Originally Posted by cutthemdown
We have enough oil for a long long time. Even when it runs out i doubt its solar that replaces it.
Oh great seer, tell us more!
Want a more secure country? It starts at the base, and at the base of everything is the need for energy.
Know what one of the most critical, expensive and logistically challenging parts of running an army is? Fueling the machines.
You're quite right that we won't have solar powered jets, tanks or anytime soon. But, we might be able to run a factory with solar power and power our civilian and military logistics vehicles with solar or other alternative sources.
There's a reason the navy uses nuclear powered ships whenever possible.
Of course, the less the civilian population relies on oil for transportation, industry and the economy, the more will be available for the military and the more likely we will be to be able to sustain the type of industrial activity necessary to stay in the fight.
You are all obsessed with entirely the wrong thing. You think the most important aspect of security is having more planes, tanks, bombs, etc _now_. That's simply not true. As I've said before, the most important aspect of security is the economic and industrial capacity to build those things _faster than the enemy_ -- and the cornerstone of that ability is energy.
China understands this, which is why they are dumping tons of money into alternative energy.
You know why Japan attacked us despite their military leadership knowing it was a bad idea to start another front halfway around the world? They had no choice. They were running out of oil
because of U.S. embargoes.