by Michael Smith (Veshengro)
The US Department of Energy (DOE) sees coal, natural gas, and oil as the “new” fuels in 2040. Sorry, but in which parallel universe precisely do those people reside. Oil is – please note dearest governments – running out and coal and gas are not far behind and that aside from the fact that with the continued use of fossil fuels mankind may not actually see 2040.
The only answers – please note the plural here governments and people – are renewables (and no, not, necessarily biofuels) and the likes of methane gas. In addition to that we need to (1) reduce our energy consumption, and that includes and especially the use of motoring, and (2) the electricity current that we use.
Motoring, as we have known it for the past sixty or so years, is history or, as the Germans would say kaput. And electric cars and vans also will not make it possible for the status quo of motoring to continue. The powers-that-be, however, are not prepared to tell the people this fact and keep coming up with the stupid comments such as the “new” fuels for 2040 which is the old fuels.
It is clear that the USA, in the same way as the UK, want to put their bets and card on shale oil and -gas and hope that it will save the economy and allow for the continuation of business as usual. The problem is that this is at the expense of the environment. They behave, like far too many people around the Planet but especially in the developed world, as if we had another Planet to go to. We don't regardless of what Prof Steven Hawkins is prattling.
Oil, gas and coal are not the way forward into the next decades. They are the way to ecocicde and death for mankind. Time to wake up everyone.