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Fossil Fuels v. Alternative Energy in the U.S.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

New York Times reporter Elisabeth Rosenthal looks at how much the United States really needs fossil fuels like oil and gas and whether alternative, clean energy from wind, the sun, and the water will ever be able to compete with fossil fuels to provide our energy needs. Her article “Life After Oil and Gas,” was published in the Sunday Review section of the Times.

 

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Comments [5]

J. Singmaster, III, PH.D. from Fremont, CA, USA

Ms Rosenthal's article is kind of behind the times as we are entering the forever HYDROGEN AGE, Hydrogen being the cleanest fuel of all. In Science, the magazine of Amer. Assc. for Advancement of Sci., Dec. 7, 2012, pg. 1321-4, an article indicates a robust catalyst using sunlight to split water giving hydrogen. Surprisingly DOE, as yet, has not call attention to this development that will soon be eliminating any need for fossil or nuclear energy. The much hooted fusion energy project should be closed down as we can not be getting extra energy trapped in atoms released when we are having superstorms caused by our overloading of energy already onto Earth. .J. Singmaster, III, Ph. D. UCDavis, 75, Ret., Environmental Chemist

Apr. 03 2013 03:40 PM
Jf from Idea land

Grow batteries. Electric eel

Mar. 27 2013 01:57 PM
Amy from Manhattan

One objection that's been raised about solar & wind power is that they "don't work" when the sun isn't up or the wind isn't blowing. Are new forms of energy storage (like supercapacitors?) being developed to help w/this?

Mar. 27 2013 01:54 PM
Jessie Henshaw from Way Uptown

The US is actually far more energy independent than it appears. We actually outsource about HALF our energy needs by outsourcing the energy uses our GDP needs from China...!

Mar. 27 2013 01:49 PM
Peg

The fossil fuel industries are not paying for the pollutions they emit. If all those costs were factored in, fossil fuels would be far more expensive. We need a Carbon Credit and Tax system to address this. Perhaps we'll be paying more for energy, but taxpayers will pay less for cleaning our environment.

Mar. 27 2013 12:47 PM

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