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How can America wean itself from fossil fuels when fossil fuels are so cheap?

America is supposedly the leader of the free world. What was the primary message during the presidential campaign? Energy independence, not the environment. We will continue to sacrifice our legacy, our natural resources that might better be left to subsequent generations rather than accept higher energy costs now that renewables, until now, can't supply economically (at least not without a carbon tax).

As long as our politicians can make campaign promises based on the cost of a gallon of gas, don't expect any negative news about the environment to make headlines.

While President Obama extols the virtue of clean natural gas, I live in rural Schoharie County which is ripe for fracking for natural gas. Never mind that it is a bucolic, pastoral part of nature. It has vast reservers of natural gas so, following President Obama's desire, it will soon be an industrial park and all the tourists who used to come here for our natural beauty will go elsewhere.

When you look at the cost of natural gas in America, it is about the fifth the cost of natural gas in Europe. Guess what? America is going to become the World's leader in natural gas exports. The "good" news is that natural gas has only half the carbon foot print of coal (we have billions of tons of coal to export to Asia---and there has been a massive ad blitz promoting "clean" coal).

Unless there is someone like a Randall Mills who can make low-energy nuclear reactions economic, fossil fuels are our albatross.


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    The fact that they show nuetrons being "synthesized" to create isotopes of hydrogen to create this heat, radically changes everything from cosmology and astronomy, to chemistry and physics. Even entropy and conservation are back on the table.
    All cosmic abundances and stellar synthesis theory is radically changed, and the lithium problem takes on a whole new character. This is actually pretty cool in the planetary science field tho, it allows for the differences in isotropic concentrations in asteroid and planetary materials, without having to invoke racetracks in disc accreation theories.

    This is alchemy with pulsed DC, and will change materials science, and completely empower 3D printing , because of the ease of creating elemental powders and allowing the backyard tinkerer to play with super cool stuff like iridium and indium., and any alloy they can dream up.

    If the whole key to creating gold from copper is just hooking it up to a battery charger with a de-sulphation circuit, the people clamboring for a gold standard are a little behind the curve.



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