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  •  Yes, that is the key ... (7+ / 0-)

    ... we can just use existing fossil fuel capacity as back-up power up through 50% sustainable/renewable power, and cut CO2 emissions by over 50% if the renewable power undermines the economics of coal-fired electricity, but to get to 100% sustainable/renewable, we need green dispatchable power on a similar scale to the 100% Australian case with solar CSP and their existing hydropower capacity.

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    by BruceMcF on Sun Sep 29, 2013 at 06:22:50 PM PDT

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    •  It will take a transition, and I honestly believe (5+ / 0-)

      we can be smart about this.  We must, because so much truly depends on it.

      Living the austerity dream.

      by jwinIL14 on Sun Sep 29, 2013 at 06:34:59 PM PDT

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    •  Kudzu! We could finally have a use for kudzu! Or (2+ / 0-)
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      at least a way to reduce the cost of control and eradication.

      Great diary, very thorough, thank you. Tipped, rec'd & hotlisted.

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      by FarWestGirl on Mon Sep 30, 2013 at 02:51:18 PM PDT

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      •  Yes, we can collect kudzu for biomass ... (1+ / 0-)
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        ... of course the key point would be to collect it it with a eye to replacing it with an explicitly selected biomass crop, since it aint gonna sit well with people to set out to grow kudzu.

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        by BruceMcF on Mon Sep 30, 2013 at 08:13:42 PM PDT

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      •  Pay those coal miners the same or more (0+ / 0-)

        to quit the mines and go harvest Kudzu and other junk plants and very fast growing weak junk trees like a tree here in SW Mo. I don't know the name but it grows fast and seems to love growing beside the fences and house foundations and in just like 4-5 years it's like 15-20 feet tall(again) and 5-6 inches wide and long branches and very hard to kill by cutting it down as close to the ground as possible and I'm thinking other kinds of trees are the same elsewhere and then there is Mimosa around here but I'm guessing it's in Coal Country too it's got pretty blooms but can it take over a place and then there is plants like Trumpet Vines and well there are lots of things that can take over if left alone but by harvesting them for wages and benefits that is equal to or greater than being in a Coal Mine many problems are solved at the same time.  

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