posted on Apr, 15 2011 @ 09:07 AM
Originally posted by burdman30ott6
These ideas of solar, wind, and digester/methane power production do work, on a micro scale. We're not talking about a micro scale here, we're
talking about a macro level. There is a HUGE difference between a small plant producing their own power or a home generating enough electricity for
themselves and providing enough electricity to support a city, their industry, and their commercial power needs. Those are the problems I'm not
seeing the naysayers offering legitimate solutions to.
Originally posted by Flatfish
I realize that's "nonsensical science" to you, but I truly believe that; "Out Of The Chaos, Comes Order."
I'll give you the benefit of the doubt here and not accuse you of intentionally misquoting me to make me appear like a nut. I said "nonsensical
science FICTION" not "nonsensical science." There's a huge difference between the two.
I sincerely apologize for the mis-quote, you're right, there is a big difference between science and science fiction.
Now for the bigger picture; When I speak of placing vertical axis generators on top of every steel and/or concrete power line pole in America, I am
talking about a "macro scale" application of "micro scale" technology. I can't even begin to imagine the number of existing power line poles
that would be suitable for this application but I know there are literally tens, if not hundreds, of millions of them already in place across this
nation. There are also millions of other places that this technology could be applied, like on top of high rise buildings across the country.
On another note, I grew up in a city where oil refining is the predominant industry and I can't even begin to describe the amount of wasted energy
that each of these refineries burn off in gas flares. Growing up, the interior of our house was lit day and night by these huge flares burning off
excess gas. I realize that this excess gas pressure has to be burned off or released from the system, but why do we just burn it off in flares
instead of recapturing that fuel and utilizing it to generate electricity. I mean, would it be that much trouble to pipe that gas through a boiler
and produce steam during this process of flaring it off? There are a million ways that individuals and/or industries waste energy and a good first
step at energy independence would be to rethink some of these extremely wasteful processes.
I've noticed that some here seem to think it's noteworthy to mention the fact that wind power is economically feasible primarily due to the fact
that the industry currently receives tax payer subsidies. FYI, there is no method of producing energy that is more heavily subsidized by tax dollars
than the nuclear industry. Just like Michio Kaku stated, nuclear power plants are un-insurable and it's the taxpayer who picks up this unlimited
"Micro scale" technologies can indeed have "macro scale" applications if we don't allow ourselves to be limited by those who holler that we
can't. IMO, it's the lobby of nuclear & fossil fuel energy producers are the ones holding us back by constantly stating that we "can't" meet our
energy needs by any other means than the continued use of harmful fuels.
I am by no means advocating that we just turn off all nuclear and coal fired power plants tomorrow and work in the dark but we have to start to look
somewhere for our future energy needs and I believe it's a mistake for us to just keep on walking down the same path that we've been on since the
dawn of the industrial age.