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Category Archives: Energy & Environment

Energy is essential to our collective well being. It is important to understand the issues and facts.

On Fox’s Brit Bair, I normally just watch the panel segment. Recently one of the commentators, Bob Fournier, bemoaned the public’s growing mistrust of government and other institutional pillars, such as the healthcare industry. In summary, he said it is understandable, but unhealthy (for the republic).

Maybe. Read More »

This is about water and how much of it we use.

You may be surprised. Beyond our immediate consumption, water is used in vast quantities.

This is not an “environmentalist” support piece, the crowd who seems intent on moving bad humans back to medieval times.  It is to make you aware of our situation, that some things about water consumption may change, and to help you appreciate that sea water desalination is in our future.

We take fresh water access for granted in most areas of the country.  There are exceptions of course. Florida and areas of California, for example, use and are expanding the use of desalinated sea water for their needs.

Then there is the water consumption of Las Vegas which is out in the middle of the desert. It uses all that water in its Caesar’s Palace fountains and pools (think the movie Ocean’s Eleven) as well as across the city at large, for all but no charge.

Then there are the 311 million of us as individuals and our daily needs, apart from our indulgences. An example of the latter: while we knowingly indulge ourselves with good bottled water, we assume we are doing little harm (wrong).

Granted, it does rain, but Read More »

February 15, 2009

Environmental Apocalypse Now? Highly Unlikely

By George Will

We are all very much more concerned about the economy right now than about things suited to a contented state of mind, like global warming. Or aka: the end of the life as we know it if we do not change everything now and make Al Gore more wealthy. Yes, count me a firm skeptic.

George Will generally sits on the right of the political spectrum, but has one of the most insightful minds out there and a keen nose for claptrap regardless of political persuasion.

Below is extracted from his article on the above. Read More »