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It's a distinct possibility that our generation might pass without it managing to extract all of the planet's oil for our own use.  I shudder to think what our grandkids would do with fossil fuels that they have not earned or deserve.  Those are our fossil fuels, and the future generations of moochers and couch warmers need to know that they will be getting none of it.

If future generations want to drive cars, perhaps they should learn how to make them run on mayonnaise or bong water or the bounced checks, all of which they seem to know a lot about.

If you're down with me and my drill baby drill plans, you should like my page on Facebook.

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Remember, if you are more than ten feet away from an oil well, there are not enough of them in America!

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  •  Tip Jar (1+ / 0-)
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    kurt
  •  You're drunk right? (1+ / 0-)
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    VClib

    Is that why?

    Republicans: Taking the country back ... to the 19th century

    by yet another liberal on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 05:03:47 PM PST

  •  nope, here's what happens with peak oil: (1+ / 0-)
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    palantir

    When oil becomes more costly to extract and refine, as compared with other energy sources, the other energy sources take over roles that were once performed by oil and its derivatives.

    The risks associated with peak oil are primarily that energy costs will escalate precipitously, and that there may not be very good substitutes for certain applications.  

    For example automobiles can run on electricity but certain types of trucks and heavy equipment realistically cannot.  Any large civil engineering project (such as rail construction) depends on the use of mobile equipment such as earth scrapers, road graders, hauling units, and concrete mixers, that are not viable to operate on batteries and that can't operate from stationary power supplies.  These types of equipment require fuels with high energy density, low unit weight, and short refueling times.

    Ultimately the limit on oil as an energy source is EROEI:  Energy Return On Energy Invested.  When it takes a barrel's worth of energy to get a barrel of oil out of the ground and into the gas tank, the use of oil as an energy source will grind to a halt.  The use of oil as an industrial feedstock will probably continue past that point until substitutes are developed for every application.  Ultimately synthetic chemistry will take over for all of those applications.  

    So in short, a nasty bumpy road ahead, but that's not the same thing as running into a wall.

    We got the future back.

    by G2geek on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 05:35:13 PM PST

    •  Um, ... (1+ / 0-)
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      chuck utzman

      my company is developing a battery capable of up to 700x greater energy density than anything presently on the market ... or even remotely being contemplated, as far as we can tell.  Current assumptions about battery limitations will be proven obsolete in less than a year.  The only downside is the amount of time it will take to manufacture enough for U.S. needs.

      My personal favorite upside to the technology will be the eventual complete elimination of any need for oil from the Middle East.  Heh.

      "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe." -- Albert Einstein

      by Neuroptimalian on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 08:25:36 PM PST

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      •  Neuroptimalian - that would be great (1+ / 0-)
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        Neuroptimalian

        Inexpensive energy storage is the critical need to expand the use of wind and solar. Please inform our DKOS community when you can about this important technology and when it will be commercially available.

        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 10:38:45 PM PST

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        •  I'd LOVE to be able to talk about it now ... (1+ / 0-)
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          in detail, but can't say much of anything yet in order to protect the IP.  In the meantime, about all I can say is that we expect to begin creation of an advanced prototype in a week or so, then it's a question of how negotiations go with a certain mid-western state which has been pleading with us to bring commercial production there to create jobs.  

          Imagine being able to drive an electric car for 24,000 miles between recharges, laptops and cellphones needing recharging only once a year or so, batteries that literally CAN'T get warm, much less overheat or explode, etc.?  

          There's a lot in the works, and it's soooo frustrating to not be able to say much of anything.  But knowing that a dramatic improvement in our energy future is on the near horizon makes it tolerable.  ; )

          "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe." -- Albert Einstein

          by Neuroptimalian on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 01:26:48 AM PST

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          •  I certainly understand the need to protect the IP (1+ / 0-)
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            Neuroptimalian

            It will become the core value of the company. Just let us know when you can, and it is safe for you and the company. It certainly sounds very exciting! Best of luck to you and all the other people working on this project.

            "let's talk about that"

            by VClib on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 08:08:22 AM PST

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  •  Really neat molecules, hydrocarbons (0+ / 0-)

    There are probably uses yet to even be thought about with all kinds of benefits.

    Burn, baby, burn is so Dark Ages.

    Maybe one day the Fourth Estate will take their jobs seriously. Or not..

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 06:05:06 PM PST

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