Saturday, December 22, 2007

Running On Empty

Fourmilog: None Dare Call It Reason has a review up of the book Energy Victory. It is all about how making our vehicles easier to use with various liquid fuels would get us off our dependence on imported oil. Here is the money quote:

Here we have an optimistic, pragmatic, and open-ended view of the human prospect. The post-petroleum era could be launched on a global scale by a single act of the U.S. Congress which would cost U.S. taxpayers nothing and have negligible drag on the domestic or world economy. The technologies required date mostly from the 19th century and are entirely mature today, and the global future advocated has already been prototyped in a large, economically and socially diverse country, with stunning success. Perhaps people in the second half of the 21st century will regard present-day prophets of “peak oil” and “global warming” as quaint as the doomsayers who foresaw the end of civilisation when firewood supplies were exhausted, just years before coal mines began to fuel the industrial revolution.
We are very far from running out of energy resources. And if this can be made to work: Bussard Fusion Reactor we will be good for the next 10,000 years at least.

H/T Instapundit.

Cross Posted at Classical Values

1 comment:

J carlton said...

Simon:
I don't think we are going to wait for government mandates for flex fuel vehicles. On Friday I was driving behind a GM SUV that had Flex Fuel Vehicle as tag. So at least GM is already selling FFV's. CNG is also an option. The problem is energy to make the methanol or ethanol which of course IEC fusion goes a long way toward solving.