reply to post by purplemer
What does it matter. How does it hurt to have renewable energies instead. Peeps should get over it. No one knows what is causing climate
change. But the risks are not worth taking...
Ah, the last bastion... "Well... this stuff is for the best, anyway, so it's all good."
Unfortunately, "renewable" energy isn't really all that ideal, for a number of reasons. With the exception of hydro-electric dams and geothermal,
all forms of "renewable" energy tend to be sporadic in nature and highly localized. They require massive amounts of supporting infrastructure for
power storage, regulation, and switching to compatible electrical standards (unless you plan to completely overhaul the transmission system).
Further, wind turbines are just not going to be effective in some regions, and solar is going to not work out so well in other regions (the same with
geothermal and hydro-electric).
Geothermal and hydro-electric power stations are, to be blunt, the most practical of renewable resource technologies. Environmentalists, however,
throw a #-fit over damming up rivers (and, once again, these dams only really work in areas where you have steep hills/mountains to allow the
formation of a lake without having to, literally, build said mountains). Geothermal seems to be largely ignored, but I believe part of that is
because the drilling technology used to set up those stations and the limitations to regions of thinner crust are large factors in this.
"So, it's challenging. That's why we need to start making efforts now and stop making excuses!"
You're putting the cart before the horse.
I am all for a society that meets most of its energy needs off of "renewable" sources. There are, however, several factors that are not related to
how we generate power that largely affect the practicality of generating power.
Most of the energy we use in our homes goes to two things - climate control and lighting. When it's cold, we are busy burning energy (in some form)
to heat the thing up; and when it's warm, we are burning energy to pump the heat outside and circulate air.
Home construction needs to be seriously reconsidered. From many standpoints, a building that sits above ground makes very little sense. It is far
more vulnerable to natural forces and, regardless of how well insulated it is, will often be too warm or too cold for the occupants' comfort. Put a
house underground and use systems similar to fiber optics to transfer natural daylight into the structure. Advances in LED technology (OLED and its
successor - Quantum Dot LED) will allow these same systems to be augmented by energy-efficient artificial lighting.
That, there, will reduce any population's energy consumption considerably when compared to our current living standards.
The other major aspect is transportation. This is more easily resolved in large urban centers; where we can see massive underground cities,
interlinked by moving sidewalks and conveyor belts for goods, replacing the current urban landscape. Such systems would be designed so that walking
is the primary form of transportation and movement of people and supplies can be kept to a minimum.
However, all of this takes time. The best way to help spur things forward is to create a construction business specialized in such architectural
designs and concepts - and to market/advertise the advantages to companies, hotel/apartment owners, and individual home owners. As energy costs rise
(and they will as time goes on - regardless of how much comes from "renewable" resources), the selling points of those structures become much more
persuasive. Take pride in those designs and make them both functional and comfortable (as well as affordable) - and there's no reason for them not
to become a hit.
After that, the prospect of powering your refrigerator, oven, computers, and a few lights off of solar power becomes much more realistic. In larger
scale applications - the energy needs and applications change to become more suitable for renewable sources. And with that - you can change the face
of society for a thousand years to come without ever having to pass a law, speak to a congressman, or blame changing climate conditions on anyone or
Of course, if you did, you'd become quite wealthy by virtue of running a successful business that provided something useful. OWS would show up and
ran-sack your house and rob your bank. That is if you could avoid getting regulated out of existence by Congress. God knows, they'd have a
conniption fit over all of the new materials and technologies I would use in building such homes (that are not commonly used for building homes;
perfectly safe and sensible - just not standard or in one of their books of good/bad/pork).