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Re: A Republican!!!!!! (was Re: OT: sponge burning!)

On Mon, Feb 26, 2007 at 09:30:12PM -0600 or thereabouts, Ron Johnson wrote:
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> On 02/26/07 20:38, Stephen wrote:
> > On Mon, Feb 26, 2007 at 10:23:13AM -0600 or thereabouts, Ron Johnson wrote:
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> >> On 02/26/07 10:08, Stephen wrote:
> >>> On Mon, Feb 26, 2007 at 09:34:12AM -0600 or thereabouts, Kent West wrote:

> >>>> I'm expecting solar power to become practical in the next three years or 
> >>>> so. At least, that's what the press-releases tell me to think ;-)
> >>> Actually most practical people know that this won't ever be the case.
> >> I think that Kent was being sarcastic.
> > 
> > Really?! Sarcastic about the length of time or that it will become
> > practical? I assumed the former.
> About the veracity of press releases.


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> > There is a reason why coal and oil generating stations are used.
> > They can sustain energy output 24/7.
> And dense.  Ur/Pl/Coal/LNG/gasoline/diesel have very high energy/mass
> ratios


> > Anyone that thinks massive wind farms will be able to support much
> > of the infrastructure, doesn't know whereof they speak. I'd prefer
> > it wasn't true, but conservation has to be pragmatic.
> The "answer" is to make more wind farms.

And other forms of renewable energy.

> Winds usually blow during the day, and that's when electricity demand
> is highest.  Thus, (enough) wind farms would help smooth out the need
> for peak loads from nuke- or non-renewable generating plants.

It will take considerable more resources than wind farms, (in a
secondary role) especially if we wish to keep nuclear power at an
absolute minimum. I hope that would be the wish. I don't necessarily
like Nuclear, but it's cleaner for the air than the fossil alternatives.

Stephen A.
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