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January 25, 2007



John, You've mentioned "platforms" in several contexts. I think I have a bit of a feel for what you are saying, but not a clear picture. Could you please elaborate. I think this is an important point. Perhaps worthy of a posting vs a short comment response?


ISTM that all the chatter about "energy independence" and creating new technologies to achieve that are MSM reportage of and about ideologues and corporate elitists trying to find a way to create a new means of creating wealth from energy.

It's not about energy independence as much as it is about creating wealth.

It's well established that the best and fastest way - albeit ideologically independent - to dramatically reduce energy consumption and thus get close to "energy independence" is through conservation and efficiency. But this is neither glamorous nor lucrative, so it's not Big Businessy enough to be attractive to those types.


It's all about getting money from the Feds to do research that leads nowhere. Clinton's focus on hybrid cars cost billions and has resulted in nothing much. Bush's focus on hydrogen cars cost more billions and will result in even less. Reading Edwin Black's _Internal Combustion_, GE had planned an electric vehicle infrastructure before the beginning of the 20th century and Edison and Ford had their own plans for electrifying transportation on the eve of WWI. Those plans never came to fruition because entrenched interests wanted to protect their $$$$. Electrified railways went the same way. Money, short term profit, over-ruled conventional economics and diesel engines became the standard on the basis of false tests and doctored reports. GM, Firestone, Mack Truck killed the trolley system and were found guilty of conspiring to do so all the way up to the Supreme Court. What makes you think that today or tomorrow will be any different than the last century of energy history?

I have one room off-grid for basic energy through solar. It cost me less than $200. That kind of scale is not even noticed by the media, the policy-makers, and energy industry. Maybe that's a very good thing.

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