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  1. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, 3 months ago

    Pretty good illustration for some regions indeed, just like oil reservoirs that are empty in many areas of the world, or where production has declined by “only” 90%. But, those mountaintops in the ’toon, are misrepresentative, ’cause the industry is flattening those too!

  2. Enoki

    Enoki said, 3 months ago

    The US and Canada alone are awash in oil and natural gas. New techniques allow recovery of what was once not economically producible.
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    On the other hand, solar and wind can be demonstrated to not be viable means of large scale energy production even at several times the cost of other means.
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    Nuclear and hydrogen have the most potential for cheap clean energy but of course, the Environmental nutters of the Left are too ignorant and obtuse to see that.

  3. jonesb

    jonesb said, 3 months ago

    Thorium.

  4. echoraven

    echoraven said, 3 months ago

    @Enoki

    “On the other hand, solar and wind can be demonstrated to not be viable means of large scale energy production even at several times the cost of other means.”
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    As implementation rises, so will innovations and costs will decrease.

  5. louieglutz

    louieglutz said, 3 months ago

    what innovations are going to stomp out the NIMBYs?

  6. 38lowell

    38lowell said, 3 months ago

    China will take all we can produce!!

  7. churchillwasright

    churchillwasright said, 3 months ago

    Based on U.S. coal production for 2011, the U.S. estimated recoverable coal reserves represent enough coal to last 236 years. However, EIA projects in the most recent Annual Energy Outlook (April 2013) that U.S. coal production will increase at about 0.2% per year for the period 2011-2040. If that growth rate continues into the future, U.S. estimated recoverable coal reserves would be exhausted in about 194 years if no new reserves are added.

    US Energy Information Administration dot gov

    Of course, the National Geological Survey has been saying we’ve reached peak oil, and that we only had a 20 year supply in the ground, since the 1920s. Even earlier, in the 1800s.

    Myth of Peak Oil

    Demise of the Peak Oil Theory

  8. TripleAxel

    TripleAxel said, 3 months ago

    As churchillwasright indicates, this cartoon is incredibly inaccurate. Coal is incredibly abundant in the United States.

  9. Zuhlamon

    Zuhlamon said, 3 months ago

    Fine. Coal is incredibly abundant. So is Plutonium. And where is the point of no return, when the runaway greenhouse effect takes hold? What will we say to our grandchildren besides “Oops, my bad” when they have to deal with the cost and devastation of global climate change, with all the political, military, and economic chaos that ensues?
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    Oh? It won’t happen? And you know this because… ?
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    (crickets)

  10. TripleAxel

    TripleAxel said, 3 months ago

    We would not reach the “point of no return, where the runaway greenhouse effect takes hold” if we burned all of the coal in the world and every other available hydrocarbon. Remember how all of that carbon got into the ground in the first place.

  11. Zuhlamon

    Zuhlamon said, 3 months ago

    @TripleAxel

    All that carbon got into the ground because it did not rot. We are digging it up and burning it, now, at the rate of billions of tons per year. Where do you think it goes? An increase of CO2 from 3 parts per million to 6 parts per million is more than the planet can absorb.

  12. TripleAxel

    TripleAxel said, 3 months ago

    @Zuhlamon

    Where was the carbon before it got into the plants that eventually turned into coal?

  13. TripleAxel

    TripleAxel said, 3 months ago

    @Zuhlamon

    And why weren’t we suffering from a runaway greenhouse effect back then?

  14. Zuhlamon

    Zuhlamon said, 3 months ago

    @TripleAxel

    This was discussed in episode 12 of Cosmos . Tell ya what, google “cosmos carbon ground” and check it out.

  15. churchillwasright
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