Originally posted by e1618978
If global warming is a real phenomenon, and if it is caused by man, it is probably unstopable - even if you manage to reduce CO2 on a per-country basis, that just reduced the prices of carbon based fuels, and other countries burn more. Trying to convince the Republicans and trying to reduce emissions are both a waste of time.
It is, it is. And maybe, maybe not. If the alternatives are better and cleaner than carbon based fuels, and at the right price, people will adopt them. Change starts from within. As technology evolves, it will be a personal choice to rely on the electricity grid $$ or be independent from it 0$ for example.
It will be about a super fast electric car like Ian Wright's $100,000 (for now)Wrightspeed X1 that does 0-60 in 3 seconds and beats almost any exotic car that burns fossil fuel and is uber expensive....and slower and "dirtier" cars. In fact only the Bugatti Veyron with its $1,200,000 price is faster than the Wrightspeed.
You guys are thinking old school. At the pace technology appears to be moving, we will have very cool energy saving or even independent alternatives. It won't have to be the early adopters, hippies or the "treehuggers" embracing those alternatives. We will ALL have options.
Let me give you a recent example that's not really about energy alternatives completely, but about the change of people perception of things.
I'm a huge motocross fan. For a couple decades, most mx bikes had 2 stroke engines....a mixture of oil and gasoline. In 1997 Yamaha became the first major manufacturer to experiment with 4 stroke high performance engines. Doug Henry was the ONLY rider racing a four stroke bike.
Two stroke and four stroke bikes make distinct sounds so it was always easy to spot or hear Doug approaching at the races. It was a novelty. Something that would "never catch on". He was the underdog riding the funny sounding bike so everybody cheered him and his Yamaha YZF400 when he came by at the tracks.
In 1998...just a year later....Doug Henry won the 250cc motocross championship on...you guessed it...a 4 stroke bike. Fast forward to 2006. This year, every major manufacturer sells both two stroke and four stroke bikes. However, if you manage to go to a National Motocross race this year, you'll notice something very "strange". Not a single top 40 rider
on what used to be the 125cc. or 250cc championships races two stroke bikes.
Let me repeat that. Not ONE
top professional rider rides two stroke bikes anymore. In 5 years, 4 stroke motocross bikes went from novelties, to mainstream. That, thanks to new environmental laws that prefer the cleaner running 4 stroke engines.
We don't have unlimited reserves of fossil fuels so the price of them is not going to come down drastically. The days of $1.70/gallon are over. (I'm in California)
Thinking that convincing the Reps. and trying to reduce emmisions is a waste of time is defeatist. We will all be able to vote twice to make these changes happen faster. Politically and with our wallets.
I for one intend to make a LOT of money working to bring those choices to the marketplace. But that's another story.