Thoughts on Clean Energy Solutions
The costs of adapting to problems caused by increased CO2 in the atmosphere - 5-20% of annual GDP by 2050. The cost required to stabilize atmospheric CO2 (via clean energy systems, biofuels, reduction of energy use) - 1% of annual GDP (Biofuels by David M Mousdale, CRC Press - 2008, ISBN: 978-1-4200-5124-7)
Scientists say that fossil fuels are not sustainable (meaning they will run out). That issue coupled with our ongoing & growing energy demands, and the need to maintain secure energy sources so that we each don't have to spend more money per unit of energy we need (imagine the costs of fuel as the earth begins to run low on crude oil) has to lead us to seriously consider what our own land has to offer in regards to the ability to make electricity, grow fuel and grow heat sources. Change to clean energy sources is not to be feared and should be embraced if we care at all about the future of our nation and the future of our offspring..
Some people say that ethanol, wind, and solar are not the answers to our energy problems, however if we fail to address the situation now using these clean energy technologies at a minimum as a stop gap, we may not exist later on when the practical use of hydrogen and nuclear fusion could be realized.
Some Famous quotes to consider:
Change is the law of life and those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.
John F. Kennedy
We meant to change a nation, and instead, we changed a world.
Every reform movement has a lunatic fringe.
When you're finished changing, you're finished.
Times change and we change with them.
We all need to accept the responsibility of reducing our energy consumption at home, but beyond that we need to accept clean energy sources that come about and should welcome them to our communities as a symbol that we are not going to stand by and let humanity destroy our world. Upstate and Central NY should be a much larger clean energy hub than it is now, as we have an abundance of farmland and agricultural knowledge, numerous technology schools, Cornell's biomass program to support Cellulosic Ethanol and heating source development, and the growing desire to support clean energy technologies.
"Middle East oil needs to become an 'alternate' energy source...." - Ian Paddock
"There is only one way to do things - the RIGHT WAY" - Ian Paddock
"It's easier to turn a blind eye to the worlds energy & environmental problems and to assume someone else will fix these problems, than it is to deal with
PILOT $$ from a Wind Farm can benefit an entire community - not just those with turbines on their land. If implemented right, the entire tax base would be supplemented from a PILOT - meaning the portion local citizens are responsible could be reduced.
Wind turbines will not change the flow of the St Lawrence River, get in the way of boats, pollute the river, raise or lower the water level, cause fish kills, or block any view of the river from shore - the river will look better than it ever has
Organizations who have arguments to present against commercial wind power, should offer up some practical clean energy solutions in their local communities in trade for hindering wind power development. Solutions such as helping residents obtain tax breaks & grants for clean energy installation and energy savings technology at home, setting up recycling and reuse programs where they don't exist, educating local citizens on energy conservation, and bringing awareness to technologies and related clean energy concepts that would both help individuals, our society, and the planet are possible.
The BP disaster in the Gulf Coast should open our eyes to reality if they are not open already. We need to consider escalating our efforts by taking the next steps in our evolution by striving to install solar systems on every home and residential wind turbines where ever feasible. We also need to consider using ocean based wind turbines to replace oil rigs for the following reasons:
- This would take pressure off of on land wind turbines where controversy exists
- Wind is always abundant on the water
- They could be out of sight of citizens who don't want to look at them
Getting 2% of our power from wind is better than getting 0% from wind..
Wind turbines are one of many stepping stones on the way to the implementation of more efficient energy sources such as fuels cell, hydrogen, and nuclear fusion, and is part of a larger solution of clean energy options that will lead us to a more stable society by eliminating foreign dependencies, creating US manufacturing, installation, maintenance, and other related jobs that would be created if we put solar on every roof (click here to see my calculations on how much we as a nation, could produce at home), and by slowing down greenhouse effects by reducing the human contribution (and thus ensuring we don't turn the place
into a desert)
Some want to credit me with starting controversy on wind power - to you I say Thank You. Many years ago I recognized the need to look out for the future of our planet, so for recognizing me for having such foresight I again say Thank You.
Good vs Evil:
Greed gets in the way of what I feel, with how 'advanced' our society is today, are the basic rights to life - food, water, and care for ailments that we didn't ask for... Greed prevents all from having these by causing a basic lack of a desire to share and to help each other out.
"Desires of the flesh make a person do stupid things"
"We need to focus on similarities instead of differences"
Judgment in its harsher form comes not in that of trial law, but in personal judgment of one another. Judgment leads to categorization of humans, which leads to inequality, which leads to the presence of the haves and the have-nots, which leads to hunger, homelessness, and being uninsured. Some forms of personal judgment that lead to this are gossiping, commenting on someone's physical appearance, deciding if another human lives or dies is judging (which by the way only GOD is capable of making that judgment), feeling better than another because of financial status, race, clothing, body style, etc.
All three of these deadly sins lead to hate of thy neighbor, jealousy of thy neighbor, and the feeling of having to be better than thy neighbor (a.k.a Materialism...). All of this leads to unneeded competition, leads to focusing on conquering, and
leads to increased desire to not work with thy neighbora
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