We have a long way to go before we will be free of oil dependence. In the automotive industry, we are taking baby steps by improving combustion technology. However, the world needs a huge leap, and none of the current ideas on the table seem that promising.
Let your voice be heard - FILL THIS OUT and SEND it ! We OPPOSE offshore oil exploration on the East Coast of the United States!! Esp in the Mid-Atlantic region! !
I know a guy that's high up in the electricity game. He was talking about an idea they had where the big electric company would come and install solar panels on your roof for free and let you keep the savings. The only catch was that you had to more or less give them an easement to your roof. It wouldn't work in all areas but if they could cover large areas the savings could be significant. Another downfall is with the present technology the panels need complete sunlight over the whole panel. If there are consistent shadows or the panels aren't clean they lose efficiency and break down faster so you might have to cut some trees.
If you look at it with the same mindset as the pro-vaccine (not brain dead) folks it is a way that everyone can work together to improve the situation. With that being said, it's hard to break free once you're in that deep.
"Don't blame me, I voted for Obama-Texaco, not BP Global Romney"
The best reply ever. Both parties are for sale
You could voluntarily do all these things. Eat veg. Sell your car. Forego that surf trip. Don't buy that new board/wetsuit. You're not a slave to anything but your own desires, and those corporate "masters" you talk about, are just profiteering off of your self-indulgence.
I'm not telling you to do all this, I'm telling you that the environmental destruction is yours and you need to own up to it. I drive to work. I run a computer. I eat meat a few times a week. So I can't shake my fist at those oil platforms or curse BP when I step on a tar ball, either.
I agree that we should petition our representatives for better energy sources, but like the Engineers will tell you; it doesn't come free, and it doesn't happen overnight. If you want all-electric, all-solar, you're going to have to face power bills that are 10X higher. You're going to have to live with a lightweight vehicle with poor range and cargo capacity, and convince all your friends of the same.
A while ago, a floating nuclear reactor was proposed. Predictably, enviro-nuts went crazy, complaining about danger to the environment from such a risky idea.Quote:
Nuclear energy is the most efficient and clean source for this country. It just seems to have too many safety issues.
Thing is... there are already hundreds of floating nuclear reactors operating on and under every ocean in the world, and they have been for 50+ years without a major incident, courtesy of the US Navy.