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  • Cap and Trade Would Sink the U.S. Economy  [View article]
    A great tag line for 2012 elections. I was pushing for "send the children home", but I like your's better.

    " We need to drain the swamp."
    Oct 29, 2009. 11:39 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Cap and Trade Would Sink the U.S. Economy  [View article]
    If man were actually able to reduce atmospheric CO2 levels, and he realized that every 10% reduction in CO2 reduced crop/food production by 10%, at what particular atmospheric concentration would the world be safe from "global warming", and an acceptable number of people in the world be starving? If we got the CO2 level too low, would we institute a tax credit for adding more to the atmosphere?
    Oct 29, 2009. 11:28 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Conservatism Rising  [View instapost]
    The reason more Americans consider themselves conservative is that the benchmark for liberal has swung so far left with this current administration, that all moderates and many left leaners now consider themselves conservatives, even though I suspect that their political views and values have not appreciably changed.
    Oct 29, 2009. 09:35 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • What the Solar Industry Wants in a Climate Change Bill  [View article]
    When solar and wind become a larger part of the grid, what will be the required spinning reserve of "conventional" generators? Look at Spain. Despite massive wind "capacity", reserve capacity of conventional is unchanged, and spinning reserves skyrocketed, reducing overall generating efficiency.

    IMHO the industry to follow is remote load shedding, reducing/eliminating spinning reserve and reserve capacity.
    Oct 29, 2009. 09:06 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What the Solar Industry Wants in a Climate Change Bill  [View article]
    At 400 ppm (0.04%) CO2, GHG activist's armageddon, maybe
    at 350 ppm (0.035%) CO2, nirvana, maybe
    at 200 ppm (0.02%) CO2, 50% reduction in food production, billiions starve,
    at 0 ppm CO2 all life on planet ceases to exist.

    not your average "pollutant".
    Oct 29, 2009. 08:55 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • World Recovery Is in the Hands of OPEC  [View article]
    Rokjok must be right, this article has to be tongue in cheek. Ultimately, davidbdc has to be correct, too. I have come to the conclusion, however, that our government scientific minds were trained in liberal arts.
    Oct 25, 2009. 09:49 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • GE to Participate in World’s Biggest Carbon Capture Project  [View article]
    The "40,000 foot view", storing CO2 in any form is begging for a future catastrophic release, whether from earthquake or any geologic movement. Actually securing the storage area for even one years CO2 emissions from power plants in the world is the equivelent of 24 million railcars! If that amount of CO2 were suddenly released, the death toll would eclipse world wars. And, in reality, the volume required for any form of CO2 storage would be far greater than that noted above. Stockpiling CO2 and withholding it from photosynthesis could be the most self destructive activity man has yet to pursue.
    Oct 22, 2009. 03:33 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • GE to Participate in World’s Biggest Carbon Capture Project  [View article]
    For 100,000 kwh of electrical production, a nuclear plant produces 1 lb. of waste, which should be reprocessed into fuel. For the equivalent electrical production, coal would produce 400,000 lbs of CO2, and natural gas about 200,000 lbs, which some think should be concentrated and stored forever. 1 lb of radwaste or the equivalent of 4 tanker cars full of liquid CO2. If each is to be "sequestered" forever, how can CO2 sequestering ever be justified?
    Oct 22, 2009. 11:37 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Buyer's Market Intensifies as Florida Struggles with Mounting Foreclosures  [View article]
    Issues may be that typical Florida residential land is still over $500K an acre, property taxes are 3% of real value, and the majority of homes up for sale are second homes.
    Oct 18, 2009. 09:20 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Gold Breaks Out, But Beware a Potential Pullback  [View article]
    The chart of gold and silver versus the euro gives an entirely different story. Wonder what that means.
    Oct 8, 2009. 12:34 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Hybrids Lead the Way for Auto Transport Industry  [View article]
    Plenty. It's sarcasm though.

    On Oct 07 12:33 AM THofler wrote:

    > Keith, Any idea what the transmission losses are from say Nebraska
    > to S.F.? I'd guess more than 60% lost even with state of the art
    > hardware.
    Oct 7, 2009. 12:56 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Climate Change, Energy and Manufacturing  [View article]
    Don't mean to be picky, but to avoid confusion, your conversion is off by 1000. A megawatt is 1000 kilowatts a gigawatt is 1000 megawatts, and a terawatt (TW) is 1000 gigawatts. So a 16 terawatt is 16,000,000 megawatts. :)

    On Oct 06 01:56 PM Mad Hedge Fund Trader wrote:

    > isc Solar is about to become a big part of our lives, as it careens
    > toward long sought profitability, and it will suit you to learn more
    > about it. To get a good introduction to the industry, both through
    > some good engineering statistics and some great pictures, then check
    > out the September edition of National Geographic magazine by clicking
    > here . Total world electricity demand today is 16 terawatts (16,000
    > megawatts), and that is expected to grow to 20 terawatts by 2020.
    > Solar comes in two flavors, thermal and photovoltaic (
    > Thermal is the old dinosaur technology, with thousands of convex
    > mirrors arrayed to heat piped oil, which is then used to power a
    > conventional steam power plan, converting about 24% of the sun’s
    > energy into electricity. The future is with photovoltaic solar, which
    > uses the semiconducting ability of silicon to grab electrons directly
    > from sunlight. PV is less efficient at a 10% conversion rate, more
    > expensive, but is making great leaps forward. It would only take
    > 100 square miles of PV panels placed on rooftops to meet all of the
    > electricity demands of the US. The final goal is to develop silicon
    > paint which you then apply to your house to generate power, all for
    > the cost of a bucket of regular paint. PV chips in the lab are already
    > achieving efficiencies of 40%. First Solar (
    > now owns the cutting edge with its thin film panels, a company I
    > have written about extensively (click here for the report ). It is
    > also a great trading vehicle, with plenty of volatility, and the
    > recent silicon panel price war with China has knocked the stock down
    > into “buy” territory. The additional of FSLR to the S&P 500,
    > the first alternative stock to do so, is the writing on the wall.
    > I regularly mine this magazine for long term technology and environmental
    > trends, and my kids love cutting up the pictures. After all, it was
    > founded by one of the original venture capitalists, Alexander Graham
    > Bell, the inventor of the telephone.
    Oct 6, 2009. 02:03 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Hybrids Lead the Way for Auto Transport Industry  [View article]
    These vehicles primarily reduce local emissions, where they are operated. The way to utilize this technology best is to impose "internal combustion free" zones. San Francisco, LA, and NYC come to mind. Ban all gasoline inside city limits. Surely that would make living and working in the city more bearable, and since their commutes are short, the vehicles would be an excellent choice.

    And the pollution to make all that electricity would be conveniently in the midwest.
    Oct 6, 2009. 11:20 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Climate Change, Energy and Manufacturing  [View article]
    The 40,000 foot view. The world wants/needs manufactured things. Which country is most likely to possess the technology and flexibility to produce those things with the lowest pollution? I believe that would be the US. And as Mittal reported, it is in every manufacturer's best interest to lower their cost of manufacturing by reducing energy consumption. So why would it make even the slightest sense to the health of the world to purposely discourage manufacturing in the US by imposing unilateral constraints? Any activity that encourages manufacturing to leave the borders of the US also increases the pollution of the world.

    The alternative would be to suggest that America no longer has the talent to be a first tier manufacturer, an idea I cannot accept.
    Oct 6, 2009. 11:09 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Has Silver's Outperformance Reversed?  [View article]
    Interesting choice for a start date on the GLD SLV comparison. Why not use a start date of 6/08, and see a more plausible trend.
    Sep 25, 2009. 09:08 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment