This past Wednesday marked the end of the orbit for Sir Arthur C. Clarke, scientist, wiseman and most famously, author of 2001: A Space Odyssey. In his list of three departing wishes, kicking our planet’s oil habit was second, along with finding evidence of extraterrestrial life and ending the civil conflict in Sri Lanka, his adopted home of 50 years.
I would like to see us kick our current addiction to oil and adopt clean energy sources. For over a decade I’ve been monitoring various new energy experiments but they’ve yet to produce commercial scale results. Climate changes have added a new sense of urgency. Our civilization depends on energy but we can’t allow oil and coal to slowly bake our planet.