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What about wind power? 85 As a replacement for oil, it is unsuitable due to the following reasons: 1. As with solar, energy from wind varies greatly with weather, and is not portable or storable like oil and gas. 2. Wind cannot be adapted to produce pesticides, fertilizer or plastics. 3. Like solar, wind is susceptible to the effects of global climate change. 4. Not appropriate for transportation needs. Despite these limitations, wind power is the most promising of the various oil alternatives.
The one crying wolf is abandoned unless the wolf turns out to be already at the front door, and by then, the cry is generally too late. And crises are basically problems, by definition, that have gone ignored. " Peak Oil differs from previous “end of the world” scenarios such as Y2K in the following ways: 1. ” 2. Peak Oil is based on scientific fact, not subjective speculation. 3. Government and industry began preparing for Y2K a full 5-10 years before the problem was to occur. We are within 10 years of Peak Oil, and we have made no preparations for it.
Oil, however, is not just any resource. In our current world, it is the precondition for all other resources, including alternative ones. To illustrate: as of the winter of 2004, a barrel of oil costs $38. 95 This means that an energy company won't be motivated to aggressively pursue renewable energy until the cost of oil doubles, triples, or quadruples. At that point, our economy will be close to devastated. Our ability to implement whatever alternatives we can think of will be permanently eliminated.