Saturday, March 30, 2013

It's the demand

Much of the anti-fossil-fuel activism is aimed at stopping supply. This is backwards. Demand drives supply. Without customers, the oil industry would dry up quickly.

So what about alternative fuels? Depends. Are they supply alternatives, or demand alternatives? Converting energy from switch grass, wind, or solar simply adds to the supply, thereby reducing the price pressure on fossil fuel.

The best way to deal with fossil fuels is to change the way we live, so that we stop wasting energy, and use much less in general.

make public transit free
make cities car free
give the suburbs to organic farmers
educate all children
provide healthcare to all

This plan will cause the autosprawl system to collapse and the birth rate to fall.