President Obama on Wednesday made his most urgent appeal yet for the nation to wean itself from oil, calling it a “fuel of the past’’ and demanding that the United States broaden its approach to energy.
“We can place our bets on the fuel of the past or we can place our bets on American know-how and American ingenuity and the American workers just like the ones right here,’’
Originally posted by dakota1s2
reply to post by dbates
No....Actually getting oil from the earth is a lot easier than once was.
Originally posted by amraks
I was under the impression they are telling us it harder to find now, so they can slug the prices up more.
Originally posted by hangedman13
The problem I see with the idea of alternative fuels is that we will see the creation of a beast as bad if not worse than big oil. Are we going to repeat the mistakes of the past with the alternatives? More then likely I suspect. Tax breaks to get them going, then they will get more money thrown at them whenever they make a "breakthrough". Some years down the line will we be bemoaning big wind ??? We all know how politicians like throwing money at things.
Originally posted by newcovenant
reply to post by dbates
I applaud you for touching on this heated (no pun intended) subject. It is just that the topic of oil and fossil fuels is so steeped in controversy lately. You might as well say I'm in favor of "health care" as admit to being an 'environmentalist' or a 'realist' these days. Consider sustainability of the planet - and you are quickly labeled a left wing liberal eco-nut and attacked.
Now it is oil. I am waiting for someone to tell us we have to conserve water.
That's coming for the grandkids. They don't want to be "alarmists" though.
And they'd rather deal with it crisis by crisis.
I already know about The 2% -
That's how much of the planets water is drinkable.
And yet oil companies (this is how powerful they are) are fracking in mountains spoiling what little fresh water there is. Getting rights by buying some local politician. Can you say trickle down? It is more like piss on us. This shouldn't be legal without unanimous or great majority approval in a mandatory vote of locals including the children who will inherit the land. Voters are so often left out and major decisions are determined based on stunned silence of a constituency, even when their input is essential to their own best interests. People used to think everyone was on their side and so now they operate with a false expectation of honesty, integrity and fair play.
Those days are gone with the wind.
Gone is any alluded promise of clean air and fresh water.
We simply can't (will not) do it. Hell, we won't even say it.
edit on 8-3-2012 by newcovenant because: (no reason given)
China is effectively the monopoly supplier of rare earth elements in the world today. It became the dominant supplier by producing and supplying rare earths in the 1990s and early 2000s at a price western producers could not compete. As a result China, in 2010, produced an estimated 95% of global rare earth element output, or approximately 118,900 tonnes.
Chinese demand for rare earths has also continued to rise with organic growth for current applications and new applications have been found for many of the elements and in 2010 was 60% of the global total, or 72,500 tonnes. This is expected to rise to 117,500 tonnes by 2014. At the same time, China’s supply of rare earths is expected to fall. The Ministry of Land and Resources has a 2011 mining quota of only 93,800 tonnes. Although actual output in 2011 is expected to be higher as a result of illegal mining, this is expected to continue to decline as a source of supply in future years as the Chinese government is actively taking steps to eradicate it