Why, why do we still operate a nuclear power plant anywhere in the USA when its value is only $110 million dollars? No one wants a nuclear power plant in their backyard – nobody – and nobody should be made to live by one. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. I feel local communities would be willing to pay for nuclear power plants to go away (looks like they are paying to keep them even if it is against their will because decisions are not made by citizens but obscure boards). The Oswego County nuclear power plant was scheduled to be closed because it was losing money and if it was not for government intervention (taxpayer money) it would have closed. YES, nuclear power is not cheap and the price consumers pay on their meters is not the actual cost of the power. Subsidies keep nuclear power alive – JUST SAY NO TO ALL SUBSIDIES and we say good by to this dirty energy. The sale only happened because the purchasing company received taxpayer money “But Exelon agreed to purchase it after the state approved a ratepayer-backed, multi-billion-dollar subsidy for upstate nuclear plants earlier this year.” as stated in the article. Entergy was losing money because nuclear could not compete with low cost “natural gas” produced electricity – wow go figure – looks like we can not have competition.
The deal was closed because, in New York, nuclear is considered “renewable” and will be part of NY’s solution to reduce greenhouse gasses by 50% in 2030. So, in exchange for CO2 reduction we get a nuclear reactor in our back yard? Is this really what the citizens of the State of New York wanted – more old nuclear power plants subsidized by the taxpayer dollars? I am old enough to remember Three Mile Island and it was not nice thought – we were lucky because it could have been much worse. Chernobyl and Fukushima are more recent accidents that show just how bad it can be if something goes wrong. This is crazy to spend taxpayer money on old and dangerous solutions when there are much better strategies and solutions available with much less risk. Why not take the billions and invest in clean natural gas and distributed solar. Train the 600 employees in operating a natural gas facility and solar technology and installations. Nuclear has run its course and it is time to retire it. The solution to our future energy lies in our ability to increase efficiency, to micro manage loads and reduce the need for centralized power via natural gas and distributed renewables. The ability to reduce the demand for the natural gas produced energy will take place as the renewable energies improve in efficiency and decline in cost. The natural gas solution is scalable and manageable such that power operators are able to bring online and offline units to increase efficiency and reduce CO2 during peak and off peak times much like new cars start and stop at a traffic light. Our energy and CO2 problems will not be solved by 50 year old solutions, but by 21st century technology and ideas. It is time now as a nation we embrace our technology, re-evaluate the risk and rewards of centralized utilities and open up to new ideas that will protect our economy while at the same time protect our environment and planet. Call your state regulatory boards, call you congress people, call your local government representatives (they do work for US the taxpayer) and tell them NO MORE NUCLEAR.
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Intersting reading as to the effects of the Fukishima nuclear disaster
It makes me so mad when everyone wants to blame everyone else for our problems. The solution to limiting the out put of pollutants generated by the transportation (and cruise) industry is in the hands of the people not governments – supply and demand. The global shipping industry formed just over the past 40 years as the concept of globalized sourcing hit main stream in the 90’s with NAFTA and China joining the World Trade Organization and the demand exploded. This whole concept of sourcing parts and manufacturing globally “just in time” could already be on the backside of the bell curve as technology is changing how we produce stuff. High tech manufacturing is moving processes that are currently being performed half way around the world to your home and this is having a huge impact on the global transportation industry. From ships to to packaging to buildings to people, the disruption is enormous. The global shipping industry is imploding at this time due to declining demand and over tonnage making most forward pollution assumptions wrong. With the decline will come higher freight cost as carriers look to cover losses which in turn will raise the cost of goods produced afar in conjunction with rising labor cost in many of the nations that capitalized on cheap labor will accelerate the on-shoring of manufacturing and a growth of locally manufactured products. If we stop buying the crap, no ships will be needed – that simple. Make it in our communities and we eliminate the impact of transportation. Apply this to EVERYTHING everywhere in our lives and “we” have solved the problem of transportation’s impact on the environment. So it is not transportation that is the problem, but we are the problem – we want to much cheap crap. We have to solve the problem by way of changing what is consumed and where it is consumed in conjunction with what is produced and where it is produced if we are going to have a fighting chance at change.
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It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that if it rains on our head why do we not drink it. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. So why do we still continue to rely on centralized water harvesting, treatment and distribution when it was this same industry that was the father of the plastic water bottle because our tap water was and still unfit to drink. The process of transferring most of (80%) our drinkable rain water to storm drains to run into our waterways instead of our faucets is just dumb. Why not just catch the water on the roof, store it in a tank, filter and mineralized it, and then DRINK IT. No energy, no waste, no contaminants, no plastic, and no problems. So what is the definition of insanity?
Emerging Water-Smart Design
Great article by Michael Pollan and the battle consumers have against Big Food. Our food production and distribution system operates on a razors edge. Just one contamination can cause recalls in the millions. It is sad when you realize that most all of our food is controlled by a small group of American oligarchs. Crappy food in large quantities is killing Americans daily with no change in site. Just like plastic cups and bottles, nothing will go away if we continue to support their use (bring your own cup to Starbucks – EASY). If we continue to buy crappy food we will always get crappy food and crappy results. The time is now for personal resilience where we start to produce our own food in our own space before we ask of our community to provide it.
