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March 15th, 2011 1 comment

To whom it may concern.

My thoughts on the current state of energy consumption and generation in the USA and other developed parts of the world.

Current energy usage both in the USA and other parts of the world cannot be maintained. We are dependent upon dirty sources of fuel to generate electricity as well as directly fuel our vehicles. We, as a nation as well as a portion of the world population need to both reduce our use of “dirty” fuels as well as develop other sources of energy production. I have a few ideas that I want to share.

First, our vehicles currently use gasoline to generate heat. Heat is directly converted to the rotation of a drive wheel that in turn moves our vehicles. There have been many great strides in increasing the efficiency of the gasoline powered vehicle. Today one can purchase a gasoline driven car that can ferry its passengers more than 30 miles on less than one gallon of fuel. Compared to 30 years ago this is nearly double the efficiency. But, efficiency alone cannot reduce the use of fuel enough to enable us to maintain our current consumption of so-called “fossil” fuels. While current estimates vary the internal combustion engine is a rather inefficient way to convert fuel to motion. Read more…

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