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  1. The stumbling block for perpetual motion is the efficiency of the process. A mechanical process like the one described is not going to be 100% efficient there will be losses like those from air resistance that will eventually stop the process.

    If the whole apparatus where cooled to absolute zero ( absolute zero is taken as −273.15° on the Celsius scale which equates to −459.67° on the Fahrenheit scale ) where theoretically in a perfect vacuum it might happen. Slight problem no one has gotten to absolute zero or made a perfect vacuum.

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    • Oh yes, I’ve actually heard something about that. Vacuum and Absolute Zero reduces the resistance and will make it more efficient. But I guess one spends more energy into creating those optimal circumstances than one will gain in power output, right?

      And that’s where my expertise in physics ends. 😉

      Fortunately we have many more free power sources to tap into: Sun, wind, tides, rivers, are all old and known for millenia. No idea why we ever had to dabble with nuclear power and coal and all that dirty and dangerous shit.

      Thx for the clever answer, Willow. xoxoxo

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  2. I’m not sure if absolute zero and a perfect vacuum are even possible how you would even measure them is also questionable with the quantum effects that crop up when you even get close. But you are right creating those environments would cost more energy than you could even get.

    I can see a reason for coal in the 18th, 19th, and the first part of the 20th century. Coal was readily available, cheap, and it doesn’t take advanced technology to burn something. I can’t see a good reason for coal today. Of course there are those pesky coal miners in the state of West Virginia.

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    • Dunnae know anything about these things, Willow. But I kinda have to disagree with the need for coal in the early 20th century. We were already more advanced at that time. Not that I’ve been there but I know history n shit. Did you know there were more electric cars than fuel driven in the beginning? So, they knew already how to use electricity for that. And wind and sun were always readily available as well. No need to shovel deep down into the ground and suffer all the dangers of mining. People knew already about the principle of turbine generators. Jeez, they used dynamos to power the lamps at their bicycles. The secret of generating electricity without utilizing heavy machinery was well-known.

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      • Here we will sort of disagree. Technology was too primitive for alternative clean energy in first ¾ of the 20th century.

        Could something like more electric cars been developed. In hindsight, YES. But fossil fuels are comparatively easy to use. Then there is the oil, gas, and mining industries clamoring for short term profits.

        The disaster of fossil fuels didn’t really become apparent until the human population passed about four billion. Yikkers you got me to shift into lecture mode. I guess I always wanted to teach. lol

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        • Lets not forget where those electric cars are being charged from. Coal and oil burning electric plants, and those even more pesky nukes!!! People all see to forget that. Electricity has to come from someplace and Tesla Got shouted down about planetary lines of force and wireless electric transmission! So all you tree hugging , pris driving folks all seem to forget about there that electricity comes from every time you plug in. Not the mention the horror of what the Japanese and Chinese are doing to the environment when they make the batteries for those cars, its a fuckin crisis!

          http://www.hybridcars.com/forums/showthread.php?99798-Regarding-Prius-Outdoes-Hummer-in-Environmental-Damage

          Like most human endeavors, the problem isn’t in the idea, its in the execution.

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