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Re: [APD] Solar energy
Vaughn Hopkins wrote:
> Artificially low petrol (gasoline, to us) prices are not our problem.
> There is no government subsidy on gasoline, so it is a near free market
> that sets the prices. It is true that we don't tax fuels as much as
> many countries do, but high taxes on fuel are hardly a "natural" thing.
> Furthermore, there is no evidence that much higher fuel costs would
> reduce our usage of fuel. Our real problem with fuels is that we, the
> people, insist on owning and driving big, heavy, overpowered SUV's and
> light trucks, while avoiding small, lightweight lower powered vehicles.
> Correcting that alone would go far towards solving our problem with
> excessive fuel usage. (I'm not sure what a false standard of living
My two cents. The faster peak oil hits
(http://www.lifeaftertheoilcrash.net), the better. The transitional
pains would be terrible, but it will force innovation. There are other
solutions. One is wave power (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wave_power),
like solar needs research and development. However it's hard for
innovation to be made into a market which has very little in the promise
of profit for large providers. Wave power has that potential, whereas I
don't think solar does.
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