Will humanity create a new source of energy before oil runs out in 50 years?
I'd argue we will. An awful lot can change in 5 decades. What do you think?
Humanity needs no "new "source of energy , we have several, are they tweeked into our system ?, Do we know the best ones ?, No. I suspect our lack of change in a serious way is related to economics , no source. Hydogen , solar, nuclear or any eqivical will ever be used untill we "unhook" from oil. I believe a free source is available, but oil people will not let the auto people change . And, who owns who, in that arena? Our political leaders are too tied to the oil $ to lead , thats our problem.......Leadership.
Yeh,with the help of technics we can change water into fuel
To be blunt and honest I think no. As the first post says, the "new sources" we need are already there, they just aren't being implemented correctly. Solar power could easily solve our problems but our country's hooked on oil because of political and monetary issues.
It's a sad reality, I am 26, and my children will live in a completely different world than I live in.
A better question is:
How do you know that in 50 years this will in fact happen? Not to be rude, but do you know the history of such doomsday sayings regarding oil? It was supposed to "run out" by the 1990's or 2000...every year it gets pushed back some decades.
This, along with the question of, "When we run out of food in 20 years..." etc. -- it just shows that the propaganda we are spoon and shovel-fed out-paces the facts.
Look: I'm all for "clean" energy sources - I'm not some oil tycoon - but for as long as I have been alive, we have been warned that:
oil or "fossil fuels"
etc. will run out by "30 years' time" or "the 21st century."
After almost 40 years of this propaganda - with the only thing changing being the players in the propaganda positions of power or the actual prophetic dates - I want to know:
In 50 years, when we're all running our skateboards on gasoline or diesel, will we actually still be asking questions about what to do when oil runs out?
(No offense to you, Daniel Neumann, I love the environment, but do not like the assumption that oil will run out - I 100% do not believe it will in our time, or my great great great great grandkids' time.)
Having said all that - the irony is that I don't frankly think we need another energy source (see your other answers) - we just need better people in power to make the changes to use what we have already shown to work.
When will THAT happen?
Like others have said, we have the new source of energy already, we just need to implement it. But, I think it will only happen once all the oil is depleted. The UK still the biggest oil reserves in Europe, along with Norway, and the middle east is still a front-runner. If Saudi Arabia, of example, loses its profit from oil they won't be making much money and therefore lose power. Many US companies, too, wouldn't make as much money distributing and producing oil.
It's not about health of the planet. It is big business (cliche).
We have one already (fission) and another (fusion) is just around the corner. Whether or not the greenies will let us build the plants is another question entirely....
Firstly, there is a lot more oil than 50 years worth of oil, America alone has barely tapped it's oil resources, before even looking at the various oil sands and slate oil fields.
On top of that new discoveries underneath the north pole and in eastern Europe are providing huge increments to the oil figures.
The 50 year figure has been widely disproved, and has been taken from an unreliable source, which calculated the figure based on the depletion of a select number of fields, which were already running dry.
Secondly, Solar power is not a reliable power source, and most environmentalists will now tell you that solar is not viable because it gives out more toxic chemicals during creation than any equal amount of carbon emissions saved would help out the earth.
Solar may be viable in the future, but not now.
Green energy has way more political influence now than the oil companies, carbon taxes, environmental subsidies and the new environmental jobs being created far outnumber the possibilities from taking oil donations.
This may be a bit of a rant, but this subject seems to me to be one that needlessly overshadows more important environmental and economical issues.
It is already out there but the government will lose a finical gain and control if this is exceeds 51% of energy consumption
I couldn't help but notice that you share the same last name with the Inventor "Joeseph Newman" who wrote a book on using magnetic energy from copper wire to tap the energy within the copper atom.
There are numerous alternatives to oil gas and nuclear fission to tap the energy within the atoms and molecules all around us.
Ufortunately,money and power brokers have prevented them from taking hold in the world for control of the people through limiting access to energy as well as food.
Oil and gas is slowly being more difficult and exspensive to get at in the future.
Mainstream Science has sold out to money and power brokers. VERY SIMPLE!
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