Sunday Reader Poll On Energy

23 Oct

7 Responses to “Sunday Reader Poll On Energy”

  1. Russell October 23, 2011 at 5:10 pm #

    Not only will we never achieve full energy independence, it wouldn’t matter if we did. Oil is traded globally. It is produced by global companies. What Americans pay for oil will be determined on the global market, even if most or all of what we use originates here. The profits from what we pay to BP (British Petroleum) or Royal Dutch Shell or goes to their shareholders throughout the world. And similarly, oil produced abroad profits American shareholders. Those who think energy independence is somehow critical don’t appreciate capitalism.

    • Sheril Kirshenbaum October 23, 2011 at 6:01 pm #

      A few years ago, I would have agreed. However, recent developments in natural gas (i.e. shale and tar sands) may change our dependence away from foreign sources far more than expected.

      Also, having spent last week discussing capitalism and energy independence with industry and policy leaders, I can assure you that you’re wrong on the last point.

  2. Sheril Kirshenbaum October 23, 2011 at 6:15 pm #

    I should have included another category on the original survey – Changes in energy use per capita in developing countries.

  3. mike rogera October 23, 2011 at 8:38 pm #

    Did you intentionaly bury the BIG one in ‘other’ ? — Overpopulation ?

  4. Ralf October 23, 2011 at 9:05 pm #

    A couple of years ago I would have voted #2 too but that train has left the station.
    Now it’s about resilience in an age that will be characterized by a shrinking economy due to the rising cost of energy and a chaotic environment due to global warming on top of that. Conservation and becoming local, robust and sustainable will have to be the top priorities.
    Local energy sources will not be able to replace cheap oil – they’re too expensive to produce.
    I’m firmly in the doomer camp now – must have followed Guy McPherson and George Mobus too much.

  5. StevoR October 24, 2011 at 2:19 am #

    All of the above surely? Why isn’t there a button for that?

    Also note that these problems are interrelated. Reducing our carbon dioxide and other Greenhouse gas emissions to mitigate Human Induced Rapid Global Overheating (HIRGO) will also help prepare us for the inevitable Peak Oil situation and wean us off foreign oil dependence and ocean acidification of course is a consequence of HIRGO too. We not only *can* but *must* take action on all of these issues simultaneously nd there’s a considerable amount of overlap between them. (Plus the Overpopulation crisis too.)

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