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…Unfortunately, alternative energy sources are years away and due to deregulation the US citizens have become gas-guzzling SUVs and trucks that have resulted in making us even more dependent upon foreign oil. We probably need to develop our own reserves to a greater extent (especially in Alaska) instead of holding on to them. We also need to develop better relations with the oil producing nations of the Americas such as Canada, Venuzuela, etc… The potential for growth in South America almost equals that of Asia.

Energy efficient vehicles have been developed, eg. hybrids are now on our roads. There was the water powered car developed decades ago but it was too slow. I think a quicker version has been developed but vested interests (eg. oil industry) do not support trials, let alone mass production, of these.

& speaking of South America, in Brazil, biofuel – eg. I think from ethanol, made from sugar cane – is the most commonly used fuel for vehicles. Well over 50 per cent. Of course, it’s not as simple as everyone doing that, new land has to be found to grow the sugar cane plants, which contributes potentially to deforestation. Then there’s the fact that less sugar cane goes for food and more for fuel. So prices – supply and demand – comes into the picture yet again.

I agree with you starthrower on Iran. I don’t know who is behind the current push to invade that, I mean in the USA government? But sounds like the usual military-industrial complex stuff. Also, you guys virtually being in economic recession, bordering on meltdown, may have a lot to do with it? A war always, if temporarily, puts the incumbent government or leader up in the opinion polls.

I think invading Iran is at the USA’s or anyone else’s peril. But esp. the USA, look at history. The USA backed the ousting of Iran’s last democratic government in the 1950’s, under Mossadegh. They installed the Shah, who was basically a brutal dictator behind the veneer of Western style capitalist economy. Then in 1979, the Islamic Revolution which ousted him, it came across as a bitter backlash to what the USA did back in the 1950’s, meddle in Iranians politics and their lives, their sovereignty. No wonder the first thing the revolutionaries did was to storm the USA embassy in Teheran & take hostages. They are more anti-American than probably any other country in the region, and that says a lot. No wonder. Now on with the motley, we’re geared up for another invasion. Will anybody learn from history? Do they know it or have they forgotten it? Or do they want to forget it? The latter, methinks…

TEHRAN—Amidst mounting geopolitical tensions, Iranian officials said Wednesday they were increasingly concerned about the United States of America’s uranium-enrichment program, fearing the Western nation may soon be capable of producing its 8,500th nuclear weapon. "Our intelligence estimates indicate that, if it is allowed to progress with its aggressive nuclear program, the United States may soon possess its 8,500th atomic weapon capable of reaching Iran," said Iranian foreign minister Ali Akbar Salehi, adding that Americans have the fuel, the facilities, and "everything they need" to manufacture even more weapons-grade fissile material. "Obviously, the prospect of this happening is very distressing to Iran and all countries like Iran. After all, the United States is a volatile nation that’s proven it needs little provocation to attack anyone anywhere in the world whom it perceives to be a threat." Iranian intelligence experts also warned of the very real, and very frightening, possibility of the U.S. providing weapons and resources to a rogue third-party state such as Israel.