@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.
So you're saying we should not have fought those wars, Mr. Revision?
They keep talking about this December 2018 deadline as though, if they fail to meet it, they will all go to jail. Projects get delayed all the time. It's the nature of the business. If the delay is the result of an effort to build a better system that conserves and protects natural resources, I have no doubt that the EPA and the Sierra Club will let the deadline slide a bit.
In any case, switching to natural gas is only marginally better than coal. It's still carbon based, it still pumps carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. If the natural gas comes from fracking, the environmental damage that causes could arguably be as bad as burning coal.
As for cheapness, the price of coal is relatively stable. Natural gas? Not so much. Just wait until the speculators start buying again. We'll see our electricity prices explode. Then what?
I'm not saying stick with coal. I'm just asking the TVA to do what it used to do - be on the forefront of energy technologies, not the ass end. What happened?
I guess that native of Memphis should stay right here, living on stolen Chickasaw land.
Gee, Mark, ever heard which Presidents got us into World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Hint: Wilson, FDR, Truman, and JFK/Johnson - nary a Republican in sight.
I doubt they'll be brainwashing teenagers to be suicide bombers or machine-gunning school buses full of children... But one person's terrorist is another's freedom fighter...
So this native of Memphis can go live on stolen Palestinian land but those from whom it was stolen are forbidden from returning to their ancestral lands?
When it comes to energy, sustainability is more important than cheapness. The toxic byproducts of all the coal we have used for electricity generation are still around today, even decades after we have burned it.
The TVA approved plan used waste water. This whole thing is a bait-and-switch dealie. We need to put the brakes on the project, and redesign it if necessary.
Have fun living in the homes built on the blood of Palestinian children!
I'm sure that will make it all that much more enjoyable!
Brunetto, I have on good authority that those boots are made for walking.
Ask Flint, Michigan about going with the "cheaper" water option...
Cheap is not always better. Just ask the memphis residents that lose food every time our antiquated power system goes down in Memphis
Good one, Mia.
Actually, her boots look impractical for biking, also.
Greenway expansion is good news. So many people have worked very hard to increase our natural areas and parks. It is hard to believe in this age where we are trying to expand natural areas that Bartlett, TN would put a massive water tower in beautiful Nesbit Park.
A Bircher? Ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! Well, now I have heard it all.
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