Gas 'n go
“Buying an electric car”
And just how is electricity made? By burning fossil fuels! It won’t “change” anything to go to electric cars. We’ll only increase the use of fossil fuels and line the pockets of electricity companies AND oil companies.
No, the answer (he replied with great sarcasm) is more nuclear plants! We won’t have to use fossil fuels. And, just like Social Security, Medicare and the trillions of dollars deficit, we’ll just pass the problem of nuclear waste along to our progeny to deal with. Or ignore like we have.
“And just how is electricity made? By burning fossil fuels! It won’t “change” anything to go to electric cars. We’ll only increase the use of fossil fuels and line the pockets of electricity companies AND oil companies.”
There are 3 wind farms that I know of in my and adjoining counties and another one has just been approved to be built near town. The company I work for is in the middle of installing its own wind turban at my facility and has already installed solar at other facilities. The cost of residential alternative energy continues to decrease and become more viable to the average person. A coworker recently installed a geo-thermal heating system and is looking at roof top solar.
My point is that motivated companies and home owners can reduce their dependance on fossil fuels and the energy companies.
And how is electricity made?
Up here, it’s made by hydroelectric dams.
^Agreed, pavlov. Though I do question a bit whether the “infernal combustion engine” is absolutely the most efficient. As batteries get lighter…
^ And Edison’s 1870s incandescent light bulb is still the best source of warm, comforting light … except for all the newer, more efficient ones. Keep the status quo! Innovation must be ignored and belittled!
The five stages of death (of the American dream).
Noted yesterday that the bed rail of a “standard” pickup was above the roof line of my “crossover” SUV. Largest load the pickup had probably carried, two bags of groceries, but it was an extended cab sticking out from the diagonal parking space and blocking the street because there was another one on the opposite side of the street. When folks complain about the cost of gas, do they pay ANY attention to conspicuous consumption?? (It’s otherwise known as stupidity.)
Buy hybrid. Buy electric. Buy fuel-efficient. Junk your s.u.v. Junk your Hummer.
In addition, put money into commuter rail and hig-speed rail.
In addition, move closer to work and ride a bicycle, walk, take the bus, or carpool.
In addition, TAX BIG OIL!
Bring back the Chrysler Turbine!
to you Green-Eyeglasses posters…
FACT= less than 3% of US energy is produced by “green” energy sources…..all put together…..wind, water, solar, etc.
Oil companies are investing in “alternatives”….but mass usage of non-fossil fuels is far, far in the future, and no amount of money can create a quick change.
Face Facts, and let people choose from what is available, without DEMONIZING practical choices.
(“How much of our electricity is generated from renewable sources?
Americans used renewable energy sources — water (hydroelectric), wood, biofuels, wind, organic waste, geothermal, and sun — to meet about 8% of our total energy needs, and 10% of total U.S. electricity generation in 2009. Electricity producers consumed 53% of total U.S. renewable energy in 2009 for producing electricity.”)
……the above is copy/paste from a government website on energy….on electricity only…….10% in 2009; on total energy needs, 8% in 2009….but I heard an energy company CEO recently give the 3% total of all energy being from non-fossil fuels for more recent, 2010 or 2011 usage.
^The Law of Conservation of Matter and Energy isn’t limited to thermodynamics. It’s universal to all branches of physics.
But every Randist knows that science is bunk and all they need is faith in the Almighty Free Market to make everything right.
If John Galt did that, Michael, then we see the reason that the book is fiction–indeed, it should be called fantasy. Why didn’t Galt simply design wings, and we could all fly?
No one is yapping at the heels of those driving Hummers, Vortex. We laugh at them for their bleeep envy. Nothing announces one’s feelings of inadequacy more than does driving a Hummer.
“to you Green-Eyeglasses posters…
FACT= less than 3% of US energy is produced by “green” energy sources…..all put together…..wind, water, solar, etc.”
At one point in time, less than 3% of households had indoor plumbing, electricity, telephone service, televisions, internet, and et cetera. Things don’t change overnight, but the DO change. Pop your head into the smoke stack of a coal burning power plant and breath deeply for a few minutes. Then tell us continuing to spew poison into the atmosphere is still a “practical choice.”
I want my 1959 DeSoto and big V-8 back…and the drive-in theatre with my girl friend.
Stuart Carlson and Jerry Resler
April 12, 2017
May 28, 2018