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On Dismal Economics and Increased CO2 of Montpelier District Heating Plant

Bob, Is this not what nature does? Is this not what the Amazon and other rain forests do? Perhaps we should allow the wild places in Minnesota to naturally grow what timber and undergrowth they will, while we focus on non CO2 producing sources.

May 16, 2015    View Comment    

On Dismal Economics and Increased CO2 of Montpelier District Heating Plant

Willem, I might be misconstruing your comment, but to my thinking What you say is only true when the only option to coal is is Biomas and If use of Biomas is not being made as a substitute for Carbon Free Dispatchible sources.

BTW, has anyone evaluated the long term benefits of Natural Gas vs Biomas if the Biomas were ploughed in the ground and replaced with a new crop to continue removing CO2 from the atmosphere?

I realise there are no easy answers.

May 15, 2015    View Comment    

On Dismal Economics and Increased CO2 of Montpelier District Heating Plant

Puting aside "nuclear trolls" or Solar Trolls, or Wind Trolls, or whatever-is-your-favorite energy source trolls  for the moment.

It really beggars the imagination to see how anyone who claims to care about atmospheric CO2 can defend re-releasing already trapped and sequestered CO2 into the atmosphere for any reason whatsoever.

I guess if you happen to love something you'll somehow always find a way to justify it.

To my mind, we should be finding ways to actively remove CO2 from the atmosphere, and leave it trapped,  by burying it in the ground. 

May 13, 2015    View Comment    

On Energy 24/7: No Fuel Costs - The Sexy Seduction of Renewables [PODCAST]

Obviously fou missed the phrase "Fast Neutron" in Steve's post.

May 9, 2015    View Comment    

On Uber vs. Google: Electric Vehicles Are About To Get Really Interesting

I would be okay with self-driving cars if they had steering  wheels, brakes and accellerator pedals, and if they didn't overide me when I overide them.

I would hate for a car to drag me at 20 mph when my wife is in the back seat hoping to get to the ER for emergency surgery on a burst appendix.

As I recall Google's vision of self-driving cars don't include stearing wheels.

May 2, 2015    View Comment    

On Uber vs. Google: Electric Vehicles Are About To Get Really Interesting

I live about 5 miles (max) from the Hospital. My son once stabbed his his wrist accidentally. Lots of blood, screaming, fear and anxiety. Fortunately I have a car.

If I had waited for an ambulance, not knowing if any nerves were damaged, I would not have forgiven myself. Further, the cost of the car ride to the Hospital was maybe 5 cents, an Ambulance would have cost several Hundreds. If I had some hundreds to spare, I'd rather use it for the $150 ER Co-Pay.

Having your own ride is handy for many other reasons. I could do grocceries whenever the need arises. I could take my wife out for dinner on the spurr of the moment, we could decide, last minute to watch a movie and  still get there on time. I also have more confidence in my own driving skills when there is an emergency. I certainly don't want to be driven at 25mph in the midst of an emergency.

In North Dakota where I live, the Red River used to flood, and some years past, folks had to evacuate. I wonder if Lyft/Uber ride has room for some 300 or so rsidents.

I would need to wait and see how the Google ride driverless vehicles work first before I decide if I like it or not, although there are situations where it could be a God Send.  But I doubt I'd ever trust my family transportation needs to an outside vendor.

May 1, 2015    View Comment    

On Uber vs. Google: Electric Vehicles Are About To Get Really Interesting

Does this include 3:00am trips to the ER?

May 1, 2015    View Comment    

On A Nuclear Future Means Clean, Economic Electricity; Yet Fossil Fuels Reign

You are forgetting one crucial point. Renewable REQUIRE natural gas that does emit CO2. Nuclear does Not.

April 28, 2015    View Comment    

On Will Natural Gas Peaker Plants Become Obsolete?

I wonder.. Is it widely known that MIT Tech Review is not an adjunct to MIT, or is there a disclaimer somewhere likely to be seen, to that effect? This is the first I am hearing of it for sure.

Normally any formal publication beating my name (or the company I work for's name) is generally attributed to me (or to my employer) by the public or even legally unless there is a disclaimer to disabuse readers of this attribution.

April 27, 2015    View Comment    

On Why Ecomodernists Should Embrace Wind Power

The country in question is Nigeria, it is Africa's largest economy and has a pop. of 160 Million souls. It is not widely known, but Nigeria is looking to buy Nuclear Reactors from Russia:- http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/14/nigeria-russia-nuclear-idUSL5N0XB3S820150414 . Personally I think SMR's would be preferable.

With its growing population and need for electric power for industry, it would be vastly preferable for Nigeria to have SMR's than build more oil plants (they have lots of oil). I'd hate for them to chop down forests for "Biomas", or fry their fragile grid with variable wind. Ah yes, Nigeria already has Hydo-Electricity from the Niger River.

Basically SMRs would probably be a good fit for Nigeria, and I wouldn't worry too much about Boko-Haram. BH is the most Hated group in all of Africa, and the inability or unwillingness to defeat them was the leading factor for loss by the out-going president in the recently held national elections.

I would not be too concerned that Nigerians can safely operate Nukes, at least not for reasons of educational and technical training.

April 26, 2015    View Comment    

On Why Ecomodernists Should Embrace Wind Power

It is certainly no fantasy. Just because enviro-whackos (I identify scaremongers as Whackos) have succeeded in impeding gen4 nuclear in the west doesn't mean it is not progressing in other lands.

 

http://en.yibada.com/articles/28409/20150421/china-eyes-commence-world-s...

 

Beat the flumox out of me why people paranoidly oppose something they say they want, that's abundant safe reliable clean power. 

In the United Staes, we did develop (nearly) the Integral Fast (breeder) reactor, and even ran test reactors, then when it came to funding the final plant that could be mass manufactured, THEN, enviro-whacko , now our US Secretary of State (then former senator) John Kerry, and Bill Clinton Kiboshed it.

As a result persons not in the know can call it a fantasy. Oh Well!

April 24, 2015    View Comment