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For everyone who has tried to develop a plan to automate their home and failed, I am with you. Everyone and their brother is out there promoting their platform and their “internet of things” devices without a road map or a starting point. I found a community website called SmartHomeDB.com designed and built by a Dutch-born Singaporean named Chun Liew. Smart Home DB’s goal is to accelerate the roll-out of mainstream consumers upgrading to a smart home by filling the ‘smart home knowledge gap’ and educating mainstream consumers in a user-friendly manner on how to properly upgrade to a smart home. He does an amazing job. Users get to share their configurations and the site maps it out while calculating a cost so you know what you are looking at in regards to your budget. By looking at “playbooks” (individual configurations) you get ideas on what technology is out there and how it is deployed. Great place to create a strategy and a budget. One great site for anyone looking into home automation and monitoring.
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I find this article to be very interesting and refreshing. Growing up in a culture of “if it breaks you better be able to fix it” was what made America a nation of doers. As far as I can remember back, there was a tool box in the garage and if anything you had broke you went out into the garage and fixed it. From a bicycle to a skateboard, you break it you fix it. In today’s culture of “disposable” products, we have lost this skill and passion to be independent and self sufficient. Fixing is not just about being to cheap to pay for a repair, but about being one with your possessions. Fixing is about understanding how things work and interact. It is about feeling when something is about to go wrong before it goes wrong. Much can be said about our whole life, it would be much better to sense the accident before the accident happens.
I feel fixing in a community among fixers or want to be fixers is a great way to bring community together and strengthen the resiliency of the community. What a rewarding feeling it can bring someone to know their skills in repairing “something” helped someone else and just might even taught someone else the same skill. I experienced this first hand when I was about 8 years old. One day I was at the library (the place with the books) during a summer program and an elderly gentleman was there to teach us how to weave fishing nets. I was amazed and caught on quickly. Next thing you know it, I was ordering my shuttles and making my gauges and had a small business going making nets. The cool part about this was not just the fact that I could make nets, but the relationship I made as an 8 year old with Mr Snyder who had to be in his 70’s (this was 1971). The relationship lasted for years as I would ride my bike to his house and we would weave nets together.
Building resilient communities is not just about critical resources, but about all resources developed individually and while in community all coming together to put margin back into our lives both in times of peace and shocks. Take time and think how you can work with your local hardware store to build a fixer network in your community.
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It is not a matter of if but when and will we be ready? We are on the verge of another large price drop in renewable technologies. Combine this with the rapid price drop in energy efficient devices and we have a the foundation for a revolution in resilient communities, resilient domiciles and a resilient personal lifestyles. Great research here in the advancement of affordable PV technologies that are kind to the wallet and the environment
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No consumer benefits in Amendment #1 – all for the benefit of the utilities.
In November, when Floridians see “Rights of Electricity Consumers Regarding Solar Energy Choice” on the ballot, they’ll probably assume they’re voting on that solar power amendment that’s been in the news for the past year.
We need real reform, but we will have to wait. Please share with your friends to make sure they vote NO on amendment #1
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Every right minded person knows we can not go straight from Coal to Clean energy without a cohesive transition strategy. Making more solar panels is not a strategy. A successful strategy would start by building energy efficiency in every home and every building, the growth of affordable alternative solutions, the reduction in costly carbon solutions while delivering reliable energy at a price point that encourages growth in our economy on a global scale. America must remain competitive on a global scale if we are going to grow our economy and avoid an impending recession.
In order to effectively implement such a strategy we must have “buy in” from all parties and here in lies the problem. Both parties are on opposite ends of the spectrum. Utilities do not want to give up their distribution monopolies and the benefits of cheap fuel. Clean energy consumers want all carbon options out yesterday regardless of being able to deliver a reliable product at a competitive price point. No one argues that with the continuing decline in cost, renewables will become more and more relevant. The problem that needs to be solved is how we address the transition between carbon and clean solving the problems associated with the demand and supply curves.
To begin with we need to start with a clean slate and do what is best for consumers and our nation. We need a national strategy that would include resilience, independence and security. We need to build void of all special interest groups that have alternative or profit motives. In short what we need ia a three pronged plan combining renewable sources (starting with wind and solar), battery storage and natural gas burning power plants:
- Continue to expand the development of affordable renewable energy sources and deploy at scale in “distributed” and “industrial” applications.
- Establish distributed storage capabilities accessible by local utilities for peak load distribution
- Grow the network of scalable gas fired power plants to handle mainline needs above renewable production and peak loads while renewable sources grow and or are off line.
Only after we build a plan and see the impact it will have on our current model of energy production, resilience, independence, security and distribution at a consumer level will change take place.
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