Monday, March 14, 2011

A shorter earth day ...

No, not Earth Day, but an earth day: ["Earth's day length shortened by Japan earthquake"].
And if we ever needed another reason to take the nuclear power option off the table, we do now: ["Blast destroys nuclear power station roof in Japan"].
Beyond the dangers of nuclear power, no one knows what to do with the waste, which supposedly lasts 10,000 years.
The best thing to do is start building millions of windmills and solar panels, both as utilities and individuals. Just half the Pentagon budget for one year could purchase nearly 18 million windmills for homes and businesses, at the retail price, never mind the wholesale price.
And with some pretty cool plug-in hybrids coming out, like this Volvo V-60 which allegedly will run 30 minutes on batteries and then get another 123 miles per gallon, coming out next year: ["Volvo to Show Production-Ready 2012 V60 Plug-In Hybrid Wagon at Geneva"], there is no excuse not to make these changes now.


Mark de Zabaleta said...

Excellent article. The catastrophe of Japan must help us change our system of energy production. Cars, businesses, homes ... all countries.

Mark de Zabaleta

nygrump said...

I'm 100% behind wind but they need to make sure they are silent - no squeaking or low frequency rumble...there is also the option of drilling down into the earth and using the permanent heat a couple miles down for steam energy - why shouldn't we use natural volcanic energy where available, if we have to sacrifice Old Faithful well it would be worth it end the nuke threat and oil burning.

Mike Rice said...

Conservation is the major key to solving our energy problems.

Yesterday I had our old wooden, nine pane kitchen door replaced. I hated to do it as this was the door that my kids had passed through while growing up. This was the door that all of our past dogs had scratched up while jumping on it to welcome my family home from wherever we had been. This was the door that 35 years of my married life had passed through. And this was the door that leaked cold air like a sieve during the winter months which kept the oil burner humming as the kitchen thermostat is nearby.

I felt as if I was throwing a huge part of my life away when I took the old wooden door to the dump.

I recently paid $3.89 per gallon for heating oil. It seems like the oil burner fired up just a couple of times last night, definitely fewer than the night before. Yes, this new metal, energy efficient door will undoubtedly save energy and money but it's totally void of any character.