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April 26th, 2009

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03:40 am - Excellent video on alternate energy.
andrewducker posted a link to this excellent short video on what alternative energy really means.

This video is about Britain, but the same lessons apply to the US. The only thing that the physicist making this video neglected was solar power - in the US at least solar voltaic cells on roofs and large solar power stations in dry and sunny areas can become major sources of power. However, wind power and nuclear fission (preferably safe methods, like pebble bed reactors & using thorium breeder reactors to create nuclear fuel) will also need to be major components of any practical and sustainable renewable energy plan. Also, the increase in efficiency of electric cars over gasoline engines would literally halve the amount of energy used by cars.

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Date:April 26th, 2009 06:21 pm (UTC)
Xposted - it's a very important piece, to get the focus back to the big issue at hand. The one that everyone seems to try to dodge.

Oh, and linky:
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Date:April 26th, 2009 09:01 pm (UTC)
Don't forget alcohol engines and the batteries that were juiced by human pee, which was purchased by a large corporation. Technologies are there, don't forget the potatoe that can light a lightbulb. Citric acids are a main source of energy.

It's just a matter of who whats what out there for the consumer to purchase. Underline, that PURCHASE. It's all about money. Cool article.
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Date:April 27th, 2009 03:33 pm (UTC)
It's hard to take a physicist seriously who was "surprised" by the fact that it takes "40 light bulbs" of power for home heating.

What, did he fall asleep in the part of his high-school physics class where they talked about the Joule? You'd think that somebody who has studied physics would know that it takes 1 J to heat 1 gram of cool, dry air 1 degree Celsius.

Even not factoring in the inefficiencies of the appliance, that's still a hell of a lot of energy.

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