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  •  Right On, We Should Stick With BP Giving Us Oil (1+ / 0-)
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    Thinking Fella

    we can just dip right out of the ocean.

    Thanks for your commitment to everlasting summer and fossil fuels.

    Best,  Terry

    •  why not invest smart? (0+ / 0-)

      I said we could spend our limited government dollars on wind power that could generate 5 or 10 times the clean energy with the same level of govt capital deployed. A geothermal project with a 60 year payout doesn't compete even with solar photovoltaics, much less wind.  

      Now sometimes, geothermal can be quite economic; i guess in this particular application, the scale just isn't there.

      You replied with an ad-hominum attack that is irrelevant.  

      This is simply about economics of energy production, and being wise stewards of taxpayer money.

      You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

      by TX Dem 50 on Thu Jul 08, 2010 at 11:08:56 AM PDT

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      •  Wind Power Is A Sometime Thing (0+ / 0-)

        It is neither cheap nor relatively trouble-free.  It is not as environmentally costly as solar but not as great as fans would have it either.

        The ratings of power sources can be very deceptive. Accountants can differ wildly on costs.  Lack of experience in our country that is addicted to fossil fuels and perverse regulation adds mightily to costs,

        I have seen estimates for payback by a single installation range from 3 years to 40 based on the same data, depending on which side one was on.

        China's Xian Yang Geothermal City utility was not built as an expensive boondoggle like England's Cornwall exhibition may be or become.  It was built as a practical solution to a difficult problem in a highly polluted environment.

        Fascinating story the latter but I see evidence of considerable amateurishness unlike commercial projects in Idaho that grow tropical fish and alligators high in the Cascades of Idaho.

        Best,  Terry

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