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Subject:  Re: Shell begins near-commercial shale productio Date:  9/4/2005  3:12 PM
Author:  Imaginistics Number:  350 of 492

This is addressed not towards the specific poster but
towards the "conventioal wisdom" in the US and elsewhere..

3.5 to 1 recovery to energy input ratio.

3.5 to 1 energy profit ratio? Why even solar has
a higher energy profit ratio, and wind is stratospheric
by comparison at 15 to 1. Yet we ard told wind and solar
energy profits aren't quite high enough one minute,
then told of the "promise" of shale the next minute.

Why doesn't the nation take more interest
in solar? Because Exxon doesn't own the sun
(nor Shell owns the wind) and decentralized power
(figuratively and literally) isn't as sexy
as centralized power they own and control and
make money from...
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