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Re:Comments on Ecomindium
Thanks for the comments
It is difficult to foretell
the future but as far as I can see, there is no energy source that could
possibly replace oil for any length of time. Oil will greatly go up in price
within 20 years. Natural gas will run out fairly quickly. Coal will exacerbate
Global Warming and requires large amounts of oil to mine. Nuclear is a short
range solution which requires large amounts of oil to construct. In fact nuclear
could turn into a big trap.
Urban Sprawl greatly increases
energy usage by increasing transportation to school, work, church, store, etc.
Single people living alone in 2000 sq ft houses also greatly increase heating
costs/capita. Single drivers commuting large distances to work greatly increase
transport energy. In an energy short economy Sprawl is a
Although I am an advocate of huge spending on
solar and wind, presently they are contributing only .12% of total consumption.
The environmentalists have a model of producing hydrogen from solar cells in the
desert. This will be costly and the whole scheme is so complex that I suspect
that it will never provide energy for the public. Michigan does not have much
wind or solar. Solar and wind work only part time and are not easily storable or
transportable. All conversion processes subtract from the overall
My best guess is that we might get about
10% of present consumption from solar 10% from wind, and 15% from biomass. The
rest must come from doing without. Biomass is easily the most useful energy
because it is storable and transportable. You can make a train run on wood.
Unfortunately, environmentalists see wood energy as a polluter and are not
supporting the mass planting of trees.
of energy do not forget that we need large amounts of it for making steel,
concrete. nitrogen fertilizer, aluminum, glass, and many other materials. These
uses are more important to survival than moving people around in cars or even
keeping them warm in winter. We must keep the capability of making windmills,
solar reflectors, solar collectors, boilers, steam engines, farm machinery,
trains, and glass for greenhouses.
Steve you spoke of air
conditioning. As far as I can see, solar boilers may be the best bet for
electricity and air conditioning in summer. Wood used for electricity,
manufacturing, and heat is the best bet in winter. The first project for desert
solar energy should be an ammonia plant. Without nitrogen fertilizer the whole
country starves to death.
The Ecomindium is a research
vehicle and a symbol of people cooperating together to create a future for their
children. THe first one could be built at the landfill site. All subsidized
housing should be built as ecomindiums. Eventually, I believe that houses must
be torn down to make room for larger buildings which are easier to heat and
which concentrate people so they can bicycle to work. I hope that their
materials can be recycled for the new buildings. The energy cost for all of this
construction will be immense but it has to be done.
Sprawl is death to our civilization. The Energy and Global Warming arguments
should be used to fight it.