Posted at 1:53 PM on July 7, 2008
by Julia Schrenkler
"What exactly do we want when it comes to an energy policy? A recent poll shows the public would rather seek new energy sources than significantly cut back on their usage. Are the polls correct?"
At time of writing, there are 49 comments to the blog entry and there's no sign of slowing. Some interesting replies:
My fourth and fifth grade students did a case study about ANWAR and discovered that the oil was a decade away from reaching the market and that the amount of oil was very small compared to what we are using currently. They decided that conservation was a better, more immediate solution. They were able to see a larger picture, even at their young age. But it takes a deeper level of education than the mantra, "Reduce, reuse and recycle" -- we really have to know why we should conserve to help us make that decision when times are difficult. - Posted by Michelle Martin | July 7, 2008 10:42 AM
It's about time the environmental reality (oil is not sustainable) is reflected with an economic one (low gas prices are not sustainable). It's irrelevant whether people change their driving habits out of personal environmental concern or because their pocketbook is hurting; I'm just glad it's finally happening. - Posted by Andy Thompson | July 7, 2008 10:51 AM
I think that an important part of changing our dependence on fossil fuel based energy is due to our current infrastructure. The idea that our energy has to come from one source. For example, our electricity comes from excel's power plants or our gas comes from Shell/BP/etc.
Instead of a centralized ideology, it may be advantageous to spread out our energy production. Lets we want to start using hydrogen to power our cars and don't want to use fossil fuels to create energy and store it in another form, hydrogen. What if we equipped each hydrogen fuel station with a large solar array that was dedicated only to electrolysis to create hydrogen. This would be much more efficient since there is no transportation of costs and no electricity degradation due to power lines. I am aware that solar panels will need to become more efficient to accomplish this but I feel that the decentralization of energy production is an important answer to our problems. - Posted by Brian | July 7, 2008 11:27 AM
Do any of these perspectives mirror - or challenge - yours? Read and comment.