I honestly don't know why people are so afraid of Nuclear power. A couple dozen nuclear plants in america would be far more than enough to power a nation on fully electric cars.
I like to die with the songs I love stuck in my head. I hope to make the most of these hollow bones we become.
I raise a toast to the the souls that sang all along. I've been gathering friends to just to make some sounds,
before the ship goes down, I've been making amends by making the rounds before the whole world ends
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Malthaus unfortunately forgot one little thing that changed everything. Technology namely.
Originally Posted by damienangelico
yep, oil companies really have taken advantage of the price boom :P
Originally Posted by StealDragon
I'll not say they are for something for the declaration of war by the USA against Irak, but i'm not far from thinking it...
oil is so convenient, and oil companies so powerful (let's not forget that :P) that the development of alternatives was more considered as a joke than anything else, and pressure was used to kill these developments in their early days... We could also blame all the big, heavy American cars which didn't help to ameliorate things, and idem for the European SUV owners who use these crappy cars for no reason except perhaps boasting (though i don't find them cool at all)...
Originally Posted by Saizou
our current standard of living is too big (in western countries, and America particularly), so of course we will have to adapt to a "lesser" one sooner or later..
Originally Posted by DE
ps : i think electric cars (through fuel cells by example) are the future too (along with other alternatives to a lesser extent... there won't be a monopoly any more as the oil one has been for decades), and it isn't necessarily more expensive than oil !!!
By example La Poste (the French postal service) has been considering for some years to abandon its many oil cars for electric ones in towns, and will soon do it if the experiments are conclusive (<= and it is for economical reasons mainly, not just for the sake of it)
In general electric cars are way more effective and cheaper in towns than oil ones, and furthermore don't pollute, so it's only a matter of time for them to get a good part of the market ^^
Hybrid cars will become way more prevalent too, and Asian car makers will dominate the market because they have shown to be less stupid for some time.
One short term reason why demand will exceed supply is because the oil companies have been threatening to decrease their investment in new oil exploration, drilling platforms, and refinining facilities...as a direct response to the push for alternatives to the dependance on fossil fuels. Their logic, why should they make costly investments intended to increase the supply of oil and availability of gasoline in a situation where people are pushing for a greater reliance on alternative fules, more fuel efficient cars, hybrid cars, etc., that are intended to decrease the demand for fossil fuels.
They won't allow their precious high profit margin to slip by making investments that might be unnecessary, nor will they risk creating a situation where the supply of oil exceeds demand and produce a drop in the record high price of oil. From the standpoint of their financial bottom line, it's always better to engineer an artificial shortage rather than a surplus.
water-fueled cars are now in ^^
people have known that fossil fuel is gonna run out sooner or later. they just thought that they won't live long enough to see it.
I don't really get why...it's not like the hydrogen is free, electrolysis is an energy intensive process, all fuel cells do is convert and package the energy into a uniform and manageable form.
Originally Posted by StealDragon
There are a couple people in my town that drive cars modified to run on blocks and blocks of AA batteries.
But, I live in California.