been many, many apparently, clean and green inventions that have never seen the light of day. Some of these have proven to be confidence tricks done to lighten our wallet but surely not all of them. The very good ideas, no doubt, threatened the vested interests and were bought up or were suppressed. An example of this type of suppression could be the lead-acid battery industry. Battery manufacturers sell 1 battery to every car owner in the world every 3 to 5 years. Suddenly, if some smart inventor comes up with a battery that lasts 3 times longer it would devastate their industry. Are these wealthy, well established companies just going to let their golden gooses just fly away? Human nature says they won't. They will, and have used, fair means or foul to maintain that for which they have worked so hard.
Now the burden is being placed upon us, the consumer with another tax; the Carbon Tax. The move to steadily get away from fossil fules could have been started decades ago and we probably would have been switched over to the new technology by now but now, at the eleventh hour, so they tell us, it's panic stations.
These problems were known decades ago, so that is why it is obvious that 'they really aren't serious about solving the problems of energy production.'

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Gary Richardson

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Re: They aren't serious about our energy problems.
Sep 3, 2012

Yes, The warming is real but how much of it are we responsible for?

We produce 3% of all the naturally produced CO2. We have had higher concentrations of CO2 in the past and we are still here.

The average world temperature rose 1 Deg C between 1950 and 1997 and has since stopped rising. Some Global Warming.

Australia has just shot itself in the financial foot by introducing a Carbon Tax.

We still should get away from fossil fuels because they:
1) Are limited in supply.
2) Are very polluting.(especially with oil spills)
3) Are keeping us on the treadmill.

There are better alternatives out there but we won't see them until the last bit of carbon based fuel is sold.


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Re: They aren't serious about our energy problems.
Mar 2, 2014

We may look at increasing of consumption of fossil fuels along with deforestation, oceanic oil and chemical pollutions, water shortage and polluted water; and increasing the consumption of food,water and land due to population growth.

It is a combination of destroyed natural systems that is causing a mixture of environmental problems. CO2 increase is one factor, born with other factors.
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