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  •  White Roofs (6+ / 0-)

    Heard Manhattan Institute's Diana Furchtgott-Roth speak on CSPAN2 about her book Regulating to Disaster: How Green Jobs Policies Are Damaging America's Economy this weekend (

    It was interesting to me that even she is in favor of white roofs.  

    There is a forthcoming study from an MIT scholar about energy transitions in not only Germany but also Iceland, Brazil, and France.  Talked with the author at the recent MIT Energy Night at the MIT Museum.  There's some good news in that a significant energy transition can be accomplished in about 15 years.  I hope to be notified when the study becomes public.

    Solar is civil defense. Video of my small scale solar experiments at solarray.

    by gmoke on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 03:19:13 PM PST

    •  Energy transitions in Iceland? (2+ / 0-)
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      We've pretty much always been geothermal and hydroelectric.

      We want to transition off of oil for transportation fuels but there's not been that much progress.

      •  Iceland (0+ / 0-)

        Before the banksters blew the country up, Iceland had plans to become the first hydrogen economy based upon geothermal.  Not sure what the paper discusses as I haven't read it yet but I have read some reports about the increasing use of energy in the bauxite mining and aluminum industries in Iceland.

        Solar is civil defense. Video of my small scale solar experiments at solarray.

        by gmoke on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 09:48:06 AM PST

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        •  Iceland's hydrogen plans were mostly (1+ / 0-)
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          derailed by the fact that hydrogen sucks as fuel   ;)  That is to say, not only was the fuel really expensive, but they could hardly get any hydrogen vehicles and the ones they could get cost an utter fortune.  The hydrogen program here isn't dead but it's steadily being supplanted by electric.

          Bauxite isn't mined here but it is refined here - we import the bauxite, refine it, and sell the aluminum.  Basically, it's an indirect way to export electricity.  We've got more generation potential than you could shake a stick at, but a lot of people are understandably wary about using our pristine countryside for that.

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