phyllo wrote:Here's an alternative for you - natural gas.
It's already commonly used for heating and pipes are in the ground. Automobile home refuelling means infrastructure is relatively simple to implement. Reserves of natural gas are not in decline.http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/cars/new-cars/news/2006/the-pros-cons-of-buying-a-cng-powered-honda-civic/overview/0609_how-to-jump-start-a-car_ov.htmThe buzz on alternatives to gasoline usually focuses on hybrids or ethanol. But Honda is quietly pushing another alternative: a Civic that runs on compressed natural gas (CNG). The Civic GX was initially offered as a 1998 model to fleet customers, but Honda began limited sales to California consumers in 2005 and has since expanded the car’s retail reach to New York.
Like other alternatives, CNG has its advantages and disadvantages. Compared with gasoline, it has much cleaner emissions while providing similar fuel economy, performance, and driveability. Its relative energy cost can be about half that of gasoline when using a home-fueling station. And it’s mostly a domestically produced energy source; 85 percent of the CNG consumed in the U.S. is also produced here. On the other hand, the Civic GX is priced almost $7,000 higher than a similar gasoline-powered version, refueling stations are relatively rare, and CNG is not available at all--even for home fueling--in some areas.
While it is true that there is more natural gas than petroleum, how long of global natural gas consumption do you think it would take before that peaks too?
Peak oil only took a estimated two hundred and twelve years to globally deplete.
Is there even enough natural gas for global consumption for prolonged periods of time?