Friday, March 06, 2009

Transport after oil

When the oil runs out:

I can imagine electric cars. Powered ultimately by a combination of coal and nuclear energy. Wind/water/solar will certainly proliferate as rising energy costs make them more viable, but until the coal runs out, that's where the energy is.

I forsee nuclear shipping. A ship is quite big enough to play host to a reactor, and it's a bit easier politically to put something that might blow up on a vessel that's not likely to be nearby when it does. Anyway, reactors are getting smaller and safer.

I cannot see myself flying. Unless there's a radical breakthrough in propulsion and/or solar technology. As things stand, solar panels are too inefficient, cell batteries are too heavy and other types of power plants are just too damned big.

Time to sell those airline stocks?


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