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  •  Agreed... (0+ / 0-)

    The diary title got me all excited that there was a substantive breakthrough in storage announced, but alas, no.

    I'm more sanguine about transmission-- no fundamental problems there. The physical infrastructure is simply (hah!) a matter of time, money, and fighting NIMBY. We don't need fancy new non-existent super-conducting technology to do what we need.  And the software infrastructure is interesting and complex, but we've written sytems with that kind of complexity before, you just have the fed/state/local jurisdiction battles to fight, and corporate legal  battles to fight, etc.

    -Jay-
    
    •  The NIMBY issue is a big one (1+ / 0-)
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      Roadbed Guy

      Don't think so?

      Do a Google search using the words "power line cancer" and get back to me.

      •  Well, I did that, and the top three links all said (1+ / 0-)
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        sleipner

        "no evidence of any significant effect, and the small correlations that do exist look to be non-causal".  (That is, causal correlation is low-income, not exposure to 60Hz fields.)

        So what is your point, exactly?

        I know that most people don't want wind turbines or power lines in their back yards, but as I said, that is not a fundamental problem, but a political and legal one.

        The US government is quite willing to massively violate the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th amendments with no good reason whatsoever, and most people are happy to go along because.... who knows why.

        I'm happy if the US government throws it's weight around a little to build power transmission infrastructure to save civilization as we know it. :-)

        -Jay-
        

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