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U.S. Navy: Computers were more costly than typewriters Featured

Renewables too expensive? Navy Secy. Mabus: "Every new technology is more expensive. What if we hadn’t started using computers because they were more expensive than typewriters? What if we hadn't started using cell phones because they were more expensive than land lines? Where would we be?"

 Notes:   Here's a longer excerpt from Climate Progress.   

"U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. . . emphasized that 'drilling alone will never solve our national security concerns over foreign oil.' Mabus went on to announce that the Navy has made a commitment to get 50% of its energy from renewable sources, like biofuels, solar and wind, by 2025. That's the most ambitious goal for renewable energy in the country—higher even than California's! 

"Mabus pointed out that the Navy has always led in pioneering new sources of fuel, whether it was from moving from sail to coal in the 1850s, to oil in the 20th century, and nuclear energy in the 1950s. 'Every time, there were doubters and naysayers," he said forcefully. 'Every time. And every single time, they were wrong and they will be wrong again this time.'

"Mabus vigorously countered the argument that renewable energy is more expensive. 'Well of course it is! Every new technology is more expensive. What if we hadn't started using computers because they were more expensive than typewriters? What if we hadn't started using cell phones because they were more expensive than land lines? Where would we be?'

SourceClimate Progress

Image source: Jack Gordon

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Submitted by
Gillian King
Created
2012-05-10
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byclimatechangecomedian

May 22, 2012

One of your best bites! Yes, you do get what you pay for in life and with society. Yes, investing in items like computers and renewable energy, instead of typewriters and fossil fuels, can make this to be a cleaner and more efficient world. Great job!
byTom Smerling

June 12, 2012

Come to think of it, the first automobiles were a lot more expensive than horses. . .

One reason we switched -- besides speed and convenience -- and never went back to horses was a certain smelly type of pollution. Around 1900, NY City suffered from a major horse manure problem, as the uncontrolled droppings from 10,000 horses threatened to bury the city.

The Great Horse Manure Crisis of 1894
http://bytesdaily.blogspot.com/2011/07/great-horse-manure-crisis-of-1894.html

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