Skip to main content

View Diary: Energy - some good news (for once) (237 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  Nice commercial (none)
    Not that there's anything wrong with that. :)

    That which does not troll-rate me makes me stronger. :)

    by cskendrick on Mon Apr 04, 2005 at 07:04:44 AM PDT

    •  More serious thought (none)
      somewhere on the order of 50,000 Terawatts of solar energy is pumped into the Terran ecology every second.

      Every last bit of it on its way to the surface has to pass through the atmosphere first.

      That which does not pass through unimpeded generates motion in the air.

      Still wondering?

      At any moment there are 2,000 lightning strikes happening on this planet. Going by the Back to the Future standard of 6.2 gigawatts per bolt of lightning, that's 12.4 Terawatts right there.

      Those discharges represent a fraction of the energy that is present in the Earth's lower atmosphere.

      And wind power's a lot safer to harness than lightning bolts.

      Just ask Marty McFly. :)

      That which does not troll-rate me makes me stronger. :)

      by cskendrick on Mon Apr 04, 2005 at 07:39:41 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Qualifiers -- (none)
      I love how each of the final bulleted items is essentially cancelled out by parenthetic comment. Refreshing honesty from the industry!

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site