Sunday, May 9, 2010

Fossil Fuels at What Cost

As the extent of the environmental damage from the destroyed oil rig in the Gulf becomes worse with every passing day, will there be enough impact on the country for people to finally realize that oil really is a bad solution?  Forget global warming, that's an issue that people can't grasp properly.  Address pollution.  Imagine a world where cities don't have yellow-orange haze hanging over them in summer.  Imagine a world where parking lots don't have the rainbow sheen of petroleum on them after a spring rain.  Imagine you can't hear cars rumbling past your house even if it's built right next to the highway.  Solar power generation would certainly seem to be a safer alternative to deep sea drilling.  It's even possible the removal of the strategic oil need could change the dynamic of war and terrorism in the Middle East.

In today's advanced society, energy storage is the single most important technology.  A breakthrough that could compete with heavy, toxic, expensive chemical batteries really would change the world.  But so would ending the polluting reign of oil.  But you have to be willing to pay for change.  Are you?  Am I?

No comments: