Consultants on Alternative Energy

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The alternative energy consultants tell us that the transition from the
petroleum-driven economy and society will not be a smooth one, on the
whole. The amount of new technologies and infrastructures that need to be
developed and built is staggering—even as Germany achieves powering 10%
of the entire nation through the use of wind turbines and solar arrays,
even as corporation after corporation is springing up, helped by various
governments' tax breaks and rebate incentives, to drive forward the
alternative energy mission. We have lain dormant on alternative energy on
the grand scale for so long that we now have to scramble to play catch-up
as access to cheap oil lurks ever closer to being a thing of the past.

Consultants on alternative energy also tell us that we need multilateral,
international efforts in concert with one another in the direction of
getting away from the heavy—almost total—dependence on fossil fuels. They
are poised to become too expensive, burning them is polluting the
atmosphere, and digging for them is disrupting the natural environment.
We have about 30 years left of reasonably cheap oil and gas—and
consultants say that within 20 years beyond that point, we had better be
at least 90% independent of them. Unfortunately, at the present time the
world is mostly not acting as if this is the case. The thirst for oil is
growing, not slaking, and it is growing faster now than it did even in
the 1970s.

One of the major problems of transition, the consultants point out, is
that higher oil and gas prices stimulate the economy (This flies in the
face of what many energy so-called “experts” and many members of the
public believe, but the fact is that oil and gas are found and
manufactured and transported by huge corporations who employ multitudes
of staff workers and contractors; and from their huge profits their
stocks remain lucrative on Wall Street.). Alternative, or “green” energy
has to become more marketplace friendly, more profitable to investors and
would-be employers. Wall Street does not like change; so there is
resistance to this much-needed economic transition. It is because of this
that many consultants are saying that we need an international,
governments-backed initiative put into place; we are told that we cannot
expect the new economy to spring forth overnight, all clean and polished
and perfected, from the black ashes of the fossil fuel economy phoenix.

It is most imperative that the wealthy, big-production nations such as
the US, Japan, Western Europe, and others be the ones to spearhead the
effort to get off of the fossil fuel dependence. Smaller, poorer nations
are very simply never going to achieve the level of energy production
through coal and oil that these nations have—for by the time they would
be ready to, the cheap access to the fossil fuels will be gone, and they
will never be able to sustain their newly-risen civilizations at that
time as we have been able to do. The time for transition from black to
green is now.