How Do We Solve Our Energy Problems?

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    I'm all for all forms of energy. As for controversial forms such as nuclear energy, it's up to the insurance companies to sort out "dangerous" sources. If it's too dangerous, then it will be too expensive to ensure.

    If subsidies were removed, then the market will naturally correct itself.
     
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    "Subsidies" is a term that most often refers to the practice of the government taking less revenues from a company when they have no business taking any revenues in the first place.

    No... removing "subsidies" would kill investment.
     
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    I see. Are you lobbying for more subsidies for solar, wind, and geothermal?
     
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    :lol:

    You have your niche, I have mine.
     
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    None of which can solve our problems. They can give us some more options for sure and in areas they happen to be available they can help with electricity.
     
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    The only real long term solution is fusion power. We need program like the Space Race to shorten the projected 40-50 year timeline to a working system. Tell your representitives that's where we should be concentrating more of our research money. For more info go to:

    ITER - the way to new energy OR

    Department of Energy - Fusion
     
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    To clarify, WHAT energy problems are you referring to? Has someone denied you electrical service to your house? Told you they wouldn't allow you to fill up the tank on your car? Stopped natural gas from flowing to your hot water tank or furnace?
     
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    Forget Geothermal -- It's a very dirty and actually NOT renewable mining operation with worse enviromental aspects than extracting nat gas or coal.. The wells DO cool out and corrode everything man put into them. And there's a circle of death around any of these operations with chances of blow-outs and toxic fumes and waste water. But it's GREEN!!!!! So it's Okee-DOkee...

    Hydrogen could serve as a storage buffer for EXCESSIVE generation of wind and solar. Worth a shot. It is also a "transfer mechanism" to the transportation fuel problem which is distinct from the electrical grid.

    But nuclear remains the best choice for reliable no-CO2 generation. A home can be powered for a year with only 0.7 ounce of waste. SURELY, we can handle that magnitude with recycling or disposal.

    Trick question --- What's the 1/2 life of Mercury from those CFL bulbs or Lithium from batteries when it is put into landfill?

    Energy needs to be CHEAP and PLENTIFUL. Two things that mutually complement each other. The eco-left wants energy to be RARE and EXPENSIVE because it is a proxy for economic growth.. When you stress conservation and reduction to the point that they have.. === You can only get to RARE and EXPENSIVE...
     
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    Cheap and plentiful energy won't be a reality until we develop a fusion power system. No amount of drilling, conservation or alternative energy is going to get us out of the hole and pregressing into the future without it. Tell you representives we need to earmark more money for research. For more info go to:

    ITER - the way to new energy OR

    Department of Energy - Fusion
     

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