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Princeton says energy-dense slew of renewable and fossil resources could solve the nation's fuel shortages

Sources: AIChE Journal, Princeton University





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RE: Let's just use oil
By twhittet on 12/7/2012 1:35:38 PM , Rating: 2
Why find a cure for cancer now when we could be using that money today for problems I'm facing today?

Why not just spend all of our money today while we're at it? Who cares about tomorrow.


RE: Let's just use oil
By ebakke on 12/7/2012 1:53:19 PM , Rating: 2
What??

Many people suffer from cancer today. I'm advocating not wasting money on an alternative-oil today when people are suffering from other things today.

I have absolutely no idea what you're advocating.


RE: Let's just use oil
By Rukkian on 12/7/2012 4:12:38 PM , Rating: 2
I guess where I find flaw in your argument, is it is kind of a chicken and egg thing. You say we should not invest until it financially makes sense, but it will never make financial success until the research is done. If we wait 30 years to begin the research, then it will be 30 years from then.

We can't just bury our heads in the sand and hope all the problems will go away. If you had, instead said we should wait until we have lower our deficit, and maybe dropped the debt, then maybe I would understand and partially agree.


RE: Let's just use oil
By ebakke on 12/7/2012 4:50:57 PM , Rating: 2
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I guess where I find flaw in your argument, is it is kind of a chicken and egg thing. You say we should not invest until it financially makes sense, but it will never make financial success until the research is done. If we wait 30 years to begin the research, then it will be 30 years from then.
Again, I don't expect this to be a "flip of the switch" type transition. It's going to be gradual. Natural gas cheapens, so we burn more of that. Gas prices rise, so people buy more fuel efficient cars. Gas prices rise and companies invest in better/faster battery storage and charging technologies. An oil spill takes place, and people say "Gee, I'd rather spend my money on _______ instead. I think that's better." It's a gradual thing that will happen on its own, if left to. It's not like we suddenly one day stopped riding horses and all drove cars.

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We can't just bury our heads in the sand and hope all the problems will go away. If you had, instead said we should wait until we have lower our deficit, and maybe dropped the debt, then maybe I would understand and partially agree.
I don't think the government has any place in our energy consumption. Period. How much or little debt we have is irrelevant to this issue. It's also important, don't get me wrong. But even if we had no debt, a roaring economy, and record gov't revenues I still wouldn't think we should be spending money on this technology.


RE: Let's just use oil
By Rukkian on 12/7/2012 4:58:17 PM , Rating: 2
Unless you are saying we should not be investing in any technology, then again you are calling for winners and losers sponsored by the government.

I think money should be spent on things like this. I am not just talking about green energy, but on technical research in numerous fields to keep us ahead of other nations, and not an also ran in the super powers.


RE: Let's just use oil
By ebakke on 12/7/2012 5:16:25 PM , Rating: 2
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Unless you are saying we should not be investing in any technology
I'm absolutely saying we shouldn't be investing in any technology. And by "we" I mean, us collectively, through governmental action. I would consider making an exception for a specific defensive military need. Maybe.
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I think money should be spent on things like this.
And that's totally cool. Go for it! Donate your money to whatever causes you deem worthy. Donate to the National Science Foundation. Or to one of the national labs. Or buy the products of whatever company is innovating and you want to support. Or keep your money. Whatever!

The distinguishing factor for me is that you and I are able to make those decisions based on our own free will, and they're not made for us by 65M other people. Or probably more accurately, by the 537 federally elected representatives.


RE: Let's just use oil
By Jeffk464 on 12/7/2012 5:11:49 PM , Rating: 2
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Why not just spend all of our money today while we're at it? Who cares about tomorrow.


Lol, we are doing one better than that. We are spending tomorrow's money today.


RE: Let's just use oil
By ebakke on 12/7/2012 5:18:22 PM , Rating: 2
Ha! Well played.


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