Well, the author of the website says conservation won't matter... any
advances in conservation & efficiency will cause us to consume more and
total oil usage will continue to rise. It also states that hybrid cars
production is very oil- and energy- intensive, and in fact offsets any
savings made in decreased fuel consumption.
What really bothers me is that there's simply no way our energy needs can be
satisfied without oil... unless there is a breakthrough in nuclear fusion or
something like that.
That is because this author is to put it simply, FULL OF SHIT. How does it
really take any more oil to produce a hybrid vehicle than a standard one and
over the life of the vehicle, it will use less petroleum products than a
conventional one. As for conservation, how could it have no effect? If you
use less, it lasts longer and there is no magic about that. He is trying to
mix conservation with efficiency and they are two very different things.
Actually, the real answer is that there is no simple way to satisfy our
energy needs without oil, not that there is no way but lets get something
clear, there is a big difference between our actual needs and what we
actually use and waste..
If at first you don't succeed, you're not cut out for skydiving
Well, a hybrid vehicle is certainly more resource-intensive to produce...
hence the cost. I tend to agree that the website mentioned above is full of
crap, but they do have a couple of valid points...
Of course! I'd estimate we use 60-70% of our resources (money) to buy things
we do not really need. Now, try to go out and explain this to average Joe! I
seriously believe there's some civil unrest on the way...
btw I hope I'm wrong...
Come to the Demecratic Republic of Washington State. We will gladly
provide you with Regular at 2.40 avg (2.35 to 2.60) or diesel at
2.75avg. And this is where the State Legislature is saying we need
another 15 cents a gallon gas tax.
So come on up and enjoy.
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