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We will NOT find an alternative to energy dense, easily transportable conventional oil in time to sustain indefinate economic growth.

All alternative energies have one or more disadvantages that do not let them compete with cheap conventional oil.

Given our industrial civilization depends on massive amounts of cheap energy, the reliance on conventional oil is enormous.

The only quick solution I see is a drastic downscaling of economic activity.

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    • Feb 15 2013: I briefly researched thorium as an alternative. Looks promising. But I still have reservations about its implementation. My question is what will come first- the thorium reactors in our electric grid or the necessary automobile batteries to have an electric fleet? Current battery technology is not economical or sufficient.
      • Feb 21 2013: Brian: you would probably be interested to know that Thorium LFTRs could solve the automobile problem as well, by synthesizing carbon based liquid fuel ffrom materials already in the atmosphere. I.e., pulling it all out of the atmosphere enables you to burn it as motor fuel without adding to the CO2 load we already have. Carbon neutral ; it would be a big help, and batteries would not be essential.

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