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Originally posted by WestPoint23
Umm... if climate change is natural then why should we "deal" with it?
Originally posted by dr_strangecraft
Because environmentalists and oil companies have waged bureacratic war against each other for so long, we have the worst of all possible worlds. Lots of obsolete plants, churning out at maximum capacity. We could have fewer cleaner plants, without decreasing output.
Exxon/Mobil has built state of the art refineries in mexico and africa, where there is no real oversight. The plants are cleaner, not because of environment, as much as because dirty plants are wasteful. Exxon said in last year's report to stockholders that they plan to shift refining to Africa, and only import finished petro to the US, to avoid litigation and capricious federal enforcement. They also said that less than half of their profit is now generated within the US.
I don't mean for this to sound like a pep rally for the oil companies. ...
But in the mean time, even if Tesla motors' totally electric car proves workable, it'll be at least a decade before most combustion motors are replaced.
So in reality, we're probably talking about 20 years after an alternate fuel becomes practical, before it becomes really widespread.