Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Southern Ontario, Canada
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at some point we're all going to have to transition to some other form of energy, and not oil. Until then, we're stuck with it.
I think algae is very promising... altho big oil is definitely against that
And biodiesel from veg sources is great for the near term... altho try finding even B20 around here. You can't. I'd drive B100 all the time if I could buy it. (none of those "winter" wvo hassles, lol)
Alberta's tar sands production is up, and as oil prices go up it gets even more profitable. It's an environmental nightmare in northern alberta... but I'm sure production won't slow down at all over environment concerns... (or get any cleaner, which of course it could)
As for alternative energy like wind and solar... good luck. It's going to be a rough transition to anything other than cheap coal, cheap nat gas, or cheap oil. Ontario has had a "green energy plan" for 4 years, and has offered HUGE incentives for private solar and wind producers (paying 80 cents a kilowatt for solar, when panels are roof mounted). There's an election coming in the fall, and guess what's the BIG issue: the cost of green energy. Everyone talks about how it's unaffordable. Of course paying people 80 cents a kilowatt to produce electricity and the gov't selling the same power for 8 cents sounds crazy. But there's no capital costs to taxpayers for the infastructure, because it's all private capital. So you pay for green, or you pay for new nuclear. But people don't see it that way. They just want cheap, easy to understand stuff. And solar at 80 cents sounds like a giant rip. So a new government comes in and shuts down the green energy programs, and back we go to coal. (of course the election isn't till the fall... but this is where it's headed...)
It's going to be a hard transition from oil. And an expensive one.
'91 F-250 7.3idi XLT Lariat Supercab
Non-Turbo, Bone Stock
E4OD 4x2 4.10 non-posi
6 digit odometer
122,000 miles (197,000km)
still Minty Fresh
Sold my old 90 reg cab @340,000 miles (550,000km)
Still running I'm sure...