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January 29, 2007

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Sean

Hi this is the first time writing in a blog but renewable energy is something I am very interested in. I currently work for a power company so I know a little about power generation. I think the united states has the resources to turn the market around and start using these various renewable energy sources. However, I don't think people are willing to pay the price necessary to do so. Solar power is wonderful but how many americans are willing or able to spend another 30 to 50 thousand dollars converting their homes to solar. These are conservative estimates. Everywhere wind turbines have been erected everyone in the surrounding area complains about their ruined skyline and hearing the sound of the blades as they pass through the air. Hydro power is an excellent source of power and there are a vast number of rivers in this country which could produce power. Unfortunatly this would mean the destruction of many natural habitats.
I don't know what the answer is, I don't think anyone does yet. This is what I do know, in order to do away with the ammounts of polution generated from power plants which burn fossil fuels, the american people are going to have to accept the fact that they can't have their cake and eat it too. The price MUST be paid somewhere, we have to decide where.
Sean

bill borsheim

Who's willing to pay the extra costs of renewable energy sources? The entire west coast says yes to renewables. For years California people has been paying to get renewables started. November 2006 Washington State voters said yes to extra cost renewables. Already, wind towers are sprouting in "scenic" Washington & Oregon & protests are minimal. Many, many state bills across the country are pending to get traction for renewable programs. Hundreds of Native American tribes in conjunction with states say yes to renewables. Minority groups in efforts to rid minority clustering of polluting power sources say yes to renewables. Environmental groups with new power from the 2006 election say yes to renewables. Even President Bush on many occasions has endorsed renewables. Yes, renewable power policies are florishing & their time has arrived.

amazingdrx

"Who is going to pay..?"

Wrong question.

Who should pay for renewable energy? That's the right question.

Right now big energy monopolies, especially multinational oil companies, are getting huge subsidies from taxpayers and also from consumers in the form of maniplulated pricing.

The cost for these recent oil wars are being charged to future taxpayers, the record national debt built up on money borrowed mainly from China.

So it's pretty obvious where the money to invest in renewables ought to come from.

Right out of these subsidies for energy corporations, the obvious ones, like that 8 billion dollar oil lease giveaway from the bush administration, and the hidden ones like the war on Iraq.

1.2 trillion is the bill for Iraq so far, that would have provided a lot of tax credits to consumers to invest in renewable energy, plugin cars, and conservation.

The money that is essentially stolen now,by corporate lobbying, from taxpayers using lies and bribery, ought to go to pay for renewable energy.

In fact that is the push right now from this new congress, take subsidies away from energy corporations and divert them to pay for renewables. End the war on Iraq. How long will it take lobbyists to squelch these efforts?

Not too long if media like the NYT divert attention from reform with op/ed pieces like this one. The next op/ed piece after this one?

"Renewable energy can't be funded because it is just too costly."

Buy the false premise and they will lead us right down the garden path to that wrongheaded conclusion.

When in reality driving a plugin car that runs on (the equivalent cost to 75 cent per gallon gas) electricity actually saves consumers money, it doesn't cost more, it costs less.

Ending oil wars actually saves trillions, it does not cost more.

Solar heating and conservation reduce energy bills and pay their own way, they do not cost more.

Wind power is the lowest cost baseload power source, it does not cost more.

Renewable energy will revive the US manufacturing base that multinational corporations and high energy prices have killed. And so forth.

What can one expect from mass (delusional) media? Conventional wisdom, propaganda for corporations that run government with lobbying. That's what the New York Times has produced once again.

readerRabbit

The R&D cost for renewables is tiny compared to what we spend on conventional energy R&D. The heyday of spending on solar R&D was 1980, where we spend a "whopping" $8 million (including public + private, from Scientific American, September 2006, "The Rise of Renewables").

In contrast, we just gave $3 billion to the oil companies, directly from the federal budget, with our last energy bill. That's 375 times the most we ever spent on renewables in a year, and 750x what we spend today.

If we want renewables, we can more than pay for them with a fraction of the current oil company giveaway. It's just a matter of where we choose to put our focus.

John D.

Who's going to pay?

I consider myself fortunate to be able to buy renewable energy systems for my home. Once paid for, they generate free, or almost free, power for many years to come. I'm not taxed on the energy I produce, unlike the taxes I've been paying on my utility bills. I encourage others to do the same on my blog:

http://solarjohn.blogspot.com

John

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Take the Pledge

All Presidential Candidates should make pledges like those below. If they refuse, then you should refuse to vote for them.

1. No More Oil Wars.

2. Work for independence from foreign oil on day one.

3. No more wars for corporate profit.

4. No more secret deals for $4 per gallon gas.

5. No more Chicken Hawks promoting wars of choice when they themselves avoided combat.

6. Make government green--if you can't make what you have the most control over green, I don't care about your plans to make the country green.

7. No more torture.

8. No more lying about torture.

9. No more re-defining torture.

10. No more drunken hunting.

11. No more secret deals with big corporations to divide up the spoils before the war even starts.

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Jason,
You can discover what Steven Carew "has got" by visiting wholesale the website for Rhino Hydro. There are a few "update" items there, dated 2004.

But, the essence of Steve's invention is described under the "technical" menu selection, as follows:

"This electro generating plant employs magnets and springs to help create a perpetual motion which hiphone drives a generator. Thus giving you the electricity you need."

Get the picture, Jason? Hard to imagine Steve can't get funding . . .2945abc45 0422

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