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Old 02-19-2012, 04:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The Energy Future (a Physicist's POV)

http://physics.ucsd.edu/do-the-math/...de-adjustment/

Finally, I found something that puts forth what I've felt for a long time, but with numbers and a rational progression to the position statement that I hadn't. I could have glommed this onto any number of existing threads but I think it deserves it's own.

I found the discussion that followed most intriguing and enlightening as well- might have to bookmark it or set aside quite a bit of time to soak it all in.

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Old 02-19-2012, 06:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I will read this thoroughly later today. Thanks for posting!
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I thought the article rather meaningless. The author has an even bigger ego then I do, and that is saying something........
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Old 02-19-2012, 10:49 AM   #4 (permalink)
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We could make it if we try. Probably won't try.
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I like his sense of humor.

We apparently all need parents. ^^


EDIT: One bit that stuck with me was his statement about capitalism and democracy.
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Good find. Very good writeup and I agree with him
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Nice blog. It's going in my bookmarks.

I love this previous post of his:

http://physics.ucsd.edu/do-the-math/...l-perspective/

Which yields this pretty little graph:


For those who believe that cartels have full control of oil and that there is still much more than we need... a graph illustrating how even high prices and demand fail to stimulate higher oil production.

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I've been of this mindset for years, that booming economical and population growth is unsustainable, simply because of the high cost of energy. The only way to maintain growth and prosperity is to drastically cut down on energy use and wastage... difficult in a world where billions of formerly third-class citizens now have the economic clout to pursue the dreams of US-level energy usage in India and China.
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I thought the article rather meaningless. The author has an even bigger ego then I do, and that is saying something........
Did we read the same thing? I saw no egomania; quite the contrary, I saw more balance and willingness to entertain other outcomes than usual.

And I can't think of much that's more meaningful... except maybe football statistics. :/
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We could make it if we try. Probably won't try.
We won't try. It'll be at least the 11th hour before people take it seriously. Maybe 12th or 13 hour.

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