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High transportation costs, high costs of conversion, significant ecological costs, relatively low energy density per unit of mass.

Conservation

No up-front costs, immediate marginal savings, anybody can do it, doesn't cost to convert (in fact in saves), no ecological costs (in fact, it saves), savings in energy per unit of mass directly proportional to oil/natural gas/coal not used.

And that's another option.


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by cskendrick (cs ke nd ri c k @h ot m ail dot c om) on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 07:22:30 AM EST
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Conservation only makes is cheaper for the hogs. One should use the savings from conservation to finance conversion into something else, too.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 07:25:21 AM EST
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An important topic, and one addressed in the diary. :)

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by cskendrick (cs ke nd ri c k @h ot m ail dot c om) on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 09:09:48 AM EST
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Sorry, I missed the "Massive Update".

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 09:17:16 AM EST
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I'm not arguing for a coal economy, more suggesting that (unless Gore is the next US president) there's likely to be only marginal interest in both conservation and renewables for at least the next decade or three.

Coal may turn out to be a CYA option, at least up to a point.

From where I am the only intelligent option is massive development of renewables and an equally massive retooling of the economy towards a huge energy downshift.

Politically though, I don't see much chance of that happening.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 09:34:47 AM EST
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Waiting for leaders to lead is a waste of time.

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by cskendrick (cs ke nd ri c k @h ot m ail dot c om) on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 10:58:15 AM EST
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