Thanks very much for watching the video and commenting. I agree with you that gas and coal are not permanent solutions since they are limited resources, but I do think they provide a good bridge until permanent solutions are found...especially in the US where we have a long ways to go. I see a first step as attaining independence, and gas and coal provide near term bridges as we look for permanent solutions.
Great to know that people like you support Boone Picken's Plan as well.
If you are involved in a company, either in investment or renewable energy, feel free to share the info on the same.
Yes, in answer to your questions RE: ALR, we also reutilize older industrial buildings and revitalize the same. We call this recycling of buildings and land for sustainable growth. I have been involved in the reuse of old warehouse buildings, etc. (former GE, etc.) for
other higher demand uses.
Thank you for your kind support. Switzerland is beautiful. I was there many years ago while in graduate school studies.
Well, let's say that it is not easy to cycle or walk to work, especially here in the east. I'm fortunate to live not far from the hospital where I work. My town is not an easy place to ride my bike to (no bike lanes, drivers in a hurry to get to the next red light)
but I persist. Happy day. Betsy
My roommate at MITRE was a Swiss scientist, a brilliant man of vision and the highest integrity. He and I worked on alternative energy solutions together. His experience at CERN was vital to our analysis of advanced nuclear systems, such as fast and slow breeders, use of thorium fuels, and also optimal fuel cycle analysis and net energy production studies. Dr. Marcel Barbier and I also presented the results of our work in advanced energy systems to large crowds of scientists and engineers in Paris, Rome, and many places abroad back in the '70's.
I only mention Marcel to you since he is Swiss. I trust that you may have much to offer the world, too. I am happy to be a friend.
Thanks for the note. While I appreciate Al Gore's plan, there is no way I can vote for Obama (I am a conservative republican). Hopefully, the Republicans will step up. If not, we will have to do everything we can do as citizens to make the plan work. Have a great rest of the long weekend!
Q Do I have a plan for ending oil imports in 5 years? possibly, yes
My work is in the calculation stage. Data from US DOT shows travel statistics, data from Energy Information Agency shows fuel use and refining. Other info on car miles driven, average auto efficiency are part of the spreadsheet model.
The calculations create scenarios that reduce gasoline consumption by 50% to start. Still much more work is needed but that is the approach.
Key sources of less gasoline use are more riders per vehicle (van pools, car pools, internet secured trip merging groups to "compress" car use) and designated areas for use by only mini super efficient cars -- no risk of getting smashed by an SUV.
More is in the works but it is not really a plan, it is an estimate of doable reductions.
On the non transportation side, nuclear power must have a fair day to return to promanance given its very good safety record. Wind power must continue to grow but not in a crash program with money as no object.