The Argument for a 30% Reduction in Oil Use

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Josiah
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Perhaps my ignorance about the US will come through here, but is the only area of energy dependence on oil in the transportation sector? Could such a reduction be made by reducing the oil used for heating homes or powering electricity stations?
 
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how long have we been talking about reducing our dependence on oil...1970s? have we come up with a viable replacement source....no!
 

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The way forward was discussed in the report. Essentially, it boiled down to incentivizing the energy market in order to make it more worthwhile to pursue than oil - but, it is not a short term proposition apparently as it is very difficult to change the existing infrastructure.

-- Tom
 
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Solyndra failure doesn't help the cause.

Our municipal electrical supplier is striving for a 20% target by 2020 using wind and solar. Current plants are coal, natural gas or combination fueled using diesel, coal and natural gas. The largest plants are basically coal fired. If I recall correctly they are about half way to their goal at 10%. They have bids out for a huge solar facility as we speak. Wind energy is being purchased from several Texas locations on the coast and I believe West Texas and a couple of solar farms south of the city.
 

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