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interesting article on capital costs for changing the electric grid
« on: July 30, 2008, 06:53:31 AM »

http://www.reason.com/news/show/127793.html

over 10 years, the massive changes that could be made with effectively 8-10% of the GDP are staggering. keep in mind we export about the same % of GDP for oil purchases at the current price.
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Re: interesting article on capital costs for changing the electric grid
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2008, 06:55:49 AM »

 Devil seems like a bargain compared to what we've poured into eerak.
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Re: interesting article on capital costs for changing the electric grid
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Re: interesting article on capital costs for changing the electric grid
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2008, 09:14:51 AM »

Gotta get the cars and trucks too...

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One other issue: Just how does using renewable sources of energy to generate electricity free us from dependence on foreign oil when only a tiny bit of crude is burned to produce electricity? The vast majority of petroleum is turned into transportation fuels, while home heating accounts for around two percent of total U.S. petroleum consumption.


If we do not attack the vehicle problem as well, it would largely be a failure.

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Re: interesting article on capital costs for changing the electric grid
« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2008, 09:58:52 AM »

I have to agree with hobbit here, what is the breakdown of power plants by type of fuel? I didn't know there was any oil burning power plants. I guess maybe the fuel saved from digging up the coal?
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« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2008, 10:01:06 AM »

Why aren't we pushing for more cars to run on propane?

All of the forklifts do already.
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