From: Dan Fabulich (
Date: Fri Nov 17 2000 - 09:30:51 MST

Matthew Purdon wrote:

> Michael S. Lorrey wrote:
> >As someone who spent a number of years as an energy analyst, developing energy
> >conservation technologies, you don't know what you are talking about. Every
> >trend in resource cost is downward, and availability is upward. Stopy buying
> >the Green lies.
> Michael, I don't think I agree with availability going upward. I currently
> work for a company developing enterprise management solutions for the energy
> market. There has been very little increase in the amount of new power
> plants over the years. With deregulation, there isn't the state guarantees
> that once made it worth investing in energy plants. So now, we are faced
> with increasing energy usage and little increase availability. There are
> continual threats of brownouts, so utility companies are constantly buying
> energy from other parts of the grid. All we seem to be doing is figuring
> out how to distribute what energy we have to where it is needed when it is
> needed. We aren't changing our energy habits or increasing availability.

You have to take his comments in context. What Mike was responding to
was somebody who believed that we're running out of energy because the
Earth is running out of energy, (esp. running out of oil, which many
morons claim will happen w/in the next 20 years!) not because we're
building too few power plants.

Any power plant problem we're having doesn't have to be for the long
run. But running out of oil, if it ever happened, would last forever.


      -unless you love someone-
    -nothing else makes any sense-
           e.e. cummings

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