[PLUG-TALK] Risk of earthquake based nuclear problems in USA
russ at dimstar.net
Sat Mar 19 21:54:10 PDT 2011
On Mar 19, 2011, at 9:24 PM, Keith Lofstrom wrote:
> Solar makes some sense, in the stratosphere or above. I'm
> learning how to do that. Most people expect someone else to do
> the work, and grouse if the reality does not match their fantasies.
Have you seen what they are doing with solar powered steam plants in SoCal? I read that Pacific Power or PG&E had a trial plant up and running east of LA. This was some time ago, so I have no idea if that changed. It looked promising.
> Realistic solar cells are more like 10% assuming some time
> between cleanings, resulting in some average opacity.
Yeah. Solar cells have not come through as promised. I remember reading about the wonderful ways things were going to work. Too bad. Kinda like we're all supposed to be driving flying cars by now.
> Meanwhile, if you actually run numbers, rather than listen to
> innumerate media clowns, you will find that the risks of nuclear
> power have been way, way exaggerated.
As with anything.. The best story gets the most hype.
> *DO THE NUMBERS*. Don't trust other people. Don't trust me.
> Trust what you can figure out on your own, from measurements
> you can repeat or track to primary data. Empower yourself.
> That is what open source is about - now move on to OPEN REALITY.
Well, if I had time to sit here and crunch numbers, I wouldn't have time to do what they pay me for. As much as I enjoy my job, like most people, I work so that I can live comfortably, and have a bit left over to play. I spend a bit of time crunching numbers now.
> Kill your TV and recycle it. It is propagating lies and
> anxiety so you will eat the crap food advertised on it.
What if I only watch cartoons? :)
My TV is FAR from a source of anything except entertainment. On the rare occasion of an earthquake or tsunami, I will watch broadcast news, balanced with other sources. I love how I saw the footage airing on 8 and 12 a full 24 hours earlier on several web only sources.
> If you are worried about cancer (and you should be), that
> is the quickest and most effective cancer reduction method
I'm worried about it, but I put it in perspective. There's a difference between being worried about it, and becoming catatonic because you can't handle the pressure. It's that cost/benefit analysis again. I worry about it when I'm talking with my doctor, and at other times that are appropriate. Then I put a plan in place and run with it. Further down the road, I re-evaluate and adjust, if needed.
> Crouching in front of the TV, paralyzed by fear
> and gobbling twinkies, is not going to get the job done.
And that's exactly the catatonia I'm talking about. I think on that point, we are in agreement.
russ at dimstar.net
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