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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2012 9:01:00 PM

With electric vehicles on the rise, we can expect a growing demand for electricity. Which energy source for electrical generation is the most promising for further development?
Coal
Natural gas
Nuclear
Oil
Solar
Water
Wind
Other

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sonicmustang
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 1:34:06 AM

Natural gas
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achung53
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 9:59:06 AM

Natural gas
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pricewar
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2012 1:14:04 AM

?
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xsive2x
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 4:25:20 PM

With all things considered on my part there is a great possibility that it will be renewable electric supplies in the future. there would be an excess if every home were to have a solar panel and with the big wind farms growing plus the hydro dame generation this would be an almost renewable source.

With solar panels and wind faming this would get closer to renewable source of electrical supplies.

The other alternative, gas , coal etc aren't realy renewable becasue of the excessive costs that are past along to all of us we need to think about the word renewable. Of course with every generation system there are operating costs. These costs with solar panels is obviously the best choice as there are fewer recycling costs and manufacturing costs involved to us. I am thinking about my grand childrens children and a world that will be cleaner and less polluted fro future generations to come. It's time to have FORWARD THINKING for our future families existance.

Air travel is one of those dark horses to me but they do get us from point America to say Asia safer and faster. Like I said renewable enenergy (electricity) just might out weigh the benefits of continual fosel fuel consumptions i a mass scale as we have today.

My vote is for renewable resources , electricity. When we start to develop this form of e energy consumption it will be cheaper for us now and in the future.
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bill294
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 9:06:46 AM

Natural Gas
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rjhenn
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 2:34:02 PM

Two major problems: what to do with the nuclear waste and suitable sites for water generation (assuming you mean hydroelectric) are very limited.
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fhnorth
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 8:12:09 PM

Nuclear and Water
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gaspumpin
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Message Posted: Aug 12, 2012 11:15:04 AM

Natural gas. Conversions for autos are relatively simple. They were introduced back in the 70's or 80's.
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gaspumpin
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 9:44:34 PM

Wasn't aware that electric vehicles were on much of a rise. Sure haven't seen very many.
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gasscout_1
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Message Posted: Jul 18, 2012 7:14:11 PM

Solar Power
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snowmoose
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2012 8:05:27 PM

Definately Solar, clean and Safe
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kyarjen
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Message Posted: Jun 12, 2012 2:08:47 AM

Coal and natural gas
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Sumflow
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Message Posted: May 14, 2012 3:47:18 AM

Geothermal in places, short term natural Gas in others.
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charmy98
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 9:46:13 AM

Coal
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papa56NC
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2012 2:46:57 AM

Coal
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swordfish0007
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2012 7:34:03 AM

with the technology out today there is no reason why they can't utilize the free energy from magnets to produce a great car.
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sjlynch
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2012 6:46:23 AM

actually, if they develop more "Grid-Independant" electric cars, then this should not be a problem. For example; a grid-independant car would convert the kenetic energy (car's momentum) into potential energy (stored energy in battery) everytime the driver steps on the brakes. This tech does exsist now (I saw this in a honda) and should be used more often by the manufacturers.
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HFAJR0034
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Message Posted: Apr 5, 2012 7:06:14 AM

COAL
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renee6
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Message Posted: Apr 5, 2012 6:51:39 AM

Hmmm....
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pig12
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Message Posted: Apr 2, 2012 2:47:35 PM

I can't afford anything!
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rjhenn
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Message Posted: Mar 30, 2012 12:07:31 PM

mikekoonie - "Electric cars call so much"

???????????????????
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mikekoonie
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Message Posted: Mar 30, 2012 5:19:53 AM

Electric cars call so much
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rjhenn
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 7:05:28 PM

TigerRose - "Someone needs to let SandTiger2012
know that water is free."

What, you don't pay a water bill?
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dongo50
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 8:01:07 AM

mo-money.
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TigerRose
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 5:17:00 AM

Someone needs to let SandTiger2012
know that water is free.
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rjhenn
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Message Posted: Mar 24, 2012 7:30:48 PM

Part of the problem with electric cars is that the auto companies can't get their heads out of the same box they've been in for the last hundred years. To them, a car has power under the hood, which attaches to the wheels through a transmission, drive shaft, differential, etc..

All you really need is an electric motor in each wheel, some batteries somewhere in the vehicle and a small engine and generator to recharge the batteries. The engine and generator can even be modular, to allow easy adjustment for different technologies. You don't need a transmission and the rest of that junk.

Lower maintenance, better mpg, full-time 4WD.
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MahmoodaS
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Message Posted: Mar 24, 2012 9:57:04 AM

Coal, oil, & natural gas will eventually run out. They cannot be renewed. Their combustion leads to many problems including pollution.

On the other hand, solar energy will be available as long as the sun rises. It is predicted that it will take about 5 billion years for the sun to burn out. Electricity produced from solar energy (this includes wind (without the sun there will be little or no wind)) will be available to us for a very long time, it is free, and it is non-polluting. Photo-voltaic equipment for the direct production of electricity from the sun is getting cheaper and more efficient.

