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  •  so the points are (0+ / 0-)

    we depend overwhelmingly on coal to power the central electric grid (significantly more than 50%)

    and therefore coal stockpiles need to increase to protect the grid (possible, as coal reserves are high, but not simple, or it'd be done by now) and longer term, responsible alternative energy sources need to be considered.

    And yes, all of the above is environmental, economic and national security related.

    "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

    by Greg Dworkin on Mon Jul 14, 2008 at 08:17:54 AM PDT

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    •  Yeah, the tragedy is (0+ / 0-)

      that we built the grid on three base-load power sources -- coal, hydro and nuclear -- none of which can be responsibly expanded in any rapid time-frame and which only can substitute for one another, because of their constancy. The only tinkering with the grid that is feasible is what Pickens proposes, replacing the natural gas component.

      The only environmental strategy (and economic and security as well) is long-term abandonment of the grid, but that can be done gradually by focusing our capital and research on off-grid sources. Carter had it pretty much right, and history will condemn the Clinton years as a continuation of Reagan short-sightedness. (Why Richardson is a lousy VP choice.)

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