Only after the last tree has been cut down
Only after the last river has been poisoned
Only after the last fish has been caught
Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.
Cree Indian prophecy
What alternative energy should become widely available? If we got better at it, I'd love to see solar. The whole hydro thing is also fascinating. There's a guy who's figured out how to burn salt water he puts in an additive and then torches it, and it works.
How urgent is it to develop alternative fuels? Not as urgent as the sky-is-falling folks say. There's tons of fossil fuels. It won't be exhausted any time soon, but it behooves us to develop alternative sources.
Do you know anyone who uses solar or wind power? My dad tried to develop solar for our house, but you need panels the size of football fields to capture enough power.
What will the price of gas be in a year? There's been enough stink that it won't rise much. The government will step in to keep it constant they're feeling the heat.
What alternative energy should we pursue? Solar, anything feasible.
How urgent is this? I used to be a National Parks planner, and I looked at land-use issues in various corporate jobs. It's essential that we don't sacrifice national parks to development or for quick energy.
Is government giving this enough priority? No, and it won't until the people make it a priority.
Do you know anyone who uses solar or wind power? A friend has had solar panels on his house for 20 years. Another friend works in the solar energy business.
What will gas cost a year from now? I'll bet 60 cents to a dollar more.
What alternative energy ought to become widely available? Conservation turning down thermostats, tightening up houses, driving less. A lot of alternative energy uses aren't all that cheap.
How urgent is it to develop alternative energy sources? Very urgent. We need to get off oil. Our grandchildren might like to have a little left when they're around.
Is the government giving this enough priority? Governor Ritter seems quite interested, but the Bush administration couldn't care less they're in the oil business.
Do you know anyone using solar or wind power? Yes, but it requires more tinkering you have to open up things in the morning and shut them at night.
What will gas cost a year from now? I think the economy is slowing down, but the price won't drop. It'll fluctuate 20 cents both ways, but stay about the same.