More on support for solar

Which energy source do you think should be
the top priority for the U.S.
government to support?
Solar energy farms 22% 27% 26% 13%
Wind energy farms 22% 21% 22% 22%
Natural gas plants 16% 22% 11% 14%
Nuclear plants 16% 11% 22% 21%
Oil wells 11% 8% 3% 19%
Coal plants 4% 4% 5% 4%
Hard to read this as a chart, but it shows that overall, 22% favor solar and an additional 22% favor wind as first choice, whereas only 4% favor coal. This goes along with other polls show high 80-90% favoring solar. And the results are bi-partisan. Go Solar.afsolar

Solar plane to fly for 5 years on solar power alone !

Solar Planes
Solar Impulse completes first solar-powered night flight
July 9, 2010 06:48 AM
New World Record For Solar Aircraft
September 16, 2007 11:57 AM
New Solar Plane Breaks Unmanned Plane Record
September 18, 2007 07:54 AM
Solar Plane Almost Ready for Record Flight
March 1, 2010 08:14 PM

Boeing is one of the most recognizable names in the aviation industry, so when they come up with a new design it generates a great deal of attention and fanfare. In this case the new design is of a solar powered plane. Others have proposed similar in the past. Perhaps Boeing will generate enough interest for long term support of the concept.


The world

Nuclear vs. Solar. The cross over point.

There was a great study out of North Carolina showing that residential PV costs, after subsidies, in NC, are lower than nuclear costs. This article points out that a fairer comparison would be industrial scale solar vs industrial nuclear so that the benefits of volume scale would be reflected. This shows that solar, even without subsidies, is beating nuclear on cost alone, ignoring the storage of nuclear waste, the terrorist threat of nuclear, etc.
So, Go Solar.
A very interesting and controversial study emerged recently, comparing nuclear and solar costs no less.

The study,

New poll: Colorado supports renewables, natural gas vs. coal.

79%.. Bi-partisan poll.
A poll conducted by bipartisan researchers has found that 79 percent of Coloradans prefer renewable energy and natural gas to coal.

The poll results, released Tuesday, come as the Colorado Public Utilities Commission weighs a plan by Xcel Energy to shut down two of its Front Range power plants and refit other coal plants with natural gas and modern emissions controls.

Naturally, the coal industry opposed the act which pushes the Colorado power company to move away from coal.

Stay fit. Kids need exercise to help their brains, and so do you!

This new study just in.
“Some activities are better brain boosters, and cycling is one of the best. David Conant-Norville, MD, a psychiatrist in Beaverton, Oregon, who specializes in adolescents and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, recently surveyed his colleagues about the best and worst sports for athletes with ADHD. Cycling, swimming and running are tops. At the bottom are soccer, hockey and baseball. The best sports demanded constant physical exertion and a suite of technical movements that engaged brain functions dealing with balance, timing, error correction, decision-making and focus.” blair-gardening
And how about gardening as exercise, too? Requires balance, a range of motion, etc. Work it !

Jokes from Jerry. Lighten up !

When cannibals ate a missionary, they got a taste of religion.
Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway. One hat said to the other: ‘You stay here; I’ll go on a head.’

13. I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me.

14. A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab center said: ‘Keep off the Grass.’

15. The midget fortune-teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.

16. The soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.

17. A backward poet writes inverse.

18. In a democracy it’s your vote that counts. In feudalism it’s your count that votes
Two fish swim into a concrete wall. One turns to the other and says ‘Dam!’

23. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft. Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can’t have your kayak and heat it too.

24. Two hydrogen atoms meet. One says, ‘I’ve lost my electron.’ The other says ‘Are you sure?’ The first replies, ‘Yes, I’m positive.’

25. Did you hear about the Buddhist who refused Novocain during a root canal? His goal: transcend dental medication.

26. There was the person who sent ten puns to friends, with the hope that at least one of the puns would make them laugh. No pun in ten did.

Climate deniers and hockey sticks

I love hockey sticks. I own one. Now comes the hockey stick debate, that is, whether the earth’s temperature has curved upwards, like a hockey stick, in the last 100 years, unlike the last 1,000 years. Now, we have data that there is both a North American and a South American hockey stick of upward temperature trends. The S. American one is slightly “cooler” than the N. American one, because the concentrations of CO2 are higher in the northern hemisphere.
Check it out:

HIgher CO2 concentrations in the Northern Hemisphere

HIgher CO2 concentrations in the Northern Hemisphere


There is even an Arctic hockey stick, showing increasing temperature trends.
So, this brings us to climate change deniers. Great cartoons by Tole.

Commercial electric trucks are here.

Executives from Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), Coca-Cola, Staples, Frito-Lay, AT&T, and Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) cited the Smith Newton as a way to meet internal sustainability goals. The cost is 8 cents per mile versus about 40 cents per mile for equivalent diesel trucks. Made in the USA, in Kansas. Frito will be delivering potato chips and corn chips in NYC soon.