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Perhaps the hardest technological hurdle needed to be overcome would be developing arocket capable of putting the panels into
Preble and other experts say.
The currently plannedexpendable rockets won't be able to do the job.And
itself is considered risky business.
Nearly every U.S. Air Force or other quasi-military satellite program is now behind schedule and over budget.
"There are nocompany(s), however, prepared to assume the immense financial risk of initiatingconstruction of (a
however. It would be akin to asking a company to build Hoover Damor the interstate system without federal assistance," Preble says."
There are simply too many engineering,financial, regulatory and managerial risks for any group we have been able to identify toundertake
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The world’s leading scientists agree that the planet is warming and that human activities especially the burning of fossil fuels and the clearing of forestsare a big part of the cause.In a2007 report, theIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Change,the international group of scientists charged with reviewing, validating and summarizing the latest research concluded thatthe warming of the climate system is unequivocal. They stated that it is 90 percent certain thathuman-generated greenhouse gases account for most of the warming in the past 50 years.Manypublished scientific reports have documented the actual observed impacts of a warming planet including dramatic melting of the Arctic ice cap, shifting wildlife habitats, increased evidence of wildfires, heat waves and more intense storms. Americans are now seeing the impacts of globalwarming in their backyards. The warming trend poses serious risks to the economy and theenvironment.Douglas
, Energy Security, , A Publication of Ethanol AcrossAmerica
Since 1949, U.S. interests and objectives in the region have included maintaining theuninterrupted flow of Persian Gulf oil,
ensuring the security of Israel, and promoting a comprehensive resolutionof the Arab-Israeli conflict.
The 1990 Persian Gulf War provided the United States with first handexperience of the cost of protecting oil supplies associated with an escalated militaryconflict in the Middle East.
“The original intent of Saddam Hussein,” said Senator John Glenn (R-OH) in 1990, “was totake over 70% of the world’s known oil reserves. That would give him control over much of the energy for the whole industrializedworld.”
The energy security cost to the U.S. of maintaining the uninterrupted flow of oil
from this area is approximately $50 billion per year,
and depending on various assumptions in severalstudies, can
make the true cost of oil,
counting military and energy security expenses,
as high as $100-$150per barrel.
A study by the National Defense Council Foundation (NDCF) in 2003 provides the most in-depth examination of this