posted on May, 8 2005 @ 12:48 AM
Delta, you're absolutely correct about oil usage and why we need to get away from it. I would add two things, though:
First, even if we were not running out of oil and facing Peak Oil within the next couple of years, continued burning would end up killing a
bunch of us off due to increased pollution-related diseases, and possible sea level rises caused by global warming, of which hydrocarbon burning has
to be a contributor.
But outside of a very few fringe believers, just about everyone with any geological background believes that we are running out of oil,
and although abiotic oil formation may be theoretically possible, it is at best a miniscule portion of oil, and the increased growth in the industry
and transportation of places like PRC and India will drain the oil wells far more rapidly that the "First World" would by itself.
Second, If we can use an alternative energy source (like nuclear fission) to crack water into its components, we could produce enough hydrogen
for fuel cell vehicles, and they could be scaled up to run a Peterbilt as well as they could for a Toyota.
We could even use those same hydrogen fuel cell engines to operate lighter-that-air craft, using superstrong and superlight carbon fiber skin and
support strtuctures, which would allow delivery of just about any cargo to within a mile or so of every market, including the corner store, at a
But the bottom line is that we need to get cracking on it now, and most people are either wasting their time by postulating waiting for nonexistent
magic energy sources to be suddenly "discovered" (Tesla, zpg, etc.) -- or pretending that Everything Is Just Peachy and not doing anything at all.