Kicking the can down the road is used to demonstrate the cause of
todays economic woes.
Why not do it with our enviroment, coal fired power blitz to create
jobs and promote the use of eletric cars and heat . Just about any
material thing in our lives has been effected by energy.
Cheap and plentiful will pull us out of the slump we are in and
provide the necessary capital for alternatives later. There is a way
to become more globally competitive and the added cost of
manufacturing would be greatly reduced. When the deficit is so great
that we will be handcuffed
in the future lets right the ship then begin to bail the water.
On 3/12/11 3:03 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Five years might be enough time to develop (but probably not implement)
incremental change to existing coal technology - meaning that at the end
of the five year period we might know how to make a small improvement
but still have the same situation we have today.
OTOH, we already have other technologies available that hold promise for
very much larger improvements - which could be widely implemented in
that same five year period.
I'm not an economist too, but that shouldn't prevent either of us from
exerting ourselves to produce new solutions. Opinions aren't a bad
thing, but they don't count for much until they can be reduced to practice.
I think you give up much too easily (and perhaps accept too readily the
statements of those who might hope to profit from delaying developments
as long as possible). :)
That may be true, since government monies are controlled by individuals
who have been well-served by the status quo. Perhaps it's time to
consider alternate sourcing of the requisite resources...
Perhaps - but that's not what I intend. My preference is for you to
expand your vision - to shift your focus from what can't be done and to
encourage you to consider that practical solutions to energy problems
might not only be possible, but might actually be within reach.
Let's not confuse economics with technology. :)
The monies won't be available until you learn how to write a
persuasive grant application. I lived off Federal R&D funding for many
years, beginning as an undergrad in college.