Quora – most valuable substance in the future

Quora – What do you think will be the most valuable, useful material of the future?

Coal is going to be fairly important in about 20 years and for about 50 years.

There are a lot of the metals we need to build stuff in space within the rocks on the moon, and a lot of oxygen in the moon rocks, but not much carbon and very little hydrogen. Coal is essentially a solid mixture of carbon and hydrogen. We are going to need it, a lot of it, to provide the raw materials for biology to populate large orbital habitats, and we are going to need a lot of them, quite soon, to give us the space and options that most of us consider a necessary part of a reasonable standard of living. And we need to give every person on the planet a reasonable standard of living.

We need to stop burning coal – soon. We need it, for far more important purposes.

We have work to do!

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) - see www.tedhowardnz.com/money
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