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Jason Holliston
Tuesday, October 05, 2004  
Alternative Energy Won't Be Alternative Forever

I personally believe that, during this century, we'll see new forms of cheap energy replace fossil fuels 99%. Solar energy of some sort (and there's lots of ways that can go) and eventually, safe nuclear fusion will likely be the replacements. In the meantime, though, there are plenty of other sources that will slowly wean us off oil and natural gas, such as geothermal, biomass, and wind power. The benefits to mankind are staggering: a cleaner environment, in the aesthetic sense, less disease from unclean air and unblocked ultraviolet rays, and less money and power to a region that, so far, has shown time and time again they don't have the responsibility to handle it.

For those that like to follow such things, there's a blog for you: Alternative Energy Blog. Here's an example of one of his posts: Solar Gold Rush. It talks about the current venture capital going into solar power, and mostly, flexible, durable, solar panel sheets. I've read some about this (look for the link on his site for more information), and it shows fantastic promise. Imagine covering the roof of your house with solar panels that look like a normal, asphalt roof. Not only does it protect your house from the wind and rain, but also provides all your electricity needs. In some cases, it's possible that you could even sell back surplus power to the grid, and receive a check every month from your local utility. Fantastic.

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