Originally Posted by cutthemdown
Thats not the point. Still you act like solar will be the replacement when that is no forgone conclusion. The power plants take up too much land and don't work at night. Go ahead and live the Obama fantasy that we can afford to use solar to power the country. We have enough coal and natural gas for a century, we should use it. The money we save keep looking for real alternatives that work. Not some all in on solar when it doesn't work.
Why are you so fixated on Solar? Where have I said solar is definitely the answer? It's one idea that has *huge* potential if we can overcome the efficiency and cost problems (which we have been making steady progress on) and solve the storage problem.
The only real solution to the worlds enegry problem is nuclear fusion. Using seawater as the fule source with very little radioactive waste. Believe it or not these reactors are within the reach of our science. It will be the next huge step for mankind, not a feaking solar panel on your roof. One day solar panels will be laughed at as a joke of the global warming craze.
Guess what you'll need if you want to use centralized fusion (something I also think is the most likely next step for large scale industrial power generation) when the oil runs out. You'll still need energy storage -- aka batteries. Energy storage is a major problem in the future -- one we don't face today because we use energy (ironically, solar energy) in a previously stored form (chemical).
Most likely the "battery" that we will use in the future will be hydrogen produced with nuclear power. Of course, hydrogen has its own huge set of logistical problems that will be a challenge.
Of course, all the tech necessary for these and all the other options are still in their infancy, and we don't know yet which one (or which combination) will work the best, which is why we need to continue doing research and development