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Sunday, January 22, 2012

 

Green Seattle Without Power – A Teachable Moment?

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Seattle: Quarter Million Without Power In The Greenest City With The Greenest Mayor
Nearly 230,000 customers were without power late Friday night in Western Washington, about 220,000 of them Puget Sound Energy customers.
http://www.foxnews.com/weather/2012/01/21/storm-in-pacific-northwest-cuts-power-as-thousands-try-to-stay-warm/
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Mayor 'McSchwinn,' Loveless in Seattle
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204301404577172570039861812.html
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As major old-time winter storms hammer the NorthWest with cold, wind, snow and ice; the ManMade Global Warming Alarmists and Goreites are hard to find. And their carbon-taxes, solar panels and wind-turbines seem rather out of touch with nature’s harsh reality for the Greenest People in the US! One wonders how being cold and without power will effect the views and perspectives of these millions of affluent and elitist and idealistic young Greenies? Today’s problem is caused by natural weather hitting the power distribution system. Tomorrow’s problems may well be chronic and man-caused by the unreliable substitute systems that supply the power-grid!
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How are they charging up their electric cars? How are they heating their homes? How are they getting to their upscale jobs and gyms? And how are their bikes working on the snow and ice. An old expression was: you don’t appreciate water until the well goes dry. Perhaps we don’t appreciate reliable, dependable, and affordable energy until the lights go out! Perhaps we are blasé and take this basic critical service for granted when we should be diligent and focused on its affordability, reliability, availability and serviceability.
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Hopefully more people will now focus on the issues with energy substitutions involving intermittent and unreliable alternatives. How many hours of good clear direct sunlight are available each year? How many hours of steady wind, within the range of turbine operating limits, are available each year? How does shutting down the turbines for birds and bats affect service? And for these intermittent sources, what energy storage systems are available to provide service during the “slack and off-line” times”
These are vital questions that need clear and compelling answers.
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2009/10/smart-power-grid-needs-supply.html
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A new enlightenment - Perhaps – but not likely! It’s most likely that our national power infrastructure will continue to be in the hands of ideologues whose primary objectives include choking off carbon-energy of all kinds in order to impose a fundamental change in our lifestyles and standard of living with the ends justifying the means! It’s not about the CO2 just as the spotted-owl was not about the forests and the log-perch are not about the streams.
We need critical-thinkers to challenge the charlatans and pied-pipers of alternative, rationed and expensive energy so that we will arrive at the correct energy system outcomes and compromises. Perhaps this storm may have awakened some slumbering realists.
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http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2012/01/26-feet-of-snow-and-still-falling.html
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http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2012/01/obama-we-dont-need-no-energy.html
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http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2011/12/more-wheels-falling-off-gores-global.html
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http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2011/12/promoting-burning-our-food-in-our.html
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http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2009/04/vt-energy-assessment-challenge.html
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