Re: alternatives to big oil and if they can be allowed to happen....

From: Spike Jones (
Date: Wed Feb 02 2000 - 21:33:41 MST

Stirling Westrup wrote:

> The ultimate problem with solar power is that there isn't enough of it. I've
> seen projections in which the planet's power needs by 2050 will be such that a
> band of 100% efficient solar cells 10 miles wide and wrapping the whole equator
> will not give enough power...

However, these projections assume a continuation of the comically
wasteful way in which we use power today, simply because we
have so much of it, free, just waiting to be pumped out of the ground.
If energy were to cost more, we might get a little smarter about its use,
but in the meantime, what argument could I offer my humvee driving
neighbor as to why this is not a good thing? spike

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