[aprssig] Shack backup power
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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