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May 17, 2010

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kr

Jeff, try "The Long Emergency" sometime if you haven't... Similar deal, there are really no viable alternatives to fossil fuels, and when they run out... It's going to be tough for our kids and grandkids.

http://www.amazon.com/Long-Emergency-Converging-Catastrophes-Twenty-First/dp/0802142494/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1274112702&sr=1-1

Jeffrey McMahon

KR, my friend read The Long Emergency and he was impressed with it. I need to read it.

Jesse Menn

California's Prop 16 certainly isn't going to help but... I think moving to full sustainability will not happen without a large restructuring of the way we live starting with a complete overhaul of traditional middle-class values and lifestyles. That being said, I still think we should continue moving toward that goal, even while realizing it's near-impossibility. Maybe starting at making armchair environmentalism something more along the lines of getting solar panels installed and going toward CCAs than installing CFLs would be a good first step, even if that means ignoring the lower classes and impoverished.

Jeffrey McMahon

Jesse, I agree with you, for after all, apathy and nihilism aren't viable alternatives. But what you call "middle class," I call reptilian and I don't know how effectively I can engineer the reptilian hardwiring in the masses. As an elitist, I am trying though.

brandon

I think solar energy is where its at. More than enough energy from the sun reaches the earth every day to completely meet the world's energy needs, and the sun is everywhere. I'm somewhat shocked that we haven't yet figured out a way to more efficiently harness solar power.

kr

takes fossil fuels to build the solar panels, windmills, dams, etc... no free lunch in physics, really.

a piece of charcoal supposedly is 9 years worth of solar energy stored in a fern.

Jesse Menn

KR hit it on the head I think (and I'm by no means in the Solar PV system manufacturing industry, so I could be far off), but making and distributing those systems still uses energy.

I'm convinced that energy is the ultimate environmental issue, and the hardest one to solve.

Mike W

Jeff, I'm pleasantly surprised to see you reviewing Robert Bryce.

I was just reading his "Energy Tribune" site a couple of hours ago, and speaking of the 'Halo Effect', that's among these cognitive bias I was reading about a few minute ago :

http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2010/05/the-field-guide-to-cognitive-biases/

IMO, the trouble with Bryce is he's realistic, and that's largely taboo in the public discourse on energy, as it was in the 70's.

My favorite Bryce line is, "If only we could turn bulls**t into energy."

Mike W

...bias(es)...

Angelo

I'm all for development of "alternative" energy sources, starting with the U.S. embracing nuclear power. It's time that we give the wackos who were traumatized by Jane Fonda in "The China Syndrome" some valium---and let them rest for a while---while the rest of us roll our sleeves up and get serious about this. We should have a goal of breaking ground on about 30 or more nuclear plants across the U.S. in the next 10 years---and since it won't happen under this White House/Congress, let's make it a goal of the next 12 years, conceding that nothing will be done in the next two.
Aside from using nuclear, we should be drilling for more oil in Alaska and offshore and we must realize that with progress, we'll have accidents and we must be better prepared to deal with them---but let's not use the current spill and one that happened over a decade ago to stop us from drilling for oil. We also need to continue to mine coal and burn it. While we're doing all of this, wind and solar should be researched and invested in----by the free market, not by my taxes. I have shares of the Powershares ETF "Wilderhill Clean Energy Portfolio" and as an investor, I hope they succeed in finding successful companies who will lead the way in new, cleaner energy. That's where the money should come from----my investments, not my taxes. I don't want Washington forking over billions of dollars in an effort to pick the winners---and reward people who supported their elections. This is too important for a slush fund approach. We need to explore for all the fossil fuels we're currently using while we invest in developing the "cleaner" energy everyone talks about. As well, we need to recognize how clean and amazingly efficient nuclear is.

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