Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Letters to the Editor - Weekly Issue of November 22, 2010

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Letters to the Editor - Weekly Issue of November 22, 2010

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Readers write in about the Monitor's "Future Focus" cover story on the future of energy.

The future of energy

Regarding your Nov. 8 cover story "Where are we headed? The future of energy," it's worth considering the lack of a level playing field in the energy market.

How are we going to change the shape of our energy markets when the government's subsidies and tax breaks to the fossil fuel industry far outweigh those to the renewable energy industry?

Jan Kuniholm

Cheshire, Mass.

I appreciated the article's historical background, and consideration of future pros and cons. I would be most interested in a comparison of energy sources using the concept of embodied energy - the commercial energy (fossil fuels, nuclear, etc.) used to make, transport, and dispose of products.

This method of accounting looks at the total energy necessary for an entire product life cycle. This would give a clearer understanding of the "return on investment" of an energy source.

Shelley Scott

Bellflower, Calif.

Your presentation was clear and correct. The citation of the work of Vaclav Smil is particularly appropriate. The "Bright Future" needs more skepticism. The general public feels some emerging technology will come along and keep the future like the past. …

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