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Short and to the point. Not if Big Oil has anything to say about it. And they always do!
Of course, there have been changes.Leaded Gasoline was phased out of the USA starting 35 years ago.ULSD is now required virtually everywhere.Sulfur emissions have been regulated on power plants for years.Some areas mandate 10% Ethanol in all the gasoline soldSome areas mandate 5% Biodiesel in all diesel sold.Catalytic Converters have been used on cars for 35 years, and today's cars run much cleaner than those from 50 years ago. Diesel Particulate Filters, for better, or worse, are now mandated on all new Diesel vehicles.And, of course, there have been fuel efficiency standards. Slow, but they are there. My '76 AMC Hornet would struggle to get near 20 MPG. Now, most similar vehicles have a 25% to 50% fuel efficiency improvement (mid 20's to low 30's), and it makes a difference. Although, I do believe that they could do better.
What we really need to do is lower global energy consumption, but that is easier said than done.
Actually, this is the issue. A tiny percentage of the world's population has had the use of the majority of the energy resources up till now.
Though this may give some relief to land based bio fuel developments, I have serious reservations concerning any meddling with the oceans.Bio fuel production is not the great panacea some would have us believe. Deforestation of the Amazon and Borneo rain forests (and others) is already a cause for concern. But here, at least, the damage is evident. My concern is, in part, that beneath the waves, a great deal can be hidden, thus keeping a check on such developments would prove far more difficult than land based production.But my main concern is that the oceans play the most influential part in life on the planet. The consequences of playing God with the oceanic eco system could be devastating and far reaching. We may divide the oceans into the Pacific, Indian, Atlantic, Red sea, Baltic Sea etc. but nature has no such divides. A serious problem with a development off the Pacific coast of S. America could easily have consequences in the North Sea eventually. Containing any such problems which may arise would be nigh on impossible.Our new source of energy needs to be genuinely ecofriendly. At the moment, it looks like solar, wind and hydro are the only near alternatives.
The problem is that solar, wind and hydro are not really "alternatives" because they can't supply anything like enough power.
Seaweed is just another way of harvesting solar energy. I don't think there is anything wrong with doing that, as long as we don't get too carried away.