posted on Mar, 9 2005 @ 06:34 PM
As in most things, it's not so much a question of technology at this point as of mindset. We are conditioned to use a certain amount of energy and we
are conditioned not to think about where it comes from. Part of meeting our energy needs is changing what those needs are (ie: using less).
98% of American households could not survive if they had to be responsible for their own energy generation or waste disposal. Our building codes and
zoning regulations raise functional barriers as well.
A man from New Mexico named Michael Reynolds pioneered the "Earthship", a housing system made of automobile tires (a resource that we have in
abundance). I've done a good bit of research on it and the associated technologies. The structure is a far superior way to build a dwelling, (heats
and cools itself, tornado proof,) but try to get one approved by your local building inspector. Try to get a building permit to build a dwelling with
grey water recycling, solar toilet, and rainwater collection. Oh it can be done, but the hoops to jump through are many and often on fire.
If you ask me, every fast flowing river in the US should have 1000s of little microhydro generators next to it. Every roof in the nation should be
covered with photovoltaics and solar water heating systems. Windmills should be everywhere. Energy generation should move away from the large scale
long distance transmission model for areas where it can, like private residences. I have to say I am delighted when I see road signs powered by solar
instead of sucking from the grid.
No. Wind, Solar, and Hydro are not enough by themselves at their current technology levels but I still believe we should be using them where we can.
Wind, Sunlight, and Gravity are all free, very clean, and never run out.