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  1. People seem totally different today than they did in the 20th century. It's as if I can plainly see evolution in action. It's as if the human species has turned into some weird creatures. Instead of presenting oneself like a well-dressed, well-groomed, proper-speaking, polite and educated lady or a gentleman, we have become a culture that looks, sounds, smells and acts like homeless bums, stupid idiots, zombies, winos, circus freaks, degenerates, convicts, gangsters, mentally retarded folks and bikers.
  2. Thank you, Mr. S. My worries about future lubrication are now over! The future worries me over lots of things, but you've solved the long-term future of lubing guns and door hinges! I use Vaseline (petroleum-based) for my hemorrhoids. You must have future sore behinds covered too!
  3. I meant to say HIGH SCHOOL teacher for my JUNIOR year, 11th grade. Sorry for the misunderstanding. Mr. Saint, my physics teacher in 1980, claimed in class that hydrogen-powered automobiles would be used someday. I was just curious as to what in THEORY could be used in place of petroleum products altogether for the purposes of machine lubrication and medicine. It is not a doomsday prediction on my part. I don't see how man will be able to continue to use crude oil on planet Earth for any purposes much longer unless he soon reduces crude oil use to strictly non-fuel purposes as oil for lubrication and medicine. There might be enough crude oil left for man to harvest for lubrication and medicine only for many thousands of years to come if not until the day the sun burns out. I am concerned about man's ability to continue to function on planet Earth with the availbilty of machinery (in terms of both lubrication and energy for the said machinery) until: he becomes extinct altogether, the planet Earth is ended by nature (or man himself) as a place for man to even inhabit, the sun burns out, man somehow moves to some other habitible planet to possibly screw up as he did Earth, whichever comes first. Does anybody here predict how much longer the planet Earth will even be habitable for the human species? I read somewhere that sun still has about another 5 billion years left. Perhaps, man will have evolved into something else before then.
  4. What could be used in its place entirely for the lubrication of automobiles (presumably electric) and other machinery? How will we ever lubricate things like door hinges, locks, motor bearings, guns, sewing machines and fishing reels whenever crude oil becomes available no more for man's use someday? What can be used in place of petroleum products for medicine? Is there a good non-petroleum alternative to Vaseline petroleum jelly? In 1981, Mr. Thompson, my junior high school English teacher in Woodside, California lectured in class that man should find petroleum alternatives for powering automobiles even way back then. He said the remainder of crude oil in the earth (that man could feasibly harvest) should be reserved for lubrication purposes.
  5. I want the RICH to pay for all the public goodies the common people use like baby-butt-smooth roads, sound bridges, sewers, clean running water, dams, sanitation, locks, levees and flood control. The public works should be funded by the fat cats. Think of how this would stimulate the jobs economy by employing all those hard hats.
  6. I live in a tax-credits subsidized apartment for seniors built in 2022. There is an exhaust fan in the bathroom already which runs constantly. No switch to shut the damned thing off. I can't modify all this crap on this rented property. Iowa does not strike me as one of the more sophisticated parts of America in nutshell. I was raised and educated in California's San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from high school there in 1982. My apologies. Somebody got me started here on that. I was provoked. Anyway, there are 8+ some billion people on this entire globe. I'm but one individual. There is not much I can do or say at age 60 that is going to make much difference. Perhaps, I should stop worrying about the energy future of the world and other pressing issues. The hand of fate has it in for all of us. What will be, will be and what can we do about it? If I could start all over again young, I think I would have liked to have pursued a career in civil engineering, ecology and/or some occupation concerned with "safe, practical and green energy" as fossil fuels alternatives. I say possibly civil engineering because the roads in states like Iowa, Oklahoma, Wyoming, Texas and Colorado are horribly bumpy as a motorist and I like roads that are smooth as a baby's bottom. America needs glass-smooth city streets and highways. Our infrastructure is embarrassingly primitive.
  7. Ignorance persists in red states and states whose number one industry is agriculture if not insurance. In Polk County, Iowa, the seat of which is the state capital, Des Moines, there is not a single PUBLIC college or university, ironically, since this is the most populated metro area of the state. About every hospital and every private college or university here is under some "Christian" guise. Many men here wear mustache-less beards like Amish. Women here often have the girth of milk cows. There are more so-called "churches" and "kingdom halls" here than public schools and supermarkets combined. The most exciting thing here ever is thunderstorms and local storm sirens warning of tornadoes.
