posted on Feb, 24 2008 @ 02:25 PM
What good news! Good for Virgin! And thanks, Zaphod for your contribution re military syn fuel use. I hadn't known that.
You know, we in the US rely so heavily on one energy source, oil (and coal to some extent), that any debate on alternative energy sources focuses on
the false choice of either all alternative sources or none at all.
The fact is, the choices are not limited. The fact is, we can reduce dependence on oil/hydrocarbon by conservation, new ideas, and supplementing that
source with others. Is that good news for all those corporations that produce, supply, distribute, or are involved in any way with oil? No. Is it good
news for the meth dealer when a buyer no longer wants to purchase? No.
Most current big energy corporations would have you believe that you need them and only them to survive. Science and technology be dammed, unless it
serves their interests.
I use Southern California Edison for my electric needs. Decades ago, SoCalEd declared that they were not going to build anymore nuclear power
plants--they weren't worth it. I applauded their decision. They use combinations of different energy sources.
If Americans are concerned about being the #1 Superpower, they should not focus on military supremacy but energy supremacy. Being overly dependent on
hydrocarbon sources would only weaken the US economically and militarily. Little wonder the military is experimenting--it knows. Plus it knows there
is a better way to gain energy resources than to involve the military. Make energy not war.