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Thursday, April 21, 2005

 

The Energy Challenge

Roanoke Times, 4/17/05, Pg H1, H4: Multiple articles on U.S. fossil fuel dependence.
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These are good articles about our very significant energy problem. Their shortfall is the lack of quantifying the magnitude of the problem. Our consumption is huge and most of it is consumer-based-demand. Our strategy has been to exploit cheap energy as a national competitive advantage. With our population growth (about 2+ million a year for the last 50 years) --- US population history data: http://www.demographia.com/db-uspop1900.htm
and the rise of energy consumption by Russia, China, and India a new strategy is required. Reduction in fossil fuel consumption must be a national priority. But like Pogo said: "we have met the enemy, and he is us!".
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Roanoke Times, 4/20/05, Pg Va 8: The worst of all possible energy bills. Long list of energy items that could be changed to improve things, then the punch line: We’re not doing good things because the Republican leadership is bowing to political donors.
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Once again The Editor feels compelled to take cheap political shots about a subject of great complexity and great national importance! Perhaps if Bill Clinton had followed The Editors directions for eight years things would be much better today and we could just continue to do what Bill did.
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The 4/19/05, R.T., Pg A5, article shows that Alternative fuel, ethanol, production doubled (that’s up 100%) during Bush’s first four years, however, producing large quantities of ethanol will directly conflict with food production.
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There are very complex trade-offs for the strategy we choose. Solar energy, wind, hydro-energy, and fuel cells powered by hydrogen obtained from water appear to be good directions based on what we know today, however, there are major technical, business, economic and social changes that will be required. The bridge from today to the future may require building many nuc-plants. Good people all over the world are trying to develop a fuel-cell membrane that lasts reliably for ten years at a reasonable cost. They also are trying to get the hydrogen process in place from water to the users vehicle. Great strides have been made on solar panels but we need to get the size and cost down and the efficiency up.
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The Editor could be helpful by educating folks about the real energy issues and challenges and save the cheap shots for the next election.
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