or, Why Clean, Cheap Energy Lags Behind in the “Free Market:”
The more I think about the natural gas industry, I’m realizing the bigger picture.
First, the Mining, and Oil/Gas industries supply not only fuel but hydrocarbons for manufacturing so much of what society is consuming. The supply chains feeding plastics, chemical companies, construction industries, the military industrial complex, and more are all based in fossil fuel sourced infrastructures. All these companies have huge market capitalization and have an integral corporate presence keeping the US and World economies going.
Natural gas exploration and drilling mania is feeding and propping up corporations all the way up the supply-to-product and fueling a our massive and growing population. It is eerily similar in structure to economic bubbles past.
Simply changing the source for hydrocarbons to CO2 (something theoretically possible on a massive scale converting CO2 to methane, Ethels and eventually other fuel and manufactured goods using energy from Thorium) would cause such a massive temporary economic disruption due the failing market capitalization of affected corporations, it’s no wonder the “free” market hasn’t produced the obviously more sustainable alternative.
The inertia to change over to truly clean, safe, cheep and plentiful electric power like Thorium (not traditional solar or wind) would literally pop the bubble inflating out dated fossil fuel based corporations. Talk about too big to fail.
Converting to what is going to sustainabley fuel the world population for the next 1000 years will definitely disrupt things as they are. But it doesn’t have to be fiery cleansing, I’d like to think it could be accomplished similar to how the Internet came onto the scene. It would create whole new economies and markets. Existing corporations might feel some pain but they have the organization to change over themselves and exploit these emerging markets. I mean, Id rather have this type of job creation than more drilling jobs. Sounds more effective long term to me.
We shouldn’t be so scared to disrupt things so massively, resurrection into a Greater manifestation is Good right?
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