Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Phasing Out Chemical Energy
I am starting thinking on how we will fight the distortions caused by 100 years of cheap oil. Chemical energy will disappear and electricity will take its place. Electricity can be generated by
(1) nuclear reaction, which produce unmanageable long term radiation danger. Japan has lately closed down several nuclear plants and is returning to oil. China, after the last earthquake, may think in imitating the Japanese. Korea is embarked in building more reactors, but Japan may cool them down. Korea is too near to Japan and the wind blows toward the islands.
(2) Wind generation is feasible, but wind is capricious. Good winds are in faraway places and maintenance and transmission are expensive.
(3) Photovoltaic power seems to have arrived to a plateau. Needs large investments in transmission and storage. At night it stops dead.
There seem to be no alternatives. The chemical world is ending. We, chemical beings, are being phased out by the evolution that brought us here. As good Pope Benedict said, without God we have nothing. As I cannot imagine God, I have nothing.