reply to post by WeRpeons
Oh, I got the point of your thread; the problem is that your point is an exercise in futility. "What if" does nothing unless someone puts it to the
test. How many threads like this will it take to develop a machine that can recycle different materials in one operation? Answer: infinity
Now, how many people actually researching, innovating, and experimenting does it take to develop such a machine. Answer: unknown.
I'll take unknown over infinity any day.
The problem with your reasoning is clearly a conservative outlook on government. Government can do good things that can benefit humanity. If
you think corporations have our best interest over greed and profit, you're fooling yourself. The statements you made in your response clearly show
your conservative way of thinking.
So now we are going to inject political philosophy into this discussion?
Name one government that has ever improved anything. Governments exist as a necessary evil. No government invented the laser, or the cell phone, or
wifi, or the television. Wanna bring up the internet? DARPA invented it, yes, but as a restricted medium. It took people to make it into what it is
Large corporations aren't a bastion of good will, either, but at least they do create something. But really, what they create is the result of
individuals. So no, I do not place my faith in governments, and I do not place my faith in corporations either; I place my faith in people
I would like you to be one of those people who can make a difference.
When you have a corporate monopoly on energy, what incentives or motivations do these companies have to put themselves out of
None. But people do have that incentive.
There are several clean new energy sources being researched today which include, solar, wind, hydrogen, kinetic, biomass, hydro, geothermal,
magnetic, just to name a few. Technologies have to be developed and enhanced to improve their usefulness. The more time focused on developing new
forms of energy the greater the chance for improved technology.
- Solar energy does not have the ability to provide sufficient power
except in isolated low-power applications and is extremely expensive.
- Wind has proven to be a wonderful source, but cannot handle all the needs of a growing society. Like hydro before it, however, it actually makes a
good dent in power requirements.
- Hydrogen is an energy storage vehicle, not energy production. When someone finds a way to make hydrogen for less energy than it produces, I'll eat
those words. Until then, I won't.
- Kinetic energy creation? Kinetic energy is simply the energy of motion.
- Biomass energy works, like solar, works well in certain limited applications. The output is too slow to allow for large-scale production.
- Hydro works great..... how many rivers do we have left that do not already have dams? Precious few.
- Geothermal works wonderfully in rural settings where there is enough earth mass to produce energy. I actually have plans to use it for climate
control in my home and shop.
- Magnetic energy production? How? Thus far no one has been able to use magnetism alone to produce energy.
- I'm going to add wave energy since you didn't. Wave energy is, IMO, one of the most promising technologies undergoing development.
true that more time spent on research increases the chance of a breakthrough, but why are you trying to get governments, who have a reputation for
wasting resources on politician's pet projects, to put in that time? Wouldn't it be better if people put that time in?
So since we "don't" have the technology to fix our problems today, lets just throw in the towel and say it can't be done.
Is that what you think I am saying? I am saying it can be done, but not by letting politicians do it. We need engineers, scientists, experimenters,
and critical thinkers. We need people willing to do something other than complain about how the most self-serving entities on the planet should be
trusted solely with improving the lives of people they obviously care nothing about.
I'm saying you
can do it, but not by trusting others.