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On Study: Slow Down Natural Gas Development

There's enough undeveloped Hydro in Quebec and Labrador to power most of North America...Unfortunately there are also segmented indigenous self-interests that have been conditioned to believe that the land should simply continue to provide for them as distant descendants of nomadic people....Now through legal-political leverage rather than work. There are also lots of up-and-coming constitutional lawyers who are eager to make names for themselves in filing landclaims to leverage historical anachronisms in exchange for serious financial gains in modern times as well...All based on a sense of historical entitlement that is uniquely Canadian. So don't count on Hydro to come to the rescue, without making some serious concessions to a privileged class of Canadians. Too bad that so many people have been conditioned to fear nuclear, when cars are still killing and maiming more people on a daily basis than have ever been hurt by nuclear energy in it's entire history... Cue the self-rightous reactions based on misplaced guilt, fear, and knee-jerk ignorance.
July 31, 2011    View Comment    

On CSP - The Solar Alternative That Rivals Nuclear

Allright...Quick math for an attempted fact check

 

Accionna has 64Mw on 0.625 suare mile facility,
and claims the 100 square miles could power the US
Yet a facility 160 times larger (to cover 100 sq.miles) would presumably scale up in a linear fashion and provide 10 240Mw
Yet the US consumes about 3.7 billion Mw/hrs per year
So am I missing something ?

Accionna has 64Mw on 0.625 square mile facility,
and claims the 100 square miles could power the US

Yet a facility 160 times larger (to cover 100 sq.miles)
would presumably scale up in a linear fashion and provide 10 240Mw (capacity)
Yet the US consumes about 3.7 billion Mw/hrs per year
So am I missing something ?

 

June 16, 2011    View Comment    

On Is geoengineering ready for prime time?

  Well...Like it or not we've already been 'geo-engineering' our climate for many decades..Either purposely, or inadvertantly...So any political or ethical questions seem moot at this late stage.

A particularly intriguing form of Geo-Engineerign seems to be getting toyed with up at the edge of Space in the Mesosphere...Either that, or the Dept of Defense and the US. Navy are trying to weaponize the Climate.

Now's there's a question for the poli-ethical pundits ;-]

 SEE:   A Cloudy Coverup for Climate Change

    http://environauts.wordpress.com/2009/12/02/coverup/

 

Just
Sayin
Jo

 

 

October 21, 2010    View Comment    

On Smart Grid – Coming to a Town Near You


  This is an especially interesting area of Energy development, since it will encourage the generation of "Nega-Watts" while hopefully also eliminating huge losses in transmission, all while concurrently enabling the kind of Grid(2.0?) that will be required to integrate wide-spread feed-ins from renewable sources...

 As Regulators and Producers seek to implement these ideas, I'm very interested in seeing what level of interest there will be in truly OPEN (ie. non-proprietary) solutions/technologies/protocols, and how any other barriers to adoption can be overcome for a greater/collective good, that won't simply serve bigger interests....Especially the barriers that might persist from the earlier history of the big Utilities, and any resulting business culture that might still remain today.

I've started exploring this on my Blog, and would be very pleased to get your valued feedback !


  http://environauts.wordpress.com/2010/04/16/grid2-0-top-reasons-for-upgrading/


Thanks Much
Jo Ferguson 
April 16, 2010    View Comment