The insanity has to stop at some point. Consider for a moment that I'm entirely right on this Vitamin C(O2) issue (which, of course, is basically so; and I strongly suspect the Earth-core reactor theory is correct too, but maybe not), look what we're insanely doing – or not doing. If President Obama said to the oil companies, "I want a five year plan that results in new domestic oil production that's 150% of current imports. And we, federal, state and local governments will step out of the way".
Guess what? We'd be net oil exporters 5 years from now. Admittedly this would be radical and highly disruptive to world oil markets and so some other less aggressive plan might be best but give it a thought. Instead of $700B/year going to a foreign "black hole" we could have $3.5T incrementally rolling through our economy year after year for ever more. And another $350B from oil exports accumulating, say, against the national debt.
Now that's not very realistic for many reasons but consider the possibilities of what COULD be happening to revive our economy just now and super-charge it going forward. Separately, if he said to the coal/utility folks to do the same on, say, a 10-15 year plan, they could do it too (assuming transportation could go / would go largely electric in 10-15 years and realize that within this time horizon they'd be converting coal to gas and oil also). Separately, if he said to the nuclear folks do it on a twenty year plan, they'd do it too.
If he told the natural gas folks to do it in 10-15 years, they'd get it done. He could kill the issue by pulling all 4 triggers at once - to make a competitive free-for-all that would drive the cost of energy into the mud - not a very realistic thing to want to do but, nonetheless, not impossible. Then he could throw $10's of Billions per year at stupid-stuff like wind&solar and we'd hardly notice the waste of it all. Unfortunately, though, we have an energy crisis that will cause our economy to retract hard instead of exploding forward.
Sure...it's one we've self-imposed and duped ourselves into. Where is our common sense? There is no shortage of fossil fuel at all and we'll move on to better solutions for economic reason before it's, owe say, 10% or 15% gone - max. We're far short of 10% consumption at this point.
We transited from wood to peat to coal to oil&gas to fission and now it appears that we're getting quite close to fusion (fusion will be the most economical choice, and political, and fear, and waste product solution, if and when it attains only 1 or 2 percentage points of efficiency - and then the relative cost will fall from there with further efficiency improvement).
In no case was the transition made because we ran out of the prior source. In all cases the transition was economically driven by increasing energy-density (i.e. a one liter volume of wood has much less energy than a one liter volume of peat; a liter of peat is much less energy than one of coal; which is less than oil; and so on). The idea that diffused, super low energy-density wind&solar will compete in this race is, to me, shear folly.
It is extraordinarily unlikely that either will, or even might possibly, become cost competitive in their own right under optimal operating conditions. But consider that some other infrastructure has to be there to account for when the wind isn't blowing or the Sun isn't shining. The idea that this will be rectified by massive-scale battery technology is true folly today. Battery technology is very expensive and, so far, never ecologically kind. Miracles can of course change this but it requires compound miracles. Photovoltaic solar cells (PVs), as currently deployed, can not produce, in their actual useful live, the amount of energy that it took to fabricate, package, assemble, deploy, connect, operate and maintain them.
Wind is better but not by much. So there are a couple of required miracles. But then we need a large-scale battery miracle. I've watched battery and wind and PV progress for 35 years. It's all been baby-steps. And I'm unaware of any threats to a continuation of this. When compound miracles are required, I say, invest in research, but make your solutions elsewhere – simple common sense. Of course there are corner-cases where wind&solar are appropriate; satellites, remote farms and such.
It just kills me how often we immerse ourselves in minutia, get confused, and then come to some conclusion that disconnects from the big and salient picture. That's what I loved about Ronny Reagan, he would never lose the big picture in favor of the details. President Obama seems unfortunately lost on these issues. But then, so was Senator McCain.
Please Also read COMMON SENSE GLOBAL WARMING by Ronald D. Voisin