A look at energy alternatives… – Ohio Ag Net – Ohio’s Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net

by | Jun 23, 2022 | Energy

By Don “Doc” SandersThe good old U.S. of A. is blessed with lots of alternative options for energy. However, I believe that these opportunities must be developed slowly and thoughtfully like the steady forward progress of the tortoise, as opposed to the undisciplined pace of the hare, in Aesop’s fable.Currently, our government is playing its political cards on energy utilization like the speedy, erratic hare, not the methodical tortoise. If you remember Aesop’s tale, you know that the tortoise won the race. And the impulsive hare got waylaid by distractions.Let’s take a look at what’s being bandied about regarding traditional and alternative energy sources.Coal is problematic. An estimated 470 years of coal resources are available. While lots of coal is available, true clean-burning coal technology isn’t. The coal industry and coal-fired generating plants are behind the energy power curve with regards to reducing their carbon footprint and environmental impact. In my opinion this likely would be a solvable problem, if we were to put the effort into coal that is being put into electric cars, trucks and tractors.Fuel oil reserves are estimated to be at about 51 years. But although fuel oil is available, like coal, its carbon footprint leaves a lot to be desired.Natural gas is readil …

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