posted on Nov, 17 2010 @ 06:57 PM
reply to post by Maslo
Claims in the article that carbon tax wont lead to reduction in fossil carbon are unfounded - if you tax usage of a commodity, the market would
naturally try to use it less and look for alternatives (and even more if they are subsidized), since thats the way to maximize profit. Even if the
revenue decreased in the future, they need the money for bailouts NOW, so that point is irrelevant too.
Obviously you do not understand the energy market. Alternative fuels or energy sources are required but there really are only two viable
Tidal power - under development and could be a serious answer to energy problems
Nuclear - the cheapest but the least popular.
Despite what you may think wind energy is a complete non-starter as a major source of energy. Not only is it the most expensive to produce and the
blades need replacement every 15 years but also it ceases to function when the wind does not blow or when it blows too much. In order to provide
backup to erratic wind conventional sources have to be on standby which is extra cost. In addition it is not so easy to regulate the frequency of wind
produced power as it is not regulated like a stream turbine which runs at 3000 rpm (UK/Europe) to give 50~ per second.
Where I live I can see 54 wind turbines from the house. Our electricity supply is supposed to be 230v but varies regularly between 216 and 244. This
is mainly because of all the turbines.
Picture a nice cold crisp winter day. No wind. No power. Big problem. Our daft government id aiming for 30% wind generated power and yet on a no wind
day the conventional systems cannot meet the load without power being drawn from the inter-connector with the UK. The more wind generation we have the
more this will happen and if the UK goes that way as well the will be no power available in the inter-connector. We will start to see brownouts and
Wave power suffers from the same problem. No wind, no waves. Tidal power is the only green power way to go.
The wind section says it all
And look at the inter-connector
UK is drawing from France and nothing is going out to Ireland.
edit on 17/11/2010 by PuterMan because: (no reason given)