Re: Energy and "the Clash of Civilizations" -- a policy thought problem

Date: Sat Sep 29 2001 - 14:00:12 MDT

In a message dated 9/29/2001 1:39:44 PM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

<< The most straightforward way to shift US away from oil use would probably
 to impose a major tax on oil products used as fuel. Tax to be phased in over
 several years to give the economy time to adjust. Proceeds used to fund
 research into other types of energy. (oil use by sector is, from highest to
 lowest--industrial, transportation, commercial, residential). >>

This might be the most sensible way forward. I would focus on specific areas
of public finanacing, as a national goal, in areas such as heavy oil
production, coal into gasoline, natural gas into gasoline, and a heavy
national focus in both transportation and small scale use of fuel cells, fuel
cells,fuel cells! Unless hydrogen production by renewable resources appears
technologically, imminent, we produce from fossil fuels like natural gas and
then coal.

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