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Response to BSlappedInvisibleHan (Reply #60)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 02:25 AM

88. An in the opposite corner,

deteriorating pipelines, refineries bellowing smoke and sometimes breathing fire, cars coughing out poison gases, to say nothing of factories blowing gaseous trash into the air. Lots of infrastructure investment that we will have to make in the relatively near future.

Same for nuclear, and as we see maybe every 15 years, it's just a matter of time until the next Fukushima or Chernobyl.

All the looming costs, and we haven't even started talking about the filthy, coal-burning power plants.

"stick to . . . low cost technologies" that have been proven to have external costs? You mean like asthma in young children who live near freeways, melting glaciers and icebergs, and ever rising sea levels? Sandy and Katrina, droughts and all the extreme weather conditions that are related to global warming?

No. If the true cost of petroleum and coal were known, we wouldn't not burn it. We would use it solely for chemical manufacture and similar very important purposes.

Gas is a different matter. It should be used as little as possible but will be needed to supplement renewable energy until we can store and transmit renewable renergy.

I don't think that oil and gas are priced to reflect the cost they impose on our society and on us. Extraction, refining, marketing and storage are just the initial costs. If those fuels were accurately priced, we would use a lot less of them and the switch to renewable sources. Those renewables would seem quite efficient and economically wise.

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