[aprssig] Shack backup power

Chuck Gooden Chuck.Gooden at comcast.net
Sun Jun 5 22:08:08 EDT 2011

On 6/5/2011 8:05 PM, Keith VE7GDH wrote:
> That's really unfortunate. That means that mankind can potentially
> go on abusing the atmosphere and the oceans for a much longer
> period of time.

How much green house gases did the volcanic eruptions that occurred in 
Chile this weekend, or the volcanic eruptions that occurred recently in 
Iceland, or Italy, or Indonesia, or the Philippines, put into the 
atmosphere compare to what man has put there in the last month.

> OK. What do you propose we do after this 4 digit period of
> years has passed by? It won't direct you or me, but I would like
> to think that mankind can keep living on earth up until the time
> that the big bright object in the sky is extinguished. Look at the
> damage we have done in a bit more than 100 years. Just think
> of how much more we can do if there are hydrocarbon reserves
> sufficient to allow us to continue like this for thousands of years.

In my opinion, the hydrocarbons are here for a reason and yes they have 
provided us fuel to heat out home, run our cars, and fueled the 
technology boom. They have also made it possible for us to develop the 
technology so we can look for alternative source for energy.  Are there 
better ways, the answer is probably yes, but we are still behind the 
technology curve to develop them at this time.  It is my belief that, 
the solution will not be found in solar, or wind power for large scale 
energy concerns. But then maybe I watch too much Star Trek

Many of the new technology in energy may appear to be green, but this is 
not necessarily the case when you consider the  chemicals that are being 
improperly disposed of.  What will happen when billions of people start 
disposing of CFL' in landfills?  Or getting rid of the lithium batteries 
in laptops?  Or bird migration paths being effected by wind mills?  
There is a lot to say about the simple tungsten light bulb.  It may 
consume more energy then the alternatives but it is probably overall 
more "green" then the others too when you look at the total process.  
Seems technology will bring alternatives but it also bring more issues 
that need to be dealt with too.  There is so much that we do not know.

When I look at how much technology has changed in the last 100 years I 
am truly impressed.  I wish I would be here in another 100 years to see 
how much further it will advance in this world and beyond.

But this entire thread seem to be way off topic for the APRSSIG and I 
would like to get back to more APRS topics.

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