I would agree that experimentation with other sources of energy is a good thing. However, subsidizing non competitive sources is not. Let them stand on their own.
Do you realize that of a typical 20 gallon fill up, approximately 10 dollars goes to the cost of the alcohol? Solar and wind energy are similarly subsidized.
BTW, electricity is not a fuel. There are no electricity wells or mines anywhere, electricity is at best only a method of moving energy from one point to another. That it does well. The energy mus be produced from another source.
as for subsidizing emerging technology, energy is a national security issue. so, while it's entirely proper for the market to play a significant role, the issue is too critically important for us to wait for an alternate solution to become economically competitive before it is innovated. our grid should be considered both private and public infrastructure, and should be developed as such. on the innovation side, I'd prefer a NASA-type program to organize the public and private components. it's my opinion that we should set a moonshot date for an alternate transportation energy model. with adequate resources, it could be done in two to three decades, and the technology would be exportable. if we focused, we could effectively make America not only the world's bread basket, but also the world's leader in energy technology. I think that's an intelligent and worthy goal.
At present, the focus seems to be the shove it down our throats approach. Alcohol is mandated, and the cost of alcohol is near twice the price of gasoline. Not to mention the effect of using food for fuel on the price of food. Solar and wind are heavily subsidized, and the subsidy is not research oriented, but geared toward the retail market to make them competitive. There have been comments by those in the administration that 10 buck gasoline is a good thing as that would make alternates cost competitive. Not to me.
200-500 of coal depending on who you ask, but no less
oil for 222 if we had to stop importing tommorow. but coal can be converted, and natural gas is a good substitute in many ways. 1.442 trillion/18,000,000/365
not to mention enough farmland to feed our people and grow our energy in ethanol indefinitely.
and enough desert to cover 1/10th of nevada in solar panels and meet our energy needs indefinitely
Last edited by roflpublican; 11-12-12 at 06:40 PM.