There’s a recent petition making it’s rounds on the net, titling itself as “Demand Clean Energy”, relating the action to the attack on the gulf. People have been jumping all over this in light of the gulf disaster. Signing it, posting and re-posting to their facebooks, twitters, email lists and so forth.
But what exactly is “clean energy”? It sounds nice. Seems like it should make sense. But specifically what is supposed to suddenly stop all the drilling and allow us to power ourselves without petroleum?
Unfortunately reality doesn’t have anything to do with good intentions. When asked by most people what they believe the clean energy being proposed is, likely you will hear the stock alternative energy responses: Solar, wind, etc.
Why is it that people are still unaware that NONE of the stock clean energy alternatives, and NO combinations of the stock alternatives will be able to run what we are running now from oil?
It simply won’t work.
And this is old news. It’s been mentioned time and again from experts over the better part of the last decade. Yet the belief still exists that these will somehow work on large massive scales, that we have the time and resources to make this mass “flip of the switch” transition, and if we do it then in a few years we will all be driving around in electric cars.
This is how behind everyone is. Lacking in specifics and putting it all under a vague and unrealistic umbrella of “clean energy”.
It’s time to get real, get honest, and get specific. Start waking up to the realities of what won’t work on a massive scale, and the technologies that do actually have the potential to work on an enormous scale, and deserve the investment, willpower and push for immediate developments.
Yes, demand clean energy but be specific about it. Demand cold fusion now.