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richard moody jr

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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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    Nov 21 2012: I am no where near your level of expertise on solar and inventing energy grid systems(at the moment) but what I have done is buy myself a smaller solar unit for charging cell phones ect. I will have it in my workplace......I see hundreds of people a month...everyone will touch,and hold this thing,so it will become part of their experienced world...I am under no illusion that this is enough...but untill energy is a concept that one imagines you can own personally...people are not able to be emotional and resilient about things that seem abstracted... What about taking one building in each city and as an instilation project ...take it off the grid to prove it can be done....other then religion..most people need visual proof in order to start an idea self propagating .

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