Originally Posted by CPseudonym
Put one in every local, state, provincial and national capital worldwide and we can eleminate OPEC.
Here is one to ponder. If it was made a requirement (and some assistance provided to do so) that every home have solar energy covering at least up to a reasonable percentage of their roof area, what percentage of our electricity could that provide? Same for businesses.
Human nature is to develop and use new methods only when pressured to do so, either by lack of availability of old, by laws, or by extreme financial benefit. That hasn't happened to us on energy. Maybe a scare now and then got attention, but nothing has happened that has frightened us enough to say it's not optional, but we must find new ways.
Now, I'm not saying this even would benefit us net when all was said and done. But, if you wanted electric cars to rule the day or even just hybrids, it's simple enough. Don't allow anything else to be built and sold after a certain date.