  8. Why is my home state of Iowa so high for energy costs according to the chart above? There is a ton of wind here and the state is carpeted with cornfields wall to wall. I don't use natural gas here. Home heating for me comes off the electric grid. According to this link, Iowa has the 12th lowest residential electric rate of the states at 11.85 cents per KWH. California is damned near 30 cents per KWH, OUCH! Electricity Rates by State (July 2024) (usatoday.com) Since it is summertime in Iowa, Midamerica Energy is actually charging me 13.72 cents per KWH out of pocket as a residential customer when I add all the tax and crap on the bill total. Summer rates go up considerably along with fossil fuels prices. My electric bill for December was only $82. The lowest it has been since was $65. It was $109 something on June 3 and $129.01 on July 3. Iowa has high humidity this time of year and I am forced to run the dehumidifier along with the air conditioner in my bedroom. The dehumidifier, with a Freon compressor inside, sucks up about 550 watts. Iowa and Georgia are tied at 15th place for states with lowest gasoline prices at $3.31/gallon. I use 10% Ethanol grade. California is a horrible $4.79/gallon. U.S. gasoline prices by state 2024 | Statista
  9. I'm not here to analyze anything. I'm no energy expert. I'm throwing out ideas onto the open table to see what YOU all think of them. The real solution might be to combine the number of energy sources we have available. Oh, I did throw out sea wave power above. If people are dying from starvation, perhaps we need less people on earth to begin with. Once we figure out how much clean/renewable energy, clean water and food we can produce in a practical manner that is not substantially environmentally harmful and is long-term sustainable/renewable, then we can probably figure out what a healthy world population is from there on. You can't feed thousands of people with a single fish regardless of what the bible says otherwise. My grandfather's wise words before his death were, "Nothing is for nothing." Everything comes with a price. We have to determine the overall scalability of producing clean/green energy. Proposition: could we one day soon produce all the world electricity we ever need in all practicality with one third solar, one third wind and one third combined tidal/river power each and every method making their own contribution to the sum total energy pot of gold? I took nuclear off the table because it's poisonous and uranium is finite as a fuel source. We could also produce biofuels to a level that is feasible too, that is not make so much that it deprives us and our livestock of food.
  10. No, but we can use fuels from corn to power jet planes, or even, steam locomotives, however. WOOD COULD STILL BE BURNED IN STEAM LOCOMOTIVES. People still burn wood inside homes for wintertime heat. Coal is a finite resource unlike wood harvested from trees. Corn crops are also renewable. I'm not trying to mock any form of energy. I'm trying to find a practical approach to the issues. People should be practical about things. The best energy bets for the future might be: solar, wind, waterpower (hydroelectric) and biofuels in no particular order. Biological energy is still employed to some extent: animals as horses, mules, humans, dogs and oxen are still used to do work: manual labor. That is the whole point of energy in the first place, to accomplish work. PS - Please don't forget the ocean which covers 70% of our planet! The sea's waves are rich with future kilowatt-hour possibilities! The ocean is the last frontier on earth for clean energy.
  11. Everybody thought the horse and the steam locomotive was the peak of travel perfection until crude oil and internal combustion was discovered. Time to reinvent the energy wheel again. I would favor biofuels for aviation use. The first steam locomotives ran off wood, not coal or oil. Wood is a biofuel man has used since he first made a fire for camp or cooking 1000's of years ago.
  12. I wish mankind would have some serious Energy Master Plan for the Future if he hasn't already.
  13. What I am looking for is for the answer to the question: How can Man best use and manage energy from this day onward into the future? If you were to have YOUR way, how would our species use and manage energy? It sounds like energy is one of those things that involve many compromises. As far as wind and solar go, can't the electricity produced from these be stored in batteries for those times the wind is not blowing and the sun is not shining? I made the squirrel remark to be sarcastic.
  14. Well, I've heard people bad-mouth electric automobiles too. What are we going to use to charge them one day without fossil fuels involved anywhere in the energy chain? Nukes? Wind? Solar? Hydroelectric? Sea tides? Biofuels including wood? Hydrogen? A squirrel running in a squirrel cage to charge the batteries? If I were to buy an electric car in Iowa right now and plug it in at home, the power to charge it would be off the local grid which has generators run by fossil fuels. There is no place to plug in an electric automobile in my apartment complex anyway. I have an all-gas-powered '95 Toyota Corolla which gets 30 MPG highway still. The purchase price of an EV is out of the question for me. I use 10% Ethanol at the pump. 15% will ruin the fuel lines. My fears aren't that we need more fossil fuels. My fears WERE that fossil fuels won't last forever. My fears are that there might not ever be any fossil fuels alternatives that are feasible. Modern industrial society will someday fold. It's back the bible life of shepherds again, maybe? Every alternative to fossil fuels put on the open table for discussion is going to be criticized by some people. There are many naysayers.
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