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Too funny. What a bunch of morons.
All hail the Palmers! Love you two!
Loved this article. Love these folks. Congratulations, kids. There are none more deserving.
I agree. But 75 of these "immigrants" plan to join the military which spearheads the illegal occupation and expansion.
Israel is friendly for Caucasian gays perhaps but not for Palestinian gays.
We would love to be able to upgrade our house to be more energy efficient but it's cost prohibitive. We're neither poor (per the government) nor a "low information voter" but are on Social Security and our bills in the winter and summer are insane.
It's brilliantly argued FUNK, except for one problem. There's no transition. There will be no market for renewable natural gas as long as fracking is cheaper. But all that is beside the point because, once again, renewable or not, burning natural gas produces greenhouse gasses. We have to start moving away from that as soon as possible, not at a pace that the markets allow. We've been waiting for change for thirty years too long. You are correct that the markets won't allow any unprofitable transition, which is why has to begin with government entities like... drum roll... TVA. Which is why TVA's decision to think like a business is so disappointing. If the very entity which could and should be leading the way in new energy models can't make the transition, how will the markets ever begin? Answer is, they won't.
My comment was not indicative of support for Israeli land grabs. It was indicative of my distaste for self-righteous attacks on people doing nothing illegal or blatantly wrong.
Personally, I don't believe in dual citizenship, and I think US aid to Israel should be terminated. But as a gay man, I can tell you that Israel is the only place in the Middle East where I would dare set foot.
Before we can move to the new energy economy, we have to have an exit strategy for the fossil fuel paradigm. In a capitalist society, if it's not profitable, it's not possible. The economy of scale means that even as the ecological costs of coal and oil rise, the lack of competitive options keeps cash prices for these commodities low and acceptance of their consequences high.
Yes, in a perfect world, we would be investing whole hog in wind, water, and solar energy. However, until a more efficient fuel storage system is developed, these technologies will not translate into effective transportation energy solutions that are compatible with our current infrastructure.
Nat gas, however, effectively powers internal combustion engines. Unsavory as fracking is, oil drilling has had devastating effects on the world's oceans in terms of spills and leakage. By creating nat gas based infrastructure, new investment in coal and oil industries can be stopped and diverted into land based alternatives that will not effect the 2/3's of this planet that are covered in water, and more importantly, the phytoplankton that do the lion's share of converting CO2 into breathable oxygen.
Yes, it is frustrating to see solar energy become more viable everyday and yet be ignored by the energy industry. I honestly feel that the correct place for nat gas is for fueling internal combustion vehicles, not power plants. Fracking is a fast and dirty fix to stop coal mining in the same way coal mining was a fast and dirty fix to deforestation. However, by making transition to nat gas highly profitable by allowing fracking, markets will be created for renewable sources of nat gas and pave the way for the illegalization of fracking AND coal mining
I'll listen to all manner of bull if someone is buying rounds. I assume the regulars were intently watching your facial expressions to gauge your BS meter's capabilities.
Could be. I will take a bit of exception to ALJ2's assertion that Truman got us into the Korean War. I understand he was the major political leader that reacted to the North Korean invasion, but I don't see how he could have reacted to such blatant aggression against out ally in any other way. He did manage to assemble a pretty potent UN coalition and make sure we did not go it alone. With fairly good historical results, and I am not minimizing the cost in American treasure and blood. South Korea is an economic powerhouse, a firm ally, and bulwark against North Korean aggression. But then, Truman in a hero of mine and I tend to maximize his virtues and minimize his faults. I don't see how Roosevelt and Wilson could have done it differently, either.
"But one person's terrorist is another's freedom fighter...."
And Jewish fighters/insurrectionists killed British soldiers in Palestine before the founding of Israel. They won, so they're heroes. If they had lost, they'd be terrorist scum.
I'm not a geologist either, but I know that fracking for natural gas releases huge amounts of methane into the air and poisons the water supply for people who live near the drilling sites. It even has the bonus of causing earthquakes in areas where there never were earthquakes. The environmental consequences are still being discovered and likely will continue to be discovered for decades to come.
There will never be a demand for captured methane as long as fracking is cheap, highly profitable, and consequence-free for those who are raking in the bucks and leaving the costs of cleaning up for later generations (and maybe not even generations - maybe just tomorrow, after they've skipped town). If ever we our politicians pull their heads out of the methane producing regions of the extraction industry, we could see the end of fracking and thus the end of cheap natural gas.
As for the CO2, how much is half of way too much? Still too much. Actual geologists and climate scientists have warned that even if we left everything in the ground from this point forward, we are still looking at a human catastrophe. Natural gas may be a good first step (not a huge leap), but it is one we should have been taking 30 years ago. Today, we need actual huge leaps.
@Mary - even more reason to note that local musicians with a national audience have very little local resources at their disposal.
Except we're not actively in the process of killing Natives and stealing their lands, it's a sad done deal. Our tax dollars are paying for this in Palestine where there are more Indians than Cowboys. BEsides I would think that you more than most would reject the religious excuses for Middle Eastern wars and occupations.
I would also add, that both Eisenhower and Truman bear some responsibility for our involvement in Vietnam.
I'm no geologist, but on the face of it nat gas contains much less sulfur than coal, which means nat gas does not release sulfur dioxide which later becomes acid rain. Nat gas, according to a fast google search, creates 50% less CO2 per unit of energy than coal. Nat gas is one of the few fuels safe enough to power internal combustion indoors in breathing air, and it's the primary fuel source for most modern warehouse forklifts.
As far as price and supply stability, nat gas is available from both fossil and renewable sources, unlike coal or oil. The primary component of nat gas is methane, and every 13 year old knows how common sources of that particular gas are. While it's true that methane is a potent greenhouse gas, there are many projects that harvest methane from decomposing waste. The meat industry and landfills could be converted to harvest the methane they pollute if there was a viable demand for product.
It also doesn't hurt that America is the American of nat gas. That may sound like a typo, but it's not. Kind of like how Saudi Arabia is the Saudi Arabia of oil.
Nat gas is a semi-renewable fuel, and as such could form an important transition toward fully renewable fuels. Unlike coal or oil, there will never be a time when nat gas is not available, and that's a huge leap towards sustainable energy industry.
I have some lingering doubts about that Vietnam War, Pack.
Of course actually fighting in it might have colored my judgment some.
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