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Why the process to switch to alternative energies is so slow?

We all know that the actual forms of energy producing are getting obsolete every minute. Carbon, Oil, etc.. are fossil energy sources and are not renewable. So we all know that oil wells will be depleted in a mid range future, the same goes with carbon.
My point is that instead of investing effort in ways to stretch the lifespan of the actual energy sources why not switch into an effort to get into the already known ways to produce energy, like wind, sun, and ethanol type fuels

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    Jan 29 2012: Because we come from a logic driven linear thinking background and expect that new energy sources and initiatives will come from the big old energy suppliers. Linear logic also makes good alternate energy ideas to be presented in 'energy conferences", where the big energy giants buy out all the very promising patents and then they can relegate them to the last page of priorities and show them in their social balance sheet as small investments and sincere efforts.
    I think if we keep uploading a million you tube videos a data, share billions of photos, and a billion people want to skype and interact through social media and email round the clock for FREE , then the power required to run the Google and Apple servers will be greater than factories. THESE companies must be fast approaching as the largest power consumers. I sincerely believe since they are the users who do and could make more money then energy giants, then FIRST for their own sake they will be the source of hope. Their unique business models that keep giving away what we need free and cheap, then THEY WILL BE the ones we should push and expect amazing usage of alternate energies. It is important to know that in the linear era the biggest profit was always made when an essential commodity or service was used by millions of fragmented individuals. We know millions of individuals have no economic lobby. The BIGGEST CHANGE will therefore be within the mindset. IN cahoots with governments the over control by these energy giants has convinced us over decades that we are dealing with energy which we believe is very scarce and so we pay higher and higher sums. The new age industry as consumer base their entire business logic on HUGE numbers as a minimal base to create a business. They will approach alternate energies in a different way. So lets all watch out for announcements from Google, Microsoft, Apple and likes within the IT industry. Lets Forget expecting it from energy companies or through Government.
  • Jan 28 2012: corporate control of government, corporate profits in companies with vested interests in the current sources of energy.....stuff like that.
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    Jan 26 2012: .
    I think that at some point its crossed everyones mind that corporate lobbying (maintaining the highest profits for the oil industry by financially coaxing the government to base legislation around/for them) has played a significant role in holding renewable energy back and will continue to do so until the last drop of oil has been depleted.

    Here are Americas latest energy subsidies which do nothing but validate this idea:

    Renewable fuels...... : $6 Billion
    Ethanol .................... : $6 Billion
    Coal...........................: $8 Billion
    Nuclear......................: $9 Billion
    Oil and Gas................:$41 Billion
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    Feb 26 2012: Renewable is more expensive currently.

    Sure invest in making renewable more cost effective but this should compete fairly with development of non renewable.

    Also the costs of non renewable will increase. So time is on your side.

    As for the CO2 global warming issue - see my first point and perhaps reflect on human nature.

    If politicians thought renewable would win them votes or donations we would see more investment.

    Suggest renewable tech is all going to end up being made in China anyway.

    Suggest we can also do plenty to reduce energy consumption from a consumer point of view. Don't buy anything made from aluminium, public transport or walk, buy less stuff, better and smaller home design, eat less meat, less children etc.

    Consume less - but this conflicts with the growth economic model. Guess we will all consume less if we get poorer and have no jobs.

    Must be a balance somehow.