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Sirveri Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-17-09 04:54 AM
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32. Time will tell. But with the current state of US politics I see coal in the future.
If cost efficiency was all that mattered and the ultimate bottom line, this country would have single payer healthcare. Also Bush would have been impeached alongside Cheney and the whole rotten lot. But that isn't the way things work in this country. Right now we have Congress trying to push through a 'public option' plan, which is probably the only thing that might actually cost more than what we have right now. They do all this because they don't really care about what is best for America, but more what is best for the corporations that give them large sums of money and high paying sofa testing jobs after office.

Mark my words, until NYC is flooded out by global warming and we see oil and nat gas get really expensive we won't see any serious investments into renewables. It will be coal, because they have the strongest lobby. Call me a pessimist, I just don't see anything else happening if we continue with business as usual at the federal level. I'd love to have a strong thermal solar and wind based energy infrastructure since those will allow society to actually have a true stable energy supply. Everything else has a hard limit. Even then society will need to see a dramatic change, cars have to go away because hydrogen fuel cells are nothing more than a pipe dream unless they can figure out a way to remove the platinum from them. My long range societal planning view doesn't forsee nuclear, but I do keep it in my short to mid term view simply because of the ammount of available fuel we have for it along with the addition of the thorium fuel cycle being perfected in India. Cost is relative in all things, the base cost is energy. But we're into the peak oil era, so until all of this works out things might just get interesting.
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