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USA Today – August 25, 2008
Regardless of your thoughts on global warming, government waste and inefficiencies are something that most of us can agree on. To have alternative energy programs that are on or off, year after year, is simply a waste.† I understand the need to have finite limits to programs (except Social Security never seems to end) but they shouldn’t just stop.
Instead the programs should be weaned off of government assisted life support so that the economy can adjust.† Having these alternative forms of energy production suddenly cut off forces other programs to never start since the investors can’t be assured of a long and viable future.READ MORE
DailyTech – August 11, 2008
Maybe I am wrong! Most people that know me haven’t heard me say that very often. Maybe Mr. Al Gore is correct. I don’t think anyone has ever heard me say that! But here we have a technology that may make solar cells live up to Mr. Gore’s challenge of several weeks ago. Although, to be honest, if the technology is being discussed on paper and in prototypes now, the likelihood of it making a significant dent in 10 years is not very likely. So maybe I am not wrong and Mr. Gore is incorrect after all!READ MORE
Sacramento Business Journal – August 4, 2008
Mr. Al Gore recently challenged the US to a goal of 100% renewable energy in 10 years. His lofty goals cited the need for domestic energy independence and his concern that the world would end due to global warming. Many people have questioned the feasibility of this goal and now it appears that California is going to even miss a much more reasonable goal.
The Public Utilities Commission has reported that California is not likely to hit its goal of 20% renewable sources by 2010. They may be able to get there by 2013 but that seems to depend on enough rainwater coming down to keep the dams working. There is also a goal that California his 30% by 2020 (just a few more years from now then Mr. Gore’s 10 years) and this goal doesn’t seem to be attainable.READ MORE
Launch Magazine – July/August issue
Walter Cunningham is one of the astronauts of Apollo 7. He writes about global warming in the latest issue of Launch Magazine and his comments bear considering.
Mr. Cunningham is important in this discussion because of his obvious intelligence and past leadership but also in his strong ability in analyzing scientific and political events and drawing conclusions.
What I find to be most compelling are:
Wall Street Journal – July 22, 2008
Sometimes I think that this site exists solely to condemn Al Gore. He is easily the person that we discuss more than all else when you consider his film, his rock concerts, and his foolish statements it seems that it is all that one can read on the subject of energy. And to think that this man was a heartbeat away from being the President of the United States for 8 years in addition to a few hanging chads from being elected to the office himself.READ MORE
Washington Post – July 17, 2008
Mr. Al Gore recently gave a speech in Washington DC regarding energy. While many in the blogosphere will call Mr. Gore “Pope Gore” and refer to environmentalists as a religion, in this case, I don’t think that Mr. Gore makes many of the outlandish comments which I have chastised him about. Most of his comments are regarding energy independence, the status of the technology of alternative fuels, and the balance of power.
He does make a few global warming references which are a little hard to defend. He implies that the fires in California are caused by manmade global warming – this is probably not true since California has been enjoying an unusually wet climate for several decades and it appears that this current drought is simply going back to status quo.READ MORE
Crooks and Liars – July 13, 2008
This story is all over the web right now but the best coverage that I found was on Crooks and Liars as they include the video as well as a transcript of the interview. Other versions of the story only include a snippet of the actual interview (a lot like what I have done).
STEPHANOPOULOS: How much of that is due, do you think, to global warming, to climate change?
SCHWARZENEGGER: Well, itís very hard to say. I mean, one thing we know for sure, and that is we have had a drought for two years in a row now. … And I think that we just have to be aware of those changes. Iím sure, partially, that it has something to do with global warming, also, because we have just now broken a record.
John Coleman spoke before the San Diego Chamber of Commerce on the subject of global warming. Mr. Coleman is not your typical weatherman! Some say he is the father of the weatherman on TV (not likely) but at the very least he is one one of the most successful. A full profile is available for him on Wikipedia but among his many accomplishments, he was the first weatherman on the national morning talk shows (remember David Hartman?) and also founded The Weather Channel.
Mr. Coleman is pretty adamant that the current global warming trend (which many question actually exists) is most likely natural in origin and has little to do with the influences of man.READ MORE
Wall Street Journal – June 16, 2008
In order to reduce the pollution of our atmosphere, it is imperative that we find other ways of generating electricity. IBM has a long history of inventing computer chip technology and it is good to see that they are going to try and commercialize their developed techniques.
International Business Machines Corp. said it is collaborating with a Japanese semiconductor-equipment maker to commercialize a solar-energy technology developed by IBM scientists.
Tokyo Ohka Kogyo Co. will work with IBM to develop processes and equipment for the production of thin-film photovoltaic solar cells that convert sunlight into electricity. Terms of the collaboration weren’t disclosed, but IBM said it expects to license the technology and, eventually, collect royalties, rather than building its own large-scale, manufacturing capability.
New Mexico Business Weekly – May 23, 2008
Interesting article about good use of natural resources to power federal government facilities. It is also worth noting that the facility tried to not just use wind but also solar and found that solar was not economical. This subject should be interesting to all that are concerned with global warming and also those that want to make sure that we tap every available option to create energy.
A 30 megawatt wind farm soon could supply a third of the energy consumed by Sandia National Laboratories and Kirtland Air Force Base.