Had to jump into this seeing that you got down voted, you have some real valid points. I would like to add a couple. If you notice the OPEC countries, for the most part, are very unproductive in their economies, they are dependent on the oil revenues for everything. Its like a crutch and causes dependency, the petrodollar has hurt us in the same way. If we compare the very productive Japanese economy with those of OPEC its interesting. Japan has no oil, very little agriculture, basically no natural resources and look at what they produce! We have a window of opportunity to turn this around, but just like a huge oil tanker it can't turn quickly. The country needs to work on sustainability, not only with alternate fuels, but with agriculture, water use, and natural resources as well.
There is an abundance of energy that can be safely used, but the age of oil is coming to an end. I know little about thorium, but solar, wind, bio fuels, geothermal, tidal wave and basin, fusion and fission all should be developed.
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