I know we are going to need a real innovative nearly free renewable source of energy in the distant future. in the meantime, I think we could relatively simply get off oil, and I mean totally off it, in 20 years. According to T Boone Pickins, who was on morning Joe this morning, we have enough natural gas to supply the energy demans of the USA for 200 Years, now I don't know if thats at current usage level, or if Nat'l Gas was the sole supplier of energy, but to put into perspective how much we have RIGHT NOW, with no further exploration or drilling for wells, he said it is the equivalent of 2X the energy Saudi Arabia has in oil energy.
Now add to that , Bloom Energy has developed a fuel cell that DOUBLES the amount of energy recoverable from natural gas as opposed to burning it and you just DOUBLED that energy supply. so 400 years, 4X the Saudi oil reserves, whatever you want to call it and it's much cleaner than oil. The lines are already run all throughout the country, if you put bloom boxes everywhere, it would stabilize and decentralize the electricity grid. there would be millions of power plants supporting the grid instead of hundreds or a few thousand.
That increased electrical security will also lower the costs, not to mention, the shorter distance for delivery would increase the efficiency due to less transmission line losses. You will be picking up your electricity from your neighborhood or your city instead of from someplace in the county, or even a few counties over, Hell most of NY cities energy is coming from fucking canada.
So what are the downsides to Natty Gas? It's cleaner, it's on our soil, with the bloom boxes already up and running (just waiting for mass production to cheapen the actual boxes) our Electrical grid could become super cheap and efficient and reliable in the next 10 years, within that time, more and more hybrids will be purchased, and even straight up electrical cars will be coming out. The 10 years after that you will see MOST vehicles go to straight electric as electricity will be dirt cheap compared to oil and you will literally be able to operate an electrical vehicle hundreds of miles for the cost of driving a gas powered vehicle a few miles.
What does everyone think?