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Poverty Finds a Luxury With Renewable Energy

Posted on December 29th, 2010 in Ecological Science,Green Energy,Green
Living by Thomas C. Davis J

(Information for this article came from a NY Times article  By Elisabeth Rosenthal; Published: December 24, 2010)

Water comes from a single pump that services the entire community in the center of the village.  The huts lived in are still constructed of mud; no plumbing, no bathrooms but overhead there is an oddity considering the surroundings; it is an electric light – that works!

Where the concept of public utilities is a dream from another life, where poverty is so severe its victims consider everyday staples luxuries, renewable energy is finding a home.

When the photoelectric cell was invented hopes ran equal pace with imaginations of the day.  While the first generation cells produced only small amounts of electricity, engineers knew that the route to efficient productivity was by way of the hard-earned R&D courses that have taken other technologies from the lab to the neighborhood.  Silicon chips, as we still like to call them, the CPU heard of modern computers, were once millions fold less than the capacities common today just a few years later.  So, too, it would be with the photoelectric cell – so they thought.

Advancement there proved much more difficult.  A wall of sorts blocked the way to more productive developments and advancement leveled off.  The most efficient models were just short of being feasible as a competitor with other producers of electricity.  Homes with roofs of electricity-producing photoelectric cells never materialized beyond the prototypes; the cost never made it past the prohibitive stage.

Still the advancements persisted if but far slower than hoped for.  Today one can get a fair sized photoelectric array at a rather affordable price.  This interprets to within hopeful reach -someday – to the severely impoverished.  Someday does come.

Where food is a family’s greatest expense, where medical treatment is still days travel away at the free clinic, electricity is making an appearance via the photoelectric panel.  Throughout Africa’s poorest regions and spreading throughout the rest of the world not oppressed beyond greedy tyrants renewable energy, once slated as replacements of eco-threatening providers are making an appearance as the primary provider of this precious energy.

The cost of one electricity-producing panel is steep – around $80 – but it is within reach for some.  On the mud roofs of some village huts this recognizable rectangular panel is found with a wire connected to it, running down to a whole new world in the hut below.

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Slide Show (From NY Times)

Right about here is where a ‘moral of the story’ like “the poor can teach the wealthy something about renewable energy” might fit or some apothegm constructed as appropriate.  Rather, it is heartening to learn that these struggling people are finding their own answers without our meager offerings of a few of pieces of copper from our coffers of gold.

Tin Foil The New Fashion Trend??

Posted on November 26th, 2010 in Ecological Science,Green
America,Uncategorized by Thomas C. Davis Jr

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Since the very beginning radio has been the center of health controversy.  Recently, cell phone usage came under scrutiny with studies showing that heavy phone activity, using the signal emitting device right next to your head,  had a higher incidence of brain tumors.

Arguments came out against this “neurotic” fear and, given the current climate of personal communications, any evidence contrary to such negative studies of our sacred phalangeal extensions became widely accepted regardless of credibility. Imagine no more LOL! My BFF would be ROF.

Smart phone and BlueTooth saved the day.  But that was then.  This is now.

A new study to soon be published is showing that WiFi kills trees!  Just as broadband spreads across this isolated land of ours to bring us together finally, along comes another one of those squint-eyed scientists with their mumbo-jumbo rep0rts showing another one of our naturally endow rights is to be taken away.  We should probably revert to soup cans and string for communications.

Pumping the air full of electromagnetic waves can’t be harmful to trees.  How can anything you can’t even see kill those big lumbering objects that cars can’t even plow down when we try to after a few beers.  How can the good ole mighty Oak be injured let alone be taken out by a some unseen signal?

Who needs trees anyway?

And as for those brain tumors, a little fashion change and were good to go.


Gas Drilling, Fracking & Flammable Drinking Water

Posted on November 21st, 2010 in Environment,General,Green America by ProPublica

Halliburton’s Stonewalling Works in Pa., but Sparks Subpoena at EPA

by Marie C.Baca; ProPublica

On Nov. 9, the Natural Security Office declared that Halliburton had declined to give the organization a complete rundown of the chemicals it utilizes for gas penetrating, bringing about a subpoena for the vitality titan. In any case, the fight to keep a lot of this data classified is one that Halliburton is winning in Pennsylvania.

Halliburton did not react to demands for input on this article, yet an organization representative told MSNBC.com that the EPA had drawn closer Halliburton with "irrational requests" and that the organization was attempting to supply the office with the data it needs to finish its investigation of the relationship between water sullying and the questionable penetrating system known as pressure driven breaking, or fracking. Of the nine organizations the EPA requested that supply the data, just Halliburton — the biggest North American supplier of water powered cracking administrations — cannot.

Halliburton has endeavored to keep the substance of its fracking liquids mystery, yet the battle has turn out to be more troublesome as natural backers and analysts push for full exposure. Anyhow, in Pennsylvania, an express that is experiencing a characteristic gas penetrating blast in the Marcellus Shale rock development, controllers seem willing to acknowledge Halliburton's contention that it ought to be permitted to keep insights about its chemicals mystery with a specific end goal to keep up its game changer.

Fracking shoots a large number of gallons of water blended with chemicals underground at high weights to break shake and discharge common gas. The procedure is presently excluded from government regulation under the Protected Drinking Water Go about as a consequence of certifications by the Hedge period EPA that fracking represented no damage to water supplies. In October 2009, subsequent to accepting reports of tainting close fracking destinations and objections that the office's position was in light of obsolete and fragmented data, Congress requested the EPA to lead an exhaustive investigation of the strategy.

The EPA said recently that the study would analyze an expansive extent of exercises connected with fracking, and that penetrating organizations would need to give data about their chemicals so the impacts of those exercises could be followed over the long haul.


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