- Not likely its been around forever almost. I have and AM an advocate, I support it, but I also support me driving a new Lambo at nearly a million dollar a copy, however hard for to justify it here on the ranch which is why I drive a F 350 crew cab, long bed, dually…I could not afford the Lambo, but I still like it. Well its the same thing with green. I live on top a hill, face due S and have a good wind, yet I cannot make an economic case for solar and wind as much as I like them, neither can anyone else. THe first time I saw solar I was in love with it and that was a demonstration in school back in the 50’s, yet in 2012 solar panel are only marginally more efficient than they were then. Today NASA grade panels are about 35% efficient, affordable panels about 24% and cheap ones only about 17%.
Wind only works on large scale generating unless its a windmill on a SHALLOW well. My well it as 628 ft and a windmill will not pull that deep
Lets keep hoping for a “breakthru” if and when that happens we can make the move
No not hardly. “peak oil” well we have not hit peak oil yet. Sure oil is finite, so is the sun. We have a solid 100 year supply globally. There are HUGE areas of possible petro that have not even been explored. In fact the possible worlds largest reserves are only sitting a few miles from where I live…MEXICO…No one knows, not even them. But as my buddy a leading consultant in the oil exploration business said: “the oil under Texas does NOT stop at the Rio Grande”. Mexico back in the 30’s passed a law that ALL oil would be state controlled and no outside companies can drill or explore. Mexico has used oil and tourism as its prime source of income and while shallow oil was easy, deep oil is not. Mexico lacks the tech in man or machine to go after deep oil. In fact Mexico just found a field they had to shut down in spite of its BILLIONS and BILLIONS of bbls of oil, because they can drill below about 8000 ft and the law does not allow them to bring in outside companies. I am sure as their oil is drying up sooner or later they will change their laws and go after it…
Its not that folks do not want to buy green, I do and many folks I know do, but reality sets it when the range on an electric car is less than 100 miles, has near zero towing ability and cost more than gas cars that from mid 30’s to the low 50’s mpg.
Now add in the complexity of an electric system AND a gas system. Let me tell you that as an engineer who builds critical systems adding this complexity makes little sense. As my buddy who bought the Prius and just out of warranty had to replace the batteries…$4800 bucks…then I asked him just how much mpg does the car really get and was there a savings? Jack is a retired pilot and keeps a log book on everything. His Prius gets between 37 and 43 mpg, he has over 100k mi on it and its average is 39 mpg, 43 on trips. The $4800 would have bought a LOT of gasoline. The problem is no one has show us the public a full life cycle cost model on these things. All we see are phonied up studies claiming equiv mpg at 99 mpg. Yet feed back from drivers does not reflect this.
I could go into a litnay of reasons why not, but you get the pic, its does not work $$$…
- Our outlook is not just good, in fact its great. We live part of the year in Europe, in fact my wife is over there now. They have and have had for many years small compact diesels that get into the 40’s - 60’s mpg and we are talking about a MB. If I can get it uploaded I will show you a pic of ours…its VERY small. But you cannot buy these over here, the green lobby has kept out the worlds most efficient cars in the US.
The next opportunity is Gas, as in LPG gas. Cars can run on it, have been since the 60 in fleets and its cleaner than gasoline or anything else and we have a 300 year supply.
But the green lobby does not want it and the green lobby is the EXTREME LEFT. The reason why is electric cars provide the govt with ultimate CONTROL over its subjects. They will know EVERYWHERE you go, when you go and most of all they (govt) can control you go! We have that tech now. Govt LOVES electricity as it links you straight to Wash DC and the govt and does so in real time.