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Sunday, July 29, 2007

C&L Does Peak Oil!


Great to see this. Go read Mark Groubert [emphases mine]:
Just so you understand what we’re up against.

If we hybridized every stinking car on the road today, we would still be consuming the same amount of gasoline as we are now in just 5-7 years. With each year demand grows enormously. With no end in sight.
The alternative fuels everyone has been jabbering about lately don’t cut it. If you added all the alternative fuel sources up, that is if they were even ready and functioning at massive levels, it wouldn’t even make a dent in the loss of oil.

Oil is that cheap.


"We pay more for a bottle of drinking water than we do for a gallon of gasoline," explains David L. Goodstein, professor of physics at the California Institute of Technology.

If you went nuclear alone, we would need 10,000 new nuclear plants immediately and then the damn uranium would run out in 10 years anyway. Unless you’re France. Their entire country is powered by nuclear power. Just watch were you put the trash, Jacques.

[snip]

Hydrocarbon Man’s days are severely numbered.

Oh, and if you think hydrogen is gonna save you, think about this: It currently takes 3 – 6 gallons of gasoline to make enough hydrogen to drive a car the equivalent distance that one gallon of gasoline would drive it.

Coal? Too dirty. We’ll choke to death. Wind power? Keep blowing. Hydroelectric? Every river is already dammed. Biomass? Too much energy to create it.
[My note: Biomass = Food. Crops for cars? Ahem.]

In fact, the only science that seems to have any chance in hell is solar. How ironic. But there is a catch. A huge catch. It would take a field of solar panels half the size of California to power the country. The sun. Of course. How could we miss it?
Not to mention the unintended consequences of diverting that much solar input from its "natural" deployment, affecting weather patterns, biomass growth (life), etc. (the same goes for wind and hydroelectric, IMO.) No - there is only enough per-annum solar energy input to support 1.5 to perhaps 2 billion human beings (one assumes that would be without automobiles.) We've pumped up to over 6 billion by consuming ancient sunlight.

It is time to pay the piper.

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