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Thursday, August 05, 2004

The Fuel Dilemma

I don't fully agree with the article on some points. For instance, it is not a given that there is no alternative renewable power source sufficient to provide enough power for the residents of the US-style urban sprawl.

However, while it may not be the case that we are at war for survival, I think we are definitely in a struggle for survival,- the struggle to find new resources, new fuels that would allow us to avoid having the world as we know it come to an end. I fully believe that developing alternative fuel technologies is a matter of life and death, a matter of survival. I believe that here, in the US, we must give it the highest priority, and make as much of an effort to develop the relevant technology as the effort that went into making an atomic weapon during the World War II. Maybe, an even bigger effort is required. That should not stop us for, as Thomas Wheeler correctly observes,
any system based on the use of nonrenewable resources is unsustainable.

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