I apologize for the lack of posting; I’m frantically trying to get my projects done in time for the end of the semester. After that, I’ll have a good deal to say. In the meantime, you can get a snapshot by checking out my comment on Glen Barry’s post where he rightfully dismisses current biofuel production approaches. Unfortunately he has little to offer beyond the “keep the darkies from breeding and turn out the lights” theme that has been unwisely promulgated for the last thirty years by ecologists.
While I understand that extremely serious problems lead people to propose drastic solutions, every time I hear this argument it sounds like a sanctimonious relative hectoring people for their scandalous enjoyment (energy consumption) and filthy minds (reproduction).
When are people going to realize that telling people to stop fucking and raising children is a sure-fire way to be ignored, or worse, have your very real concerns dismissed?
And can we please knock off this more-eco-than-thou crap where we try to convince people they need to stop [insert energy-using-activity here]? The problem is not energy. You would think that ecologists, of all people, would realize that (practically) all power comes from the Sun, and that it’s going to keep pumping out billions of times more watts than we can possibly use for the next five billion years.
Yes, we currently utilize the Sun’s energy in the most catastrophically stupid manner imaginable, but the problem is the means, not the end. Drive around in your HumScalade all you want- just don’t fuel it with the bones of our ancestors. Sheesh.