The cost question is always raised in stuff like this, and I'll give the usual response, that the cost of oil and oil products doesn't reflect true cost--not just replacement cost, which is never really factored into oil, but the cost of, for instance, the entire Gulf fishing industry. The cheap trash bags carp mentions are cheap because the price doesn't reflect the true cost of plastic. If the price reflected the true cost, then the pack of bags might well cost more than someone wold be willing to pay, and then maybe instead of plastic bags we'd use something else.
I'll go back to a post I made a couple of days ago: we just simply have to recognize that we have to scale our way of life waaaaaaaayyyyyy back. One way to do that is to have prices reflect real costs. I have no idea how that would happen, though, so don't ask me! I know what those kinds of changes would do to the economy. But we're seeing the alternative play itself out in the Gulf. And what happens if there's no way to cap that gusher? What happens if the gusher gushes for the next ten twenty thirty years? I know that's a worst case scenario, but shouldn't we be conducting energy policy on the basis of worst cases?
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Cost - is the driving force . It is not that people don't want to do the right thing -> rather can people afford to do the right thing is the big question . Even with tax brakes yada yada , it is still expensive
Ghee just look at the price for energy saving bulbs compared to 99 cents for a box of 4 -vs- 6 bucks for one bulb . Yes you can argue that cost saving are down the line , fact is you need the 6 bucks in the first place .
Steve, I think what he's saying is the true cost of gas isn't $2.50-$3.00 a gallon. Think of the impact on the environment- the cost of disposing of all that plastic made from oil, and the biggest add on to me is the cost of our military involvement to keep all the oil lanes open and the oil flowing... it's a lot more than $80 a barrel.
YoYo, I'm very aware of all these facts. That's why the Govt needs to assist and push alternatives and "green renewable energy"... they already subsidize the oil ! It's only fair.
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