Friday, July 11, 2008

It's Not Either/Or...

$4 gasoline in the US will drive a lot of change, even in the US Congress. Amidst all the political hem-hawing of this election year, it does look like representatives are more open to drilling and to alternative power. Joseph Petrowkski gives advice to both the Republicans and the Democrats on a both/and strategy, rather than squabbling about an either/or direction.

The demand for electricity isn't going down, either. So we need creative ideas on alternatives.

T.Boone Pickens has some big ideas about building up wind power to replace the use of natural gas-powered electric plants, and then converting cars to run on natural gas. This would, in my opinion, be a nice complement to electric cars, even if batteries can be made more efficient.

I'd like to see more nuclear plants for electricity, but we'll need something else to be operating sooner; it takes 15-20 years or more to build a nuclear power plant and make it operational.

Update: my friend B.R. sent me this article advocating using mass production techniques (and likely employing many laid-off auto workers and others with these skills) to build modularized nuclear power plants in just 40 months.

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