[ExI] EP and Peak oil.
stefano.vaj at gmail.com
Tue Apr 1 12:47:31 UTC 2008
On Mon, Mar 31, 2008 at 10:37 PM, John K Clark <jonkc at att.net> wrote:
> Maybe solar energy could someday make a
> dent in the problem, but the technology just isn't there yet. Right now
> it would take a solar panel the size New Jersey to replace the energy
> dispensed by just 100 gas stations.
I am not sure this is a technological issue. All in all, as real estate
agents are fond of saying, square meters are the only thing that is
impossible to manufacture.
Thus, solar energy is by definition not sustainable, even without taking
into account different kinds of pollution and environmental damage related
to its extensive development. At the limit, they jury may rather still be
out for solar energy collected in space. But I still believe that if fusion
is the way most of energy is produced in the universe, it only makes sense
to engineer the process directly, and on the scale required, for our own
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