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Renewable VS Drill for more reserves of oil
The west, Canada and the US, both need to work on renewable resources as well as look for more petrochemical reserves. It's not just one or the other. Also, ethanol production must never ever be considered as a renewable resource. To do that is to court long term disaster. If you rely on ethanol you are mining the soil and eventually destroying potential to raise food crops. There are not enough fertilizers to keep going and so farmers, agro business, have to depend upon chemical fertilizers which after a while create heavily salted land and turn it into a desert. Don't believe that? If you don't then you better do some research and don't look to Dow or Monsanto for facts, they are merely in business to make money for shareholders. What's left then? Solar, wind, and ocean currents. Not tidal power, that has already shown to be a disaster in itself because it disrupts the natural ecology of the coast line and inlets where tidal power would work. Ocean currents can be used to run large undersea turbines to generate power. The infrastructure is big and costly but when in place can work with little maintenance and it is not something that works at a high enough speed to injure fish. Another thing which has not been tried but has some merit is power from the interaction of the earth and Sun's magnetic fields. The scale would be large and probably require countries to work together. The only oil used for such things is for plastics and lubricants. No combustion.
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