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It's not Greenland its Iceland
I believe Greenland is a country that has harnessed geothermal on a large scale. Their are many technologies to consider but,
Isn't this thread about another increase to our gas bills?
424now has outlined the major alternate energy tech I was thinking of. Hydro electric is a good one too. There are major environmental impacts that come with that tech. Swamp an entire valley and your gonna wipe something out. A good example of this is the Hetch hetchy valley that was swamped and now is a man-made lake just north of Yosemite in CA. They say it was a valley of comparable natural beauty to Yosemite. "They" being the park rangers that give you the tour.
Fuel-cell vehicles are an interesting means of vehicular transport. I like the idea of water being the exhaust byproduct.
Then of course there is the holy grail of energy, Fission. I don't have high hopes for that in the near future.
Here is what keeps me hopeful, everyone thought automobiles were a passing fad until they caught on.
A majority of people thought Bell was wasting his time with that telephone thing.
As Steamboatconcience points out some of the technology looks and smells a little funky at first but hey, I can handle a little funk as opposed to a nuclear plant. Those things give me the heebe jeebes. The byproduct is simply too destructive in nature.
I like the idea of solar panels on every roof. Take it a step further though, make the roofing material out of photoelectric materials. make the paint, siding and shutter photoelectric on the sun-side of every new building. Every time a roof, paint and shutters go on a building the grid gets a little larger. Instead of AC delivering the juice to a house and a majority of the devices having to rectify it to DC the devices could be 12VDC to begin with.
All those little rectifiers out of a job.
As time goes by the devices move to a more solid state complete assembly. The new computer entertainment systems are a good example. A single computer will replace your VCR-DVD-Satellite/Cable Box. Then the only time you will need to use a motor is when you will want a hard copy of something. You will have one low voltage device handling all your entertainment media. Then this can be displayed on the next-gen LCD panels they will use even less energy than their current low levels.
Eventually enough DC is generated by the buildings themselves that scaling back large scale AC electrical production becomes a viable option. Perhaps we keep it at the same levels and figure out a way to use the AC to benefit us in a new way. These are just a few of the possibilities I can think of off the top of my head. Their are many higher qualified technicians out their right now working on ideas that are going to change our world.
I did say technicians as I was one a long time ago. Engineers may think it up but its the technicians that make it work.
Poor choice of words Mr. Jameson
"We have a minor cash flow problem,"
Hey! Believe it or not summer will come and at my campsite your options will be Chili, Ketchup, Mustard, Diced Onions, Cheese and Jalepenos! Yes I said Ketchup. An seein that this is a bronsonville braut, only the most powerful sausage on the grill and we fill you clean up, I have to ask, Do you want Ketchup? Well?
My pop told me, "Its not only what you do but how you do it." I like to think he was referring to the quality of the job at hand. Lets have a debate that doesn't carry over accusation and innuendo. It detracts from the subject.
Opinion & Recollection
Does anyone recall the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan? I am hopeful that this thread recalls the events that lead to the creation of the Taliban in Afghanistan.
We loaded that nation up with weapons in order to assist them in their independently confirmed resistance to the Soviet invasion. We gave them guns and taught them how to use them. And use them they did. Very well, for years. They mastered the art of desert fighting. Then when the Soviets finally decided it was to expensive to continue the assault. We gave these soldiers a pat on the back and left. Russia is no longer interested and the U.S. was finished with them. They had a country ravaged by war, guns, bullets and bombs. They also had no money, no food and no civilian leadership. Walking away from that was a major mistake.
These events are recent enough for most of us to have had some experience with them. If your to young ask your parents. So I feel it fair to ask, What is the lesson here? What should we have learned?
Now hold those thoughts.
O.K Lets for the sake of argument allow that we are in Iraq.
At this point does anyone out there think its a good Idea for the American military to walk away given the local political agendas that are currently in play? In particular that pesky northern neighbor.
Do you think for a millisecond that Iran will allow an opposing ideology to come to power next door?
Do you feel comfortable with the idea of leaving the Kurds to contend with a region opposed to their very existence?
What do you think will occur if we draw down to a token presence in the region? What kind of government will convene in the resulting vacuum?
Do you suppose the Sunni and the Shiite factions will peacefully coexist?
I don't have to like the President to support the U.S.A. What do you suppose our foreign relations will have to say if after invading this sand box,
we walk away?
God rest his soul.
Hah hahahahahahahah! Lol
Hi ho! Hi ho! I'm off to shovel snow!
I had to vote for you Knowitall. It was sad in here.
Gentlemen I have hope for us all. This little adjustment will shake us up but good. I hope its short lived enough to not affect SS. I can't offer more than that at this point, but we'll keep our eyes on the prize as well as the skies.
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