As the energy crisis intensifies, a myriad of technical solutions are being proposed. Most were investigated in depth during the first two energy crisis of the 1970s. There is a wealth of information available from that period. Nor did research stop in the ensuing 25 years. A serious societal problem is the lack of understanding of the options, their history and their limitations.
Hermann Scheer's unique renewable energy law has made Germany the world leader in production of wind energy with 7.000 megawatts (one third of the total world wind power capacity), and reached as much as 50 percent of the total European capacity
Before we instantly accept alternative energy lifeboats that will let us keep our current lifestyles, don't you think it wise to see if they float?
Here are nine questions that you must ask of yourself, and anyone who claims that they have found a perfect alternative to oil. After answering these questions, you may have a better idea about whether you want to jump (or throw your family) into something that might sink in short order.
So one of the moves that some OPEC countries have been making, particularly Venezuela, is to make barter deals, bartering their oil directly for commodities which these countries can’t otherwise sell. And the Venezuelans have made about thirteen of these bilateral barter deals with developing countries. And this of course has angered the Bush administration, particularly the deal they made with Cuba, which was that the Venezuelans sent Cubans oil, as it’s very close to them as you know, in exchange for Cuban doctors and paramedics paid by the Cubans who are on loan to Venezuela to set up public health clinics in rural villages in Venezuela.