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As an email-list member of the Union of Concerned Scientists Action Network,(http://www.ucsusa.orgfreelance science fiction author, and prospective student of educational studies, I do as best I can to be an environmentally conscious, aware individual – realizing that a great many of our planet’s resources are finite. They won’t be around forever -resources such as certain tree species in global climate forest models have suffered a dieback effect in various species of Ash, Yellow and White Birch, American Beech ( Source: Climate Change and its Biological Consequences by David M. Gates, Chapter Three, page 75 –published by Sinauer Associates Inc.) Not to mention further depletions in the ozone layer, many an animal species, and let’s certainly not forget…OIL!



Fossil Fuels are labeled as such for a reason –it shouldn’t take a genius to figure that out. As a populace we should strive, before necessity dictates it further, to look into sources of alternative energy such as wind power (such as is produced in wind farms in the Netherlands and other European countries), Ethanol-based gasoline derived from such facilities such as corn and vegetable matter, etc. (As is being developed by some farmers in states such as Nebraska and Minnesota) With roughly six billion people on this planet to date, shouldn’t we be thinking just a tad bit ahead –if not for our own sake, what of our children, grandchildren and future generations? What will they do when all this oil is depleted? Stage raids on stegosaurus bones from museums? Why is it we can’t (or won’t) see the bigger picture ahead? The old ‘forest for the trees’ adage will no doubt eventually be cleared away by logging companies and strip-mall engineers… then what happens?



Make no mistake, I am aware of the nation’s state of economy - being a resident of the state of Michigan where the unemployment rate is approximately seven-percent by last census poll count. I know it’s hard out there in the post-dawn of the twenty-first century with the price of gas averaging over two dollars per gallon. But please…is this reason in itself not just cause for our nation to even begin as a whole to consider how various alter- native energy sources could possibly be applied? I don’t claim to have all the answers, just my share of questions.




Carpe Diem, all. As of this moment I possess neither an associates nor bachelor’s degree in any field, but here I am, unemployed as I scribe these words upon my laptop, driven by faith in my beliefs and goals as I strive to pave my way toward a career and education, sacrificing some sleep and finances along the way toward my goals. If these words give anyone out there cause to think, then I have succeeded in getting my point across. Peace.



-Tigerlily, aka Michele Wright





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The following comments are for "On Alternative Fuel Sources"
by Tigerlily

hydrogen fools
switch to hydrogen is no answer- energy to separate hydrogen must come from somewhere- good rant- maybe more later

( Posted by: drsoos [Member] On: April 17, 2005 )

Thanks
Thanks for the comment, drsoos - the input means a lot. There should be more info on alternative fuel methods and stuff avail via the link I posted if you or anyone else is interested.
Vaya con queso.

( Posted by: Tigerlily [Member] On: April 18, 2005 )

Oil and tiger bones
Even if you are right that we may run out of oil in some forseeable future, You sell inventiveness, ingenuity, and necessity short in regard to future generations. The ability to mine and refine gas and oil has only been around about 100 years. This planet and mankind have moved forward in ways to travel-evolved if you will- for 6000 years. Don't you think that intellegence will set in, and bright people will invent ways to further civilization? I think people who harp on oil and trees are a bit narrowminded in their promulgation of the "oh my" theories. Tidal waves have a way of bringing people back to earth. We can't destroy the earth, it is bigger than us is my point. Give people who invent a little credit will ya? Good write.

williamhill

( Posted by: williamhill [Member] On: April 18, 2005 )

hill of bones
Earth is indeed bigger than us and can destroy us, not vice versa- where is your Armageddon spirit?

( Posted by: drsoos [Member] On: April 18, 2005 )

Sooster
God is taking me a piece at a time.I'm kind of past Armageddon. It is quite the thing these days to watch folks get their innards in a bind over this stuff. It used to make me mad, Mad I tell you.Not anymore.It amuses me now. That is why I can read itand enjoy. And you thought I didn't care.
willster

( Posted by: williamhill [Member] On: April 18, 2005 )

Burning the Midnight Ethanol
*Makes herself a mental note to czech email more often* I wasn't attempting to imply or knock the ingenuity of the human race as a whole with my rant, merely stating that we should perhaps speculate upon finding cleaner, more eco-friendly means of energy source provision such as ethanol and wind-power like some other nations are looking into. While there's still the matter of finding the correct way to stabilize the fuel cell factor in regard to it, if that can be done
ethanol production could prove a viable alter-native and ween the nation from its dependency on
certain countries reserves of fossil fuel. (Maybe our troops could actually come back safely from said region too) Plus, it would prove for possibilities to boost the economy of this country. That's my case on the rant...now I'm off to hug a tree!

"Earth First - We'll screw up the other planets later!" - Bumper sticker slogan I saw the other day that made me laugh.

( Posted by: Tigerlily [Member] On: April 19, 2005 )





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