American's use less oil per unit of output then most countries. By international standards we are neither a major energy waster or energy conserver (per unit of output).
You gonna be kidding me..! Our per capita use of oil is immense!
The irony of the story is: My father is an engineer and has worked in alternative research. He said that if the nations had invested the same amount of money in alternative energy research as we did in nuclear power and modernization of oil, gas and etc plants, it would have been very likely that we were not dependent on these resources.. People: there is so much natural energy everywhere
! Take the sun, wind, waves, water, heat in the soil etc etc etc... ! We just researched in the wrong areas, often due to military interests and lobbys behind (oil lobby and their alliance with car and plane manufactures)... it is correct, what Robert says:
It all starts with you. Blow some more insulation and install an attic fan and you will cut your AC bill by half.
I live in Germany again, and here the entire alternative energy concepts are so revolutionalized.. Germany is having a leading position. On my parents house, my father has built a government sponsored solar cell plant. The German concept is in the process of being completely decentralized.
At the same time, I have to point out that the return to nuclear energy is the most unsensible idea one can have. Germany has made a law in consensus with the manufactures of energy to step out of nuclear energy. It is not only dangerous, but the problem his how to store the nuclear waste (10.000 years till Urans 1/2 radiation is gone)... it is dangerous, and there are many problems behind.. let's hope that research in alternative energies goes on. And to repeat: it is a good point to rethink the own consumption habits..
By the way, alternative energy research and engineering is a growing market and a good concept for sustainable development! There are a lot of projects going on, but not enough
Being independent of energy resources would be a great step, and it is feasible (and would be a good solvation of the MEA
Middle East Airlines (Lebanon)">ME crisis
) . But everyone has to contribute - you will save a lot of money on the long term, really
I am realizing this myself... The problem is that the people in power are not really interested in starting with the steps towards that.. there is a s---y lobby behind..
I hope I could have some influence with these thoughts on everyones' energy using habits!
MIA's steps to reduce foreign dependence on oil:
1. Vote Democrat ticket for the presidency on November 2nd.
2. Nationalize Oil Holdings in America (thats the only wya to get oil corporations OUT of the picture).
3. Use the profits from this new Nationalized oil to truly invest in alternative fuels research.
4. Use the profits to encourage, if not force automobile manufacturers to put out fuel efficient vehicles, like more turbo diesel powered vehicles, hybrid vehicles, etc.
5. Use the profits to build a green public transportation system within urban areas.
Mia, make a cross in your calendar.. I agree with you 100 %!! Really
"The earth provides enough resources for everyone's need, but not for some people's greed." (Gandhi)