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Thread: Can There Be Performance Boating Without Gasoline & Oil?

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    A prominent physicist warns in a new book that the world is running out of oil and weÂ’re not doing anything to stave off the coming crisis
    Feb. 17 - Remember 1973? If you do, there are plenty of reasons to wish you didnÂ’t. Chief among them (right after leisure suits) would be the oil crisis that began in October. The Middle Eastern OPEC nations stopped exports to the United States and other Western nations just as stateside oil production was peaking. The artificial shortage that followed had devastating effects: The price of gas quadrupled in the United States, climbing from 25 cents to more than a dollar, in a matter of months. The American Automobile Association reported that in one isolated week up to 20 percent of the countryÂ’s gas stations had no fuel; in some places motorists were forced to wait in line for two to three hours to gas up. The number of homes built with gas heat dropped.
    But that was the 1970s and this is now, right? Not according to David Goodstein. Saudi princes and SUV drivers may do well to read his new book, “Out of Gas: The End of the Age of Oil” (W.W. Norton), in which Goodstein argues that our oil-dependent civilization is in for a crude awakening when the world’s oil supply really begins to run out—possibly within a few decades. “As we learned in 1973, the effects of an oil shortage can be immediate and drastic, while it may take years, perhaps decades, to replace the vast infrastructure that supports the manufacture, distribution, and consumption of the products of the 20 million barrels of oil we Americans alone gobble up each day,” he writes.
    GoodsteinÂ’s book is not a happy read, but an important one. In laymanÂ’s terms, he explains the science behind his prediction and why other fossil fuels might not do the trick when the wells run dry. Goodstein, a physicist and vice-provost at the California Institute of Technology, recently spoke with NEWSWEEKÂ’s Brian Braiker about the fundamental principles of oil supply and demand, and whether civilization can survive without fossil fuels.
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    sorry dog
    Conserve oil. Buy an outboard.

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    Nothing new, but it is BS. Everything is based on continuing high consumption rates. As the oil reserves get used, the price will continue to creep up. This will encourage ownership of more fuel efficient vehicles and alternative choices. Long before the oil runs out, we will be using other fuel sources.
    February, 1880- Scientist predict that if we continue to use horses at the current rate, we will not have enough room for other animals.

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    This is the same quack that said in 1973 that we would be out of oil by the year 2000, and his cronies said that the greatest danger to manking in the next 20 years would be GLOBAL COOLING!!!

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    Dave C
    he's not an "expert" in this field. this is the last line:
    "This is not my research field. I do research in a completely different field. I just thought that this was such an important problem that somebody ought to write a book about it. I am not an expert—there is no subject covered in that book about which I know more than anybody else. If you want to know about superfluid helium or certain kinds of phase transitions I may know more than anybody else in the world. I just thought I should lend my pen to this cause."

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    Can There Be Performance Boating Without Gasoline & Oil?
    I don't see why not.

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    Bean oil in the block and moonshine in the tank and we will be blowin the doors off the solar powered wackos.
    Throw a tee in the fuel line for mixed drinks. We cant lose.

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