*Disclaimer* This is not a political discussion, but one about energy and a NEED to not only be energy independent, and the need to increase the use of alternative energy in North America to make that happen.
Good. Now that I have said that, there are a ton of energy options out there for several different applications. I don’t understand many of them, but I know that there are ways to get energy from tidal changes, wind, water, nuclear, solar, coal, natural gas, oil, geo thermal, bio fuels, hydrogen, and several other ways.
But how practical are some of the alternative energy fuels? I would love to fill up a on something other than traditional gas from oil, but there are so few options out there. My car does not run on E-85 and I hear that it is not as good as regular gas because it causes build up in the combustion chamber and lowers my mpg and increases the price of corn.
I would also be in full support of installing solar panels on my house and changing to a geo-thermal heating and cooling system, but both are so damn expensive. If I pay for them out of pocket it would likely not be cost effective because I would have to conduct serious maintenance or replacement of parts of the system before I am able to recoup my upfront costs.
I don’t like the idea of continuing to use oil for everything, but with modern refinement processes and extraction practice we have more than enough, but we still have record high gas prices. I also hear that there are ways to liquefy natural gas to be used the same way that we use regular gasoline today. But what kind of cost would it be?
What are your thoughts on alternative energy? Do you use alternative energy in your day to day lives? Do you have any ideas on how to make alternative energy more competitive with the oil market? Do you have any ideas on how to get it so that the costs low enough for the value to be worth it?