Therefore, solar energy is the way to go.

[Edited by: MahmoodaS at 3/24/2012 12:59:09 PM EST]
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SandTiger2012
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Message Posted: Mar 24, 2012 5:22:19 AM

Not sure where you get the idea that electric vehicles are on the rise... the only one selling worth a hoot is the Prius. Even with taxpayer money going for subsidies on the worthless Volt it still costs twice as much as a real car... even the Prius will beat it 0-60. Great! It'll go 40 miles before turning on the engine to charge the batteries... shame it's 50 miles from home to office.

Let's presume that someone does make it realistic to turn water into fuel (hydrogen)... has anyone seen the price of water lately?? It won't be likely you'll be able to stop by the next puddle to fill up.

So, while you're stopped at a hotel/office/home plugged into your neighborhood coal plant for 3-4 hrs (or more), I'll spend 10 minutes at the gas station and have a cup of coffee for you. NatGas would be my current guess... and it IS just a guess because I'm not an engineer and don't know anything about the next set of EPA interference rules coming out.
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HFAJR0034
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Message Posted: Mar 23, 2012 12:01:13 PM

coal
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Debrastorch
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2012 8:31:24 AM

Electric
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PistolBC
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Message Posted: Mar 20, 2012 11:56:29 PM

Fuel Cell Technology is the way of the future
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PistolBC
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Message Posted: Mar 20, 2012 11:53:11 PM

Fuel Cell Technology is the way of the future
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michel13bored
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2012 4:55:35 PM

Natural
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HAWKMOM81
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2012 11:08:26 AM

Natural gas and coal is the way to go. We have plenty of those.
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FuelBarge
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2012 4:59:59 AM

No poll yet for 3/11/2012?
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tommygunCA
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2012 12:08:01 AM

youtube video stanley meyer 1992 interview--water powered car explanation ..its a 37 minute vid
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tommygunCA
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2012 12:04:48 AM

/watch?v=Vd7QL1-NnlU&feature=related
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tommygunCA
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2012 12:04:04 AM

hey gasbuddys i think this video is good for this topic!! its a must watch video /watch?v=Vd7QL1-NnlU&feature=related post comments. it will be interesting to hear what people have to say about this. thanks just copy web link and paste to search window.
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CrackedLCD
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2012 10:45:58 PM

It's time for us to step up and prove that nuclear can be safely done. The technology is there; things have changed a lot since Three Mile Island and Fukushima were built.

I'm also for clean coal, natural gas and solar and wind.
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rjhenn
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2012 9:42:37 PM

Pellaz - What about the problems with the waste in the cooling ponds?
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eyean
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2012 8:54:16 PM

wind and solar are viable options for the future....clean and fairly economical.
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Pellaz
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2012 8:25:30 PM

Futurists and SF aficionados already know the true, LONG-term solution. It's here: http://www.iter.org/

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Pellaz
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2012 8:19:42 PM

rjhenn, there was a ridiculously unlikely confluence of events that caused the Japanese reactor crisis.
One little-known fact is that when the earthquake occurred, all five reactors at the complex immediately -- and safely -- shut down. In fact, the cores were cooling so fast that the onsite engineers closed the valves for the passive cooling system, fearing that the cores could be damaged by the rapid decrease. When the site was flooded by the tsunami and the power failed, they were unable to reopen the passive cooling valves from remote. Since the system is passive, it uses no power to cool the reactor cores, but the valves have to be open for it to function. Had it been enabled, there would have been no problems with any of the reactors at the site.
(Source: IEEE Journal)
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bobeano
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2012 8:08:38 PM

Water, why not corral the water that causes major floods and direct it in to hydro plants. Let Mother nature pay the bill.
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rjhenn
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2012 7:46:58 PM

dangnad - "Nuclear is inevitable. Don't listen to anti-nuke scare stories."

You mean like Japan?
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AByteShort
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2012 6:12:30 PM

The question assumes electric cars are on the rise. Electric cars are horrible if you need to run the heater or AC. Gasoline weighs less than the equivalent amount of batteries. To run any distance on natural gas or propane you need a fairly heavy tank to hold the compressed fuel. Why convert coal to electricity to store in batteries. Why not just liquify the coal?
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tommygunCA
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2012 5:31:02 PM

if you read the question, and you have watched the tv commercial...coal is the answer. calif already has windmills and my electric bill isn't any cheaper. coal is the usa biggest natural resource. meaning we dont have to pay to have it shipped in. most power plants use coal to make electricity now. support the minners the answer is coal.
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barbaraljoshua
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2012 5:29:33 PM

water or sun would be most sufficient for our enviroment
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bygas1
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2012 4:33:55 PM

America has been described as the middle east of natural gas. Plenty of new deposits have been discovered and prices are down. And, it's clean burning and with a little more experimentation it could be really clean. I wish I had a natural gas burning car. You can put a compressor unit right in your garage and fill it yourself. Better than standing at a windy gas station.
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OKRifle
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2012 3:13:23 PM

Nat gas!
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