"Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!"
-Homer J. Simpson
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
There is rapidly becoming little dispute that Bush is the Worst President Ever:
George W. Bush's overall job approval rating has dropped to a new low in American Research Group polling as 78% of Americans say that the national economy is getting worse according to the latest survey from the American Research Group.
Among all Americans, 19% approve of the way Bush is handling his job as president and 77% disapprove. When it comes to Bush's handling of the economy, 14% approve and 79% disapprove.
Among Americans registered to vote, 18% approve of the way Bush is handling his job as president and 78% disapprove. When it comes to the way Bush is handling the economy, 15% of registered voters approve of the way Bush is handling the economy and 79% disapprove.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Currently (no pun intended) about 5% of the energy being generated by SaskEnery is wind power. This may not seem like a lot, but it enough to power 7,000 homes.
What about solar?
I have talked about this before, but more and more projects are starting to be designed and proposed that make this a serious alternative.
Yes, there would need to be a substantial investment by SaskEnergy, and that would come at the expense of dividends turned over to the province, but really, the NDP left a massive surplus for the Sask Party government to deal with.
The technology is ready. On the following pages we present a grand plan that could provide 69 percent of the U.S.’s electricity and 35 percent of its total energy (which includes transportation) with solar power by 2050. We project that this energy could be sold to consumers at rates equivalent to today’s rates for conventional power sources, about five cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh). If wind, biomass and geothermal sources were also developed, renewable energy could provide 100 percent of the nation’s electricity and 90 percent of its energy by 2100.
And surly this is a better use of money than nuclear. Now, don't get me wrong, I am not in the norm in my party in that I am not philosophically opposed to a nuclear option, but for the same (or lower) investment that was made in wind power for the last 5 years, if SaskEnergy could just set a target of 10% solar-generated electricity, say in 7-10 years, then combined with wind we would have 15% renewable resources.
Add in co-generation, poly-generation and biomass projects and soon we could be looking at 1 in 4 MW being "green"
Now that is a modest proposal
Thursday, February 14, 2008
My heart just doesn't seem to be in the whole blogging thing these days. I have been following the American election with a great deal of interest and have made a number of posts, but I find it harder and harder to get motivated to blog each day.
I am still getting about 40 hits a day (even with almost no new posts) so I sort of feel compelled to keep going, if only out of thanks for the audience that I have built up over the last year.
I will try to put some more new content here soon, I promise.
Sunday, February 03, 2008
It's like the entire 50's and 60's are coming back to endorse Obama:
Forty-seven years ago, my grandfather Dwight D. Eisenhower bid farewell to a nation he had served for more than five decades. In his televised address, Ike famously coined the term "military-industrial complex," and he offered advice that is still relevant today. "As we peer into society's future," he said, we "must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering, for our own ease and convenience, the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow."