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  •  OK, this post motived me to act. (5+ / 0-)

    I've just submitted the following email, to our current leading Climate Action Advocate;  Under the routing Categories of:

    -- US Foreign Polices
       -- Global Issues
          -- Climate Change

    I whole-heartedly agree with Sec Kerry's sober warning on Climate Change. Refusing to take strong pro-active actions on this front, are in a word, short-sighted and fool-hearty.

    I've done some rough calculations, on what it would take to follow the EU's lead in its Desertec project, to leverage scrub deserts into productive Concentrated Solar Farms, using HVDC transmission lines to move the carbon-free-energy resource. Here are some rough rules of thumb for such a wholesale transformation away form America's traditional Fossil Fuel energy sources:

    -- 1719.5 miles² of Solar Area (41.5 miles x 41.5 miles) would provide for the Total US annual Oil Consumption (circa 2011), which is approximately the size of Hamilton County, New York.

     -- 658.8 miles² of hot desert (25.6 miles x 25.6 miles) would provide for that US annual Electricity consumption (circa 2010), which is approximately the size of Weber County, Utah.

     -- This works out to 995.7 ft² per home  (31.6 feet x 31.6 feet of desert solar) to continually provide for 1 home's average Electricity consumption (circa 2014).  

     -- According to the Desertec Project:  114,090 km² of desert (about 338 km × 338 km  [210 miles × 210 miles] ) covered with concentrating solar power plants, would provide as much electricity as the world is now currently using.

     -- In the USA, our DOI and BLM Depts have already designated 450 square miles of public desert lands, for such fast-track "Solar Energy Zones."  So only 208.8 miles² to go, for the USA to become Electricity-Carbon-Free via Desert Solar, assuming the current 17 SEZ tracks actually get effective developed, with national support.

    FYI, I've consolidated and explained these rough calculations in an illustrated post named:

    1 Square Mile = 4 Million Barrels

    It is this citizen's opinion that we need a rapid Apollo-style Desert Solar Farm effort if we are to indeed avoid the very costly and humanity impactful effects of Climate Change for our nation, and the world, in the long run.

    Thank you for your consideration of these "meager Energy facts,"


    {my real name}
    {my real city}

    Programmer Analyst, at {my real employer}

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    Your Question has been Submitted

    Thank you for contacting the U.S. Department of State.

    EZ as Pie.  Hope he gets it.

    Sooner or later were going to have to: Trade in those Carbon Footprints ...

    by jamess on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 12:53:07 PM PDT

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