Are organics the answer to worldwide energy needs?
The simple answer is no, according to a couple of academics at Georgia Tech's school of electrical and computer engineering. (Don't sneer, we electrical engineers really are capable of addressing systemic societal issues!)
Okay, I know you're bored by this topic already. But stay with me; it's really important. Right now nations of the world are planning their energy strategies and making large investments and largely irreversible choices. If we choose wrong, we could all be in big trouble. And, believe in it or not, climate change is just one part of the puzzle. My questions are: (1) who really understands this stuff and (2) who's driving the bus? I fear the answers are: (1) nobody and (2) nobody.
What these guys (Divan and Kreikebaum) at Georgia Tech have done is construct a rather simple model of world energy development and consumption, one that accounts for just about every possible source. The model also can adjust for various levels of economic development in every world region. They conclude that organics in general and biofuels in particular will not cut it. Only inorganic energy sources can provide prosperity for all and forever.
. If you don't like their assumptions you can alter them because the model is interactive.
and give it a try.
Okay, I suspect you're not really interested in the details. But here's the thing: Do we know who's driving the bus? Can we find a fully qualified driver (not Al Gore) with that magical blend of analytical capability, leadership qualities and political savvy? If not, our descendants are going to be in big trouble!