View Poll Results: What will be energy source 50 yrs from now?

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  • Oil

    1 2.50%
  • Natural Gas

    2 5.00%
  • Coal

    1 2.50%
  • Mix of fossil fuels

    2 5.00%
  • Biomass / ethanol / grown

    4 10.00%
  • Solar

    4 10.00%
  • Wind

    0 0%
  • Nuclear

    9 22.50%
  • Nuclear Fusion

    11 27.50%
  • Chuck Norris slowly eating a banana

    6 15.00%
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    Re: What is the energy of the future (50 years)

    Nuclear energy is already a viable option -- if done properly (the Navy has been using it safely for over 50 years).

    Coal, oil will be the primary source through at least the next 50+ years, unquestionably (unless certain circle's attempt to sabotage it are successful).

    Nuclear fusion as others have noted is certainly the holy grail of energy, but I'd doubtful we'll see anything viable in the next 50 years, though you never know.

    Hydroelectric is viable on a limited scale, and always can be.

    Geothermal, same as hydro, limited scale, serious technological difficulties.

    Solar, same as hydro, but much more limited scale, though of broader use on very small scales. Will always be relatively very expensive inasmuch as the panels don't last but 5 - 10 years max.

    Chuck Norris slowly munching on a banana? Obviously better than wind power, but at his age, how long can we rely on him to save us? Personally, I think bovine flatulence (not on the list, unfortunately) is more viable though.
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    Re: What is the energy of the future (50 years)

    Quote Originally Posted by EdwinWillers View Post
    Chuck Norris slowly munching on a banana? Obviously better than wind power, but at his age, how long can we rely on him to save us? Personally, I think bovine flatulence (not on the list, unfortunately) is more viable though.
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    Re: What is the energy of the future (50 years)

    My best answer is that it's up in the air right now and so "Chuck Norris slowly eating a banana". Everything has it's pro and con column and have trade offs so I think a varied mix of current technologies though improved, I've heard of theories involving improved solar harvesting using various bacterial processes to farm energy, battery improvements, more efficient fossil fuel consumption, hydrogen, and even magnetic engine experiments.
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    Re: What is the energy of the future (50 years)

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    Not even death can beat chuck norris?
    Chuck Norris actually died a few years ago, death has still been trying to work up the nerve to tell him.
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    Re: What is the energy of the future (50 years)

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    Not even death can beat chuck norris?
    LOL - proof positive the banana is a miracle fruit.
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    Re: What is the energy of the future (50 years)

    Quote Originally Posted by LaMidRighter View Post
    Chuck Norris actually died a few years ago, death has still been trying to work up the nerve to tell him.
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    Re: What is the energy of the future (50 years)

    Quote Originally Posted by cpgrad08 View Post
    in the next 50 years we will see the rise of Nuclear Energy again.
    I really hope so. I'm worried that the 'nuclear renaissance' has been stabbed in the back by anti-nuclear agitators and a woeful lack of education on nuclear power. Initially I didn't think Fukashima would have much of an impact given both the economics/energy demand for many industrializing countries in tandem with the ostensible carbon goals of many European states. However the headlong Franco-German plunge into decommissioning nuclear facilities, the pressure in Britain to cancel or hamstring the development of the proposed new plants has left me less hopeful. The United States has shifted emphasis because of the gas glut and the seemingly permanent obstacles that regulators, legislators, and attorneys put in the way of new plants despite the token few that have been approved. China and India don't seem like they are planning on shifting gears anytime soon have both seen the emergence of anti-nuclear movements for the first time. Don't get me started on Japan's suicidal path.

    I hope that circumstances will be so overwhelming that the obvious benefits of nuclear power can smash up ill-founded opposition but history seems to tell us we should keep our hopes modest. =/

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    Re: What is the energy of the future (50 years)

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    One potential issue that comes to mind is...earthquakes.

    Or, hell, floods.

    Windstorms would be much less of an issue, for obvious reasons.
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    Re: What is the energy of the future (50 years)

    Until all the energy companies die off we will not have a new energy welcomed. Anything that could threaten the current technology has either been bought out and terminated or has been kept quiet.
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    Re: What is the energy of the future (50 years)

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    I expect some interesting difficulties would arise for structure that far underground.


    Frankly one of the things I am interested in when it comes to buildings is tech that allows them to be more self-sufficient, not requiring as much power, etc.
    Water is one of the main difficulties I read about.

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