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    Hello there,

    this is a bit of an open ended question but it is obviously a very important one in this day and age. With population increasing, fossil fuels depleting (as well as polluting) and people living longer, more prosperous lives, the government need to wake up and smell the sustainable, carbon neutral, environmentally friendly coffee. I'm not a crazy over the top activist but i am a concerned British citizen who is wary of what the future may bring.

    What really annoys me is that the government are only making the problem worse. For instance, you may have heard a couple of weeks back that Gordon Brown was in discussions with middle-eastern oil bosses to try and ease the credit crunch by reducing the oil prices. NO! This is only a quick fix and will only increase our dependancy on fossil fuels, not to mention the adverse effect on the environment it will bring.

    It seems to me that funding into new, renewable energy sources is always put on the back burner, set aside and put off for another time so we needn't worry about it now.

    The purpose of this thread is really to gauge opinion on this topic. Where are we heading? What are our options? Pros and cons of new energy sources. I for one am an avatar for more research into nuclear fusion as a means of creating sustainable, clean energy.

    All opinions welcome and i'll shut up now because i sound very "preach-y" :yep:
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    For one thing the Government could start increasing funding to scientific research rather than constantly lowering it.
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    (Original post by Darkened Angel)
    For one thing the Government could start increasing funding to scientific research rather than constantly lowering it.
    This cannot be emphasised enough
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    IMO we need

    -higher motorist taxes
    which could in turn find
    -large subsides on public transport (not planes) (train nationalisation?)
    -grants for use of green energy
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    (Original post by gamer91)
    IMO we need

    -higher motorist taxes
    which could in turn find
    -large subsides on public transport (not planes) (train nationalisation?)
    -grants for use of green energy
    They're high enough as it is and it has just made things worse. Public transport is a joke, I have to use the train every day to go to work and it is hardly ever on time not to mention it's bloody slow. If I could afford a car I'd get one.
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    GW aside, fossil fuels are awesome. As is owning a car and flying across the world for a few pounds. These things represent the pinnacle of our civilisation. There would be no energy crisis (as in shortages) if the government's planning system didn't have a stranglehold on new construction, and GW is a property rights issue.
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    A very good question. It's actually a question I'll probably be spending my entire life answering.

    First of all, I'd say a rise in gas and coal use will be likely, to offset the decreasing availability (and demand) of oil. What I'd hope to see along with that is intense research and development into carbon sequestration and storage techniques, but I'm not optimistic about that. It faces large opposition, and would be very expensive. We have plenty of coal and gas, so we'll just use more of those until they become scarce as well.

    We should also see a push towards nuclear power, as Uranium is still quite abundant and it doesn't come from politically unstable regions of the world (Australia, Canada to name a couple).

    All these should give us enough time to properly implement a decent renewables scheme. We need to intensify research at the pure scientific level: more efficient solar panels, new turbine designs for wind and hydro power and hell, even fusion ultimately (it won't solve any problems in the short term though, obviously).


    Regarding the more social aspects of it, we should try to encourage "green" activity in any way possible. Grants should be available to renewable energy startup companies, households should have as much help as possible regarding making their homes as energy efficient as possible, and decent targets need to be laid out. Renewables aren't going to happen overnight, so environmental groups need to stop lobbying outside every single coal or nuclear plant built. They can do far more productive things. We currently need to burn fossil fuels, or all the lights will go out. We can't build renewables fast enough, so we'll have to make do until we can.

    I feel like I'm rambling a little now...

    Check out my site for my thoughts on the matter (link in sig).
 
 
 
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