|First, let me go back a few years. (It bugs me to see the wealth that has gone into Dubai and the Emirates...) |
In 1997 the US terminated the Aquatic Species Project, which among other things sought to make biodiesel out of algae. At that time, crude oil was selling for about $8 per 42 gallon barrel.
Reason for terminating the oil from natural stuff project: Uneconomical!
Think a moment on making E85 out of foodstuffs such as Corn. Uneconomical at $60/barrel crude.
(The US DOE has been one of the worst failures this side of Nixon's war on drugs...we are (except for privately funded shale oil) more reliant on tenuous foreign resources than when Carter started the DOE.)
Our enemies in the mid-East have profited more than one trillion dollars on oil price increases PER YEAR because of DOE failure. That's what funds the fight between the Sunnis and the Shias - think our old wars between the Catholics and the Protestants.
Very little funding is going into plasma physics and low energy nuclear reactions - yet as I have noted, some very interesting transmutations have be taking place. If the money that has been wasted on solar cells and wind mills was directed at this area, we would be at 3 cents/kWH by now...(my estimate, and others).
About the Sun...watch carefully, and THINK as you watch, the clues are here: youtu.be