Originally Posted by Bronx33
Now all we have to do is get the greenies to agree to nuclear and natural gas, hydro all the others listed are far from viable and are extremely expensive we are just at a point where technology hasn't caught up to the current demands of some people.
Almost all of those listed are used in other parts of the world economically. For example, Iceland runs its entire energy infrastructure on geothermal. Each of those sources is viable in different parts of the world. The American west has an abundance of desert land with which to implement solar technology (so do urban areas -- roofs are a great place for solar panels). The mountain states have an abundance of wind. The coastal states have ready access to hydro power.
Homes in many parts of the world can be heated substantially via geothermal power sources.
Nuclear can be used anywhere where a natural source of energy is not readily available or sufficient.
More to the point, the only way it will *become* economical is if we commit to doing it. After all, necessity is the mother of all invention. And make no mistake, it is necessary. One day (probably sooner rather than later) the oil and coal will run out or cease to meet the scale of our energy needs. We'd best be prepared for that eventuality.
But we have guys like obama that think cap and trade would help all it does is tax the polluters and the same amount of pollution is still being omitted.
Not that I agree with C&T, but are you really going to argue that charging people money to do something isn't an incentive to do that thing less?