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Yeah, it is free enterprise!! Can we go way too far on this ? Is Earth dying before our own eyes ? Does quality of life really matter? Do we understand it or what? What is God all about ? Do smokers really have the right to blow smoke into our faces on streets? Should we put them back indoors so... More
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  • Hey Coal And Natural Gas Investors.....

    What is becoming a very exciting time for investors and fast buck artists on Wall Street is the glowing promise of higher prices and more profits for coal and natural gas producers . I don't know about oil prices alone. Anyway, there is also a very exciting time for investors , no excuse me... environmentalists as well.

    What ? What am I saying ? Hmm, well, as you should know .. environmentalists are still championing firewood as what they like to profess to be known as "carbon neutral" energy. Maybe some of you are familiar about the carbon sequestration argument between dirty fossil fuels versus firewood or other biomass fuels like sugar beet or other energy rich wastes we used to toss in the landfills . The mentality remains the same that is to "burn" for power.

    The environmentalists like to argue that firewood is younger in carbon sequestration than fossil fuels which sits deep in the soil for eons . Well, I have yet to see a "big" powerplant that runs on firewood that can deliver gigawatthours all day. Sure there is small scale firewood based powerplants dotting all over the world.

    As it comes to air quality and more importantly health effects in form of healthcare costs never mind the long suffering patients laying in beds by millions in hospitals. You would think that firewood is harmless, well, I have to disagree.

    I think I better stop here now or I will keep on harping for hours to come. Sufficient to say that our expectations of bountiful capital gains coming from coal and natural gas will be stunted from rapidly growing firewood industry with manufacturers of fireplaces and stoves flipping them out like hot cakes right now.

    As you know utilities are switching from coal to natural gas and we will probably end up switching from natural gas to firewood later on. I don't know about air quality in the future but EPA is now working on stricter air standards for future new stoves and fireplaces.. I can only wonder how clean they will be.

    Don't get your hopes so high about coal and natural gas..

    Feb 11 3:15 PM | Link | Comment!
  • Solar Energy Development Arrested!

    Solar energy dawned way back during the 1980's or a bit earlier as solar water heaters were the rage then. It was cheap to get. Photovoltaic was still too expensive at around $20 or more per watt but promises were made to lower it further .

    Fast forward to now, photovoltaic is 50 cents per watt not including installment extras and even federal energy credits is phasing out in a few years from now. Success story?

    Not quite. solar energy is primarily a form of heat and light in a kind of quantum function. It is interesting enough that light as in photons and electricity as in electrons are functioning in similar ways. Sunlight started entering the atmosphere of Earth at much hotter temperature above 200 or 300 degree F . Sunlight still retain some heat as it hits ground but we don't feel it during windy days or freezing days even with the sun shining. Once it pass a glass pane enclosure, heat quickly build up to 200 degree F or more if it is placed perpendicular toward the sunlight direction. If you tilt it a few degrees, heat get reflected and wasted or lost.

    Now if we develop solar furnaces as supplement to our traditional natural gas fired central furnaces or heating oil fired ones as well. We can drastically reduce our consumption considerably. For any of you who are greatly concerned about fracking technologies being used by the producers, you cannot simply fall back on firewood. You should also be aware that firewood is the worst air pollutant above all including coal that is being used in power plants with billions of dollars worth of pollution controls installed. Firewood is a open ended air pollutant that threats public health on a daily basis.

    Remember healthcare costs so therefore firewood drives healthcare costs up faster . So for any of you who are not happy with our healthcare system and the costs , high deductibles, etc, it is probably time to start looking back to our Sun for our heating needs on top of our recent success with photovoltaic. Heating requires colossal amounts of energy that photovoltaic alone would be hard pressed to deliver due to lower efficiency in conversion to electricity. so it is more efficient to use direct sunlight and figure out new ways to redirect, concentrate, bend, twist, loop sunlight in any way possible. There is almost negligent losses in conversion of sunlight through direct applications without any unnecessary conversion to electricity at all. Example: you can dry your clothes with sunlight if we can design clothes dryers to run on sunlight alone. It can be done.

    We are supposed to be highly adaptable creatures on Earth thanks to our high intelligent brains.. Why we still use firewood for thousands of years is something to think about or wonder about like why we still do such things ? We are not coughing cavemen , anymore, are we?

    In short, we hardly tapped the mighty power of our Sun at all. Don't be afraid... embrace the Sun with our wide open arms and more mirrors!

    Lets do it!

    Jan 15 2:32 PM | Link | Comment!
  • Those @#*!! Cowardly Selfish Investors!

    I wish I can stick a donkey tail on the rear ends of all those what I call cowardly selfish investors. As you know that people does come from all walks of life and they have their own views of the world. How I would love to be able to pick any of them and ask intriguing questions and see how they answer about things in our world and economy as well.

    These days, our democracy is increasingly shaped by money as if rocks is being smoothed by eons of repeated waves from the sea. Decisions are made and changed or shove down the throats of people in the name of democracy and capitalism.

    Not long ago, politics were far more malleable than now because resources like water, energy, materials, ideas were so plentiful and amendable than today. Today, we still continue to think that way despite repeated shocks like shortages, environmentalism, health and safety, immoralities, among many others. New ideas are hard to come by while old ideas are stuck in as well as kept sure to stay in. Powerful entrenchments by politics, finances, inertias,etc are slowly becoming petrified like the petrified forest itself.

    Does this mean a decline of mass ignorance or a stability of mass happiness? Does democracy still work without regular doses of healthy changes little by little over the times? Are more and more of us behaving like spellbound zombies trolling about under constant bombardments of communications that contains very little value in them like overly watered down soup that we cannot live on as well beings?

    I am sure that many people have similar views but it seems to me that they are unable to articulate clearly enough to effect necessary and healthy changes . Any self served changes are easily foiled so it is very difficult to articulate changes that is fundamentally fair to all people in question. Facts has to be presented and be able to withstand democratic scrutiny by the people in order to pass muster. This is a very difficult thing to carry out.

    Are we giving up on democracy already?

    Aug 19 11:45 AM | Link | Comment!
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