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Solar Solutions

The Ring

You know how saturn has rings around it? Why not make a ring of solar panels around the earth? They could absorb tons of sunlight and we won’t need oil. Though it may cost a lot, In the long run it’s worth it. Think of tons of free power and all we have to do is not break the ring. Problem solved. Except for the chances of things like astroids harming the ring, the idea is perfect. By:Oneoneone4.

The Domes

Think of all the money we wasted in the war for oil. We could of used that money to construct dome civilizations. We can have large cities inside of domes made of solar panels. We can have farms outside the dome to get crops to grow, and inside it’s just going to be a bit dark. We can easily live with that. You have to admit, the dome could be kind of cool. Oil would not be a problem. By:Oneoneone4.

Water Solutions

Water Highways

Why not have highways for boats? We can have each boat run on the energy it gets from the waves, and not need gas. Just maybe get people to row the boats or simply push from the back. This will make cars almost useless, but that’s no problem. We can put things at the bottom of said highways to power the cities from the currents power. It would be perfect with the proper funding. By:Oneoneone4.

Wind Solutions

A Windmill For Every House
Why not power everything with windmills? It would be easy to set up every roof with windmills, and we simply let the power blow in. Just imagine living in a place with tons of thunderstorms cutting out your power, and now they are supplying it. If the wind doesn’t blow, we would have to use stocked up power. By:Oneoneone4.

Other Solutions

Conveyor Belts

Replacing roads with conveyor belts. Over them will be a large circular glass half cyclinder, to keep out the weather. The conveyor belts will be moving at varying speeds, and will have standard seats every couple meters. Each conveyor belt will consist of 3 belts, each going at a different speed to its destination. If you want to go faster move further to the left. By:RMcD. Heavily Edited By:Oneoneone4.

 
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1.Except the cost of getting the rings, getting them to space, and somehow building it, and probably orbiting problems, great idea.

2. You would have to light the entire place, and some cities are HUGE. Massive cost aswell.

 
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This would cost so much money, tax payers would just commit suicide.

 
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apparently you think solar energy is the way to go… not so good of an idea.

1. it costs… a lot

2. 12 hours a day =P (at about max 14ish?)

3. not very cost efficient.

 
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If you want solar energy, a Dyson Sphere is the way to go.

 
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You would have to light the entire place, and some cities are HUGE. Massive cost aswell.

Plus the lack of air would be a problem too.

 
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OPeople cant breathe then.

Oh someone said it.

 
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The cost is just to large to even start thinking about. Were talking about trillions and trillions of dollars. Most likely more but I am not sure what is more then trillion without being immature.

 
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Quadrillion…
is a real word.

 
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Well you get the point. We are in no position to use money for something that is no guarantee.

 
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Please post more solutions for me to add.

 
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Hey, I have an idea!

Burn Darwin Award winners for fuel!

it already happened once…

 
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whats that?

 
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These have all been thought of before…except maybe your insane boat highway idea.

 
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That will take a long time to build boat highways in the midwest…

 
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How about Arcologies? Basically cities designed from the ground up for ecological efficiency. The idea was pioneered by Paolo Soleri and there is currently one in development (Arcosanti). We could also replace trucks with hybrid airships or using the aforementioned waterways, it would probably go a long way towards reducing pollution.

 
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Highways for boats that use no gas, making cars useless? O.o

Sounds like bad Sci-Fi.

 
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Real bad sci-fi

 
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Hang on … how exactly would these boats use no gas?

You can’t get power from nothing.

 
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Just use slaves. To nullify the cost.

And just use nuclear fuel. Anyone, who cares, wait until we are actually out of oil to worry about it. :D We can handle the adverse affects of greenhouse gases easily.

Or alternately. And this would solve all problems faced by humans.

Kill everyone.

 
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Just use slaves. To nullify the cost.
And just use nuclear fuel. Anyone, who cares, wait until we are actually out of oil to worry about it. :D We can handle the adverse affects of greenhouse gases easily.
Or alternately. And this would solve all problems faced by humans.
Kill everyone.

I like you.

 
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In the words of greg:

Did you know the sun is the number 1 cause of global warming? Take it out!

 
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How do you want to bring the energy the those rings to the earth? You cant use a cable. there are simple, cheaper and more efficient ways to solve the energy crises.

 
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Well…they are developing wireless energy.

That idea isn’t that bad, as in space there is closer to 24-hour strong sunlight. It was in Popular Science a while back, although in the form of millions of tiny cells floating in space.

 
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Originally posted by Jabor:

Hang on … how exactly would these boats use no gas?

You can’t get power from nothing.

Well with an emerging market it is easier to make changes. Cars and trucks are pretty dead set in the way they operate and the infrastructure that supports them, but with boats I do believe there is more leeway. For starters there has been a great deal of research on solar-powered boats with a number of already functional contenders (boat design being more flexible than car design), and Marinas provide an easier source of base change then millions of scattered gas stations.

Even barring solar technology advances in even older methods yield greater efficiency (say turbo sails which can reduce fuel consumption by perhaps 15% on large commercial vessels).