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    Quote[/b] (Amateur_Expert @ July 12 2005,10:11)]A big problem that we'll face very soon is the complete depletion of fossil fuels in 10-20 years. This will address that problem by providing a new energy source. Medical research and climatology will continue progressing. This won't make aids research "go away".
    The timescale is a little uncertain, but it's clear the days of fossil fuel are numbered. We would do well to invest more money into plasma fusion research, and a space elevator would definitely make microwave-based solar-power stations viable. That would be a boon.

    Another technology is thermal depolymerisation; it mimics the process by which the earth transforms organic matter into petroleum, and a recent Discover Magazine article describes how this technology, fully implemented, could supply half the US current consumption of petroleum -- WITHOUT adding carbon to the biosphere!
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    Quote[/b] (JustLikeAPill @ July 12 2005,1:04)]someone would blow it up. you know it.
    See this:

    http://www.liftport.com/faq1.php#basics4f
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    Quote[/b] (Lauderdale @ July 12 2005,12:57)]What if the weight on the space end of the tether causes the earth to wobble on its axis and the violent shaking causes earthquakes and tsunamis. Furthemore, my CPs would slide off the bench and my drink would fall off the table.
    Actually the weight on the space end will be just enough to keep the ribbon balanced. And the moons (along with every other satelite's) gravitational pull already causes the earth to wobble.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (JustLikeAPill @ July 12 2005,1:04)]someone would blow it up. you know it.
    It would be close to impossible to attack this thing once it's up and running. Only a small portion of i would be susceptible to attack in the first place. Secondly, it'll be even harder trying to attack more than one ribbon once there are multiple ribbons installed. Also, It's not like the area is going to be filled with tourists or civilians, anyone who is on site is there because they where assigned. The airspace around it will be restricted, so i imagine in the event of something 9/11-like anything flying in the area unauthorized will be considered a threat and will be taken care off.
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    Quote[/b] (D muscipula @ July 12 2005,11:26)]I meant something like a peer-reviewed scientific publication. I reviewed the links there, and there's not much in it that has been tainted with the marks of science.

    The problem with Hubbart curves (which is what the theory that cartoon illustrates is based on) is that they don't really consider technological advancement; which is also why they have to keep revising the projections. The projections are constantly being pushed back, which is why so many of my father's generation no longer pay heed to the alarmists: according to their original predictions, we should already be out of petroleum. So while there's no doubt that things are being depleted that are probably not being renewed, the deadline is constantly being revised.

    The great thing about technological advance is it enables greater efficiency and greater utilization of resources. Thus, the GNP of the US has continued to increase, in spite of the fact that the energy consumption didn't increase at a similar rate. There was an article in (i believe) the Wall Street Journal recently pointing out the importance of R&D by citing the fact that the US economy has been able to continue forward in spite of increasing energy costs because of improvements in efficiency.
    Yeah like i said i read it sometime a long time ago, and technology has advanced much since then. So we're using less now than we where, it still doesn't change the fact that it is going to end, and pretty soon (definately within my lifetime), and we can continue and use less amounts of it but it's still a non-renewable energy source. The fact that it's going to happen soon makes any new energy sources welcome.
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    Quote[/b] (Amateur_Expert @ July 12 2005,4:39)]
    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Lauderdale @ July 12 2005,12:57)]What if the weight on the space end of the tether causes the earth to wobble on its axis and the violent shaking causes earthquakes and tsunamis. Furthemore, my CPs would slide off the bench and my drink would fall off the table.
    Actually the weight on the space end will be just enough to keep the ribbon balanced. And the moons (along with every other satelite's) gravitational pull already causes the earth to wobble.
    I think Lauderdale was employing a rhetorical style known as "sarcasm".
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    Use the answer for future reference [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img]
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    Suppose Ozzy or I cut the ribbon. Would the weighted end fly off into space and crash into and destroy out moon?
    Without that gravatational pull we would have no tides in the ocean and it is possible, that lack of stress on the earth's surface would lessen the chance of earthquakes and Tsunamis...no more full moons to agitate the crazies...the possibilities for good are endless.

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