Yanche wrote:jpete wrote:homecomfort wrote:just think for a minute, how much work, or work savings, do you get out of a single gallon of fossil fuel. seems cheap when one thinks about it, complain less, someday it will really be expensive, if available at all.
Where does that logic end?
At a price equivalent to the same power provided by solar technology, the eternal source of energy. It will be expensive.
This is both true and inevitable in a world where fossil fuels are essentially finite in quantity (with technology ever working to mitigate this problem), and just as importantly in a world where natural resources are intuitively highgraded, meaning in a world where the richest and easiest and least energy demanding resources to retrieve are intuitively retrieved first, leaving the resources that require the most energy and effort and complexity just to retrieve them for last.
For energy resources the logical end game comes when the energy required to retrieve a resource exceeds the energy plus the utility that the sought after energy resource can give you back in return. Price itself would become highly irrelevant at this juncture.
Batteries (up to and including fuel cells) are an example where more energy goes into producing them than you can get out of them in return, but their utility makes up for this.