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OMG!!! I agree with you. Well mostly.

The breakthroughs they have had in solar energy the last 5 years are mind blowing. Actually, beyond mind blowing. All that’s really left to do is price and this same battery technology.

So, I would also make a huge commitment to solar power. I really don’t have much against nuclear power; except that by any rational ranking, it has to rank below solar, if solar can supply the demand.

Frank Borger

There is one "breakthrough" insolar power that isn't going to happen soon. The energy per sq foot won't go up, and the sun won't conveniently stop overhead so you don't have cosine losses.

Similarly we have basic chemical limitations in batteries. Newer technologies have made significant strides in battery weight, but little else.

The bottom line is that good technology doesn't need government money to do the research. Anytime someone wants Uncle Sam to pour money into reasearch, it's because sensible investors recognize a dog when they see it.


Ahhh. Proft. Yes, nothing is worth doing if it doesn't generate profit.



Well, so what if it takes lots of square feet? We've got lots of square feet, especially in the desert where it's sunny all the time. Yeah, the nuttier greens will resist even solar power because of the shade cast by the collectors bothers the endangered quasilizards of the Mojave just like the BANANAs of Nantucket (no names, please) opposed wind power.

Nothing wrong with the profit motive, and Frank is right to a point. However, that point stops short of trumping the need to undercut the Arabs.


So an unrestricted profit margin is fine until it has side-effects that damage society?

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Seen at low tide

  • American White Pelican
    Saw 30 in one flock on a weptember evening while fishing
  • Hummingbird
    Finally, my first hummingbirds. Saw them on a fire bush in Crystal Beach, FL. My rental's neighbor's yard is all xeriscaped, which is ugly to me but just fine with the little hummers. At first, I thought they were the biggest hornets I'd ever seen.
  • Flamingo!
    One of these dudes flew right over my house. I couldn't believe it. And please don't tell me it was a roseated spoonbill because it was a frickin' flamingo, dude! Huge and pink and right there above me. I was like so freaking out, you know?
  • Falcon!
    Don't see these guys too often. Wish we did. Bet the morning doves don't.
  • Black Skimmer
    These beauties are getting scarce, but one flew by yesterday at low tide on the hunt for minnows.
  • Dead sea turtle
    cool, but smelly
  • Reddish Egret
    These have been hanging out around the pool quite a bit lately. Must be a new group of adolesent birds -- the youngsters like to hunt where the water is clear, and it takes them a day to figure out there are not now and never will be fish in the swimming pool no matter how clear the water.
  • Sand Piper
  • Brown Pelican
    I saw a flock of about 200 of these at Disappearing Island yesterday, just south of Anclote Island on the west coast of FL. Good to see such a large flock.
  • Wood Pecker
    They've developed a sudden interest in the orange tree, which just went into bloom.
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