The best forms of energy use are functions of how energy is used. Intellectual energy is of the highest priority. A lethargic nation intellectually will create far more problems that were avoidable than it needed to. Those who forget the future are doomed to repeat it, may be a truism exemplified by the reliance upon fossils, nuclear and coal energy sources thoughtless of the environmental costs and social effects are dumb energy sources counterproductive to human and global health.
If scientific lexicons are ontologies for-themselves, political lexicons are another. Plainly the corporate world CEO's have many off-stage ideas about the U.S. polity inimnical to public energy and resource use that ought to be compensated for with adroit federal policy rather than regulation. Developing infrastructure for new energy uses that reduce user costs is a good strategy for reducing energy imports from foreign nations. Energy created for individual-citizen use prmarily is a better investment than the corporate power network enthralling users to global concentrated wealth. While low cost nationalsuper-conductor grids may be desirable home power production through several alternative energy means ought to be supported and prioritized federally and at state levels with tageted energy production goals as well as total energy conservation reduction objectives.
Energy use is a factor within an economic structure that might itself be regarded as a malleable ontology with potential radical efficiency increases. Ontological infrastructure synthetic advancement nationally should have paralell goals for increasing public happiness and increasing energy efficeincy through beneficial economic use. There are innumerable ontologgies of energy and economic use nationally and globally that could be managed in combination with more traditional goals oflowest unit production cost and highest sales price exploited by global corporations. As is well documented in the area of ecological economics production inefficiencies are one of the primary sources for boom and bust cyclic economies. Adverse ecology use also creates boom and bust economic cylical phenomena.
The best energy for the future should be such as serves the national needs for the particular existing economic and social ontology of the day. It should be recognized that political and economic ontologies become out of phase with ecological and environmental ontologies over the course of decades. Politicians prefer to remain in particular political and economic ontologies because of their desirre to exploit personal opportunities inherently present without regard for the rational advantages a rephasing the tree simultaneous ontologies of energy, economics and environmental health.
Presently the world has enough energy, and wastes enough energy, for a continuum of renewable economic growth-however globalist corporatism thrives upon dissimulation through political mouthpieces and exploitation of American citizens...it does not support some ideal political or economic environment but instead has pride in its profits and advantages on the way toward catastrophes. It prospers outsourcing jobs and production to China during the recession-it is corporatism. Dumb energy use and dumb economic growth require more expansion continuously as it fails to sustain achieved inertia or temperature of long. It also does not reduce friction sufficiently in personal transport, and moving a half ton of metal and liquids to get a human body going places quickly is inherently inefficient-it has a sort of Delta-V ground movement cost that is avoidable rather easily.
The United States should create an infrastructure of solar photon-electron converting collecting highway surfaces that would be shelters for superconducting lines in liquid hydrogen sub-surface in pipelines. On the surface individual, personal transport modalities for bodies with little more than a 'magic carpet' electronically suspended slightly over a guide-path would be a goal and better use than automobiles. Moving platforms over Meisner or other dedicated field forms should be researched and applied straightaway by the federal government who is solely capable of making an interstate transportation renewal infrastructure on the ground without wheeled vehicles upon it. A variety of very high tech synthetic transport applications exist that can be fielded any time.
Today the Congress should support a plethora of home-power production incentives to make solar, wind and fuel cell electrical production for electric plug-in cars feasible for more Americans that don't want to experiment with home power items. If they can't buy it in Wal-Mart or get a tax break on it many of them don't want it.
The Congress cannot determine the best sources of energy in the present to support much less for the future. It is good to look ahead of course in securing vital interests yet invention and grace are not known a priori. The will to increase energy efficiency, economic and environmental health and social justice are implicitly interrelated elements in energy use., requirements and possibilities.
Mass is convertible to energy though politics converts energy inefficiently. Considering the available conservation and production technologies politically efficiency for energy use must be below 1%. The market controlled by transnational corporatists and government sycophants implicitly structure energy use ineffectively except from the standpoint of channeling profit and technology to favorite energy cults.
Determination of the 'best' energy source is a complex issue involving not simply locating a fuel for mass distribution in order that global corporatist suppliers might maintain a verisimilitude of a tithing income revenue stream. An individual must select an energy supply that is available and efficient, environmentally non-invasive and not a producer of national current accounts deficits and that is even if the masses care about a viable global ecology or national prosperity. Obviously the best fuel for individual Americans would be one that is clean, nearly no-cost and abundant-a fuel the individual could produce at home.
The produce-fuel-at-home selection criteria is perhaps a better way of thinking about a future national fuel than one that global corporatists would release to the public through mass distribution retailers. Fuel cells, electric cars, solar voltaics , wind generators and wind and solar power electrolysis of water from rain and oceans to produce hydrogen is a paradigm that would not be selected by oligarchy disposed global corporatists and sycophant political supporters.
Corporatists will seek to make home-fuel production inefficient undesirable and costly through a variety of means to drive the public herd of consumers into their fuel 'fish- weirs ' of income for fossil fuel, coal-produced hydrogen and centrally distributed fuels that return the greatest profits for global oligarchic allocators.
Energy equals mass times the speed of light squared; a lot of mass-energy exists in this Universe and perhaps beyond. Humanity is challenged to find a response to how and why they should 'use' energy or convert it from one form to another increasing universal entropy. Human beings might also want to consider value theory (axiological) questions about necessity in energy conversions.
Amory Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute has been a regular innovator of energy forms since at least 1976 when he wrote an article for 'Foreign Affairs' highlighting the utility for the United States to move away from fossil fuel use as a primary source of energy for heating and transportation. Lovins has an 'energy is all around us' point of view and is an energy efficiency expert par excellence sought after for consultations by the public.
About Lovins ...
Scientists at the Stanford Linear Accelerator recently generated a new anti-matter particle from matter with the intermediary help of virtual particles. This provides support for the concept that virtual particles for-themselves may be of value one day in providing energy attainable to humanity even in the vast abyss of intergalactic space. Planetary magnetic fields may provide power for electric engines in counter planetary rotation space ships and moons. Saturn's powerful magnetic field rotates every 10 hours forty seven minutes and six seconds.
In contemporary macro-economics the challenge is for the American public to take control of its own energy destiny. Fossil fueled federal current accounts and public deficits are perpetuated by leveraging global oil corporations and sycophantic federal and oil-state politicians. How to get the public onto any low-cost alternate energy home-power infrastructure and more efficient complete energy design ergonomics macro-economically are twin challenges the nation must respond to for shoring up its rotting energy infrastructure.