The exorbitant oil prices have still another unfortunate consequence: They are tricking some people into believing that we need to change to wind power.
Of course this is nonsense, but a lot of what we hear and see on energy matters is just that: non-science. (Among other reasons, it makes no sense given that only about 1.5 percent of U.S. oil imports are used for electricity generation, considerably less oil than the U.S. exports).
There are several reasons why oil prices have gone way up: decreased supply, increased demand, a devalued U.S. dollar, etc.
Recently on the Spiegel Online Web site was one of the best articles I’ve seen that explains how speculators (“noncommercial traders”) are likely the prime reason oil prices have escalated so much: “How Speculators Are Causing the Cost of Living to Skyrocket.”
The bottom line continues to be that environmentally, economically and scientifically sound solutions will get us out of this mess. In the meantime we can be certain that we will be aggressively solicited by Peter Pan Profiteers (e.g. wind power mercenaries) to line their pockets. They are banking on the technological ignorance of the public.
If we keep our wits about us, and employ critical thinking and scientific methodology, we will be able to resist their Siren’s call. Feel free to e-mail me for scientific information about wind power at firstname.lastname@example.org.
John Droz Jr.
Brantingham Lake, N.Y.
8 July 2008
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