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  1. Solar Power System in Nevada Desert Reaches Grid Parity

    Nuclear power is not only expensive, it's potentially the most insidious vehicle of climate change. Granted, it's not yet implicated in today's problems but its widespread use will most surely destroy the earth. Don't forget that there is no know means of eliminating the extremely radioactive waste - waste that is toxic to all know forms of life. Increase the number of nuclear power plants and the intensity of their use and it'll be only a matter of time before we irradiate the entire planet. One another note: we're being sidetracked again by the big energy. Solar energy is simply the ultimate green energy so only two primary issues need to be addressed when it comes to our energy needs; 1- who owns/controls it, and 2- how cheap is it. The two are the primary objectives of big energy giants and they do their best to distract us from this truth. To the point of how much space it takes to generate sufficient power - there is no need to use any more space than the buildings we already have. In most cities, buildings and parking lots make up the major use of land space. simply requiring these building to be outfitted with solar panels and tied into the grid would provide sufficient energy for most of a city. Big energy is wasteful in almost every aspect. They must necessarily use extra space for solar because they must over-generate in order to compensate for the waste of transmission lines and must waste energy because they generate based on anticipated rather than actual need. On the other hand, when we own our own solar energy generation system we can make energy more cheaply. Individuals can be encouraged to outfit their own buildings with solar power at the same cost as a few years of energy bills from their friendly neighborhood utility and after that they'd pay only minor dollars to upkeep their system. The potential cost saving is staggering when you consider the lifespan of most buildings and most people. For most of our 40-60 years of adult life we could be living nearly cost free for clean green solar energy. How's that for cheap energy with no added environmental stress from land use or big energy companies!
  2. Sarah Palin is the worst Vice President ever

    :sceptical: The problem the US economy is too much dependence on a virtual economy... people making money by lending borrowed money (can you say inflationary..?). That wouldn`t even be so bad except that the people they`re borrowing from are not receiving any of the benefits. Most bank accounts LOSE money from low or no interest + high service charges. Which one don`t? - the ones of people who`re making money on borrowed money. Sucked the poor dry hence the reason for the current financial crisis. :info: The US needs to get back to doing what made it a great economic power - invest in innovation and productivity. That means improving its education standards, fund R&D and help business bring innovations to market. McCain has no interest in these things. He want to keep the people down and dumb and firmly attached on the teats of BIG ENERGY. :yuck: That`s why he picked Palin. He knew full well that she`s not qualified to be VP or President if he kicks the bucket. But interest of the country be dammed, McCain wants power and a fight to feed his bully nature and knows he can side-line the people Bush has already dumbed down and the people longing for another Hilary Clinton with Palin. Knowing her nebulous ignorance he`s locked her away hoping he could keep us from finding out until it`s too late to reverse his presidential rise (look I have no other problem with Palin except she needs time to become more seasoned and on-the-job training under war-mongering McBush is not where she should get it). Now they`re riding on the coat-tails of BIG ENERGY and other parasites who want us all to become dependent on them ("drill baby drill" zombies!) and parasitic on mother earth. Obama is right, tax them for their parasitic behaviour and use the proceeds to fund education and alternative energy R&D. Not only will this plan generate more innovation and real productivity (ie. increase GDP) but it will eventually stifle BIG ENERGY and get people back on track to live in symbiosis with earth... which is what we all here on enviro-space are trying to do. Get Energized with Eco Powered Tech and other innovations.
  3. Hydrogen Generator to Convert Your Car to Run on Water

    Interesting! Here`s another more professional Hydrogen Booster I came across and liked so much I listed it with products that help you to reduce energy use.
  4. :ph34r: After the Presidential debate, over 80% of the polls found that people thought the debate was won by Obama. Most of the news stations gave both Macain and Obama a close match with Obama better at the economy and Macain better overall at war and foreign issues. But Fox News commentator overwhelmingly insist that Macain won by a huge margin, making a big deal of minutia like "Macain said I`ve got a soldier`s tag and Obama tried to one-up him by saying he`s got one too", focusing on Macains touching reason to make the war count but not even mentioning Obama`s equally valid reason that people are telling him to stop the war and not make any more. :crazy: Not surprisingly, when Fox asked it`s viewers to vote on who won, their results show Macain winning by a majority. Makes you wonder what percentage of their viewers are Republican or are swayed by their comments. In general people tend to focus on the news channels that agree with their views ad Fox`s clear bias and faux-impartiality certainly suggests that they are aligned with the Republicans. Call me crazy but I call it how I see it. Get Energized with Eco Powered Tech
  5. Cigarettes kill our enviroment!!!

    won't make a real difference. In Canada it's already banned in public places, offices, restaurants etc. but the ban is rather silly. You can't smoke in a restaurant but you can stand around smoking at the entrances. Now there's no way to avoid smelling or getting the stench of the smoke on yourself as you try to enter the restaurant. Smoking needs to be banned in all open spaces that others can't avoid. Let the smokers wallow in their own stench! :mad:
  6. You're right on all counts. In his speech Obama had mentioned nuclear waste reprocessing, which will increase the energy yield, reduce the amount of radioactive waste and reduce the possibility of using the waste to make bombs. I hope he remembers it if he ever considers using nuclear energy. Much as I hate to consider it, this waste reprocessing option does appeal to the recycle, reduce, reuse rules of environmentalism so I might supporting the upgrade or replacement of current nuclear facilities with ones capable of also using reprocessed waste. I certainly would not support adding more facilities not just because it's too costly, but because their insidious lies are making us complacent with the radioactive time-bombs that they're cranking out in the background. :yuck: Use Solar and Wind power with Eco Powered Products then we won't need energy excess.
  7. Climate Change Mitigation

    I'm all for abandoning unsustainable technologies for sustainable ones but I do think Simon has a point. I dislike capitalism mainly because certain despicable people tend dress it up and parade it around as democracy. Anyway, the link between capitalism and the natural order of things is quite strong. All living things seem to exist for the mainly to reproduce and attempt to dominate a niche. Reproduction requires growth and the consumption of resources and these are the links to which capitalism has tapped into. The unfortunate thing is that capitalism drives this natural tendency to the extreme. It makes us lose focus of the essentials and broadens the scope so as to affect all niches in the environment. The bi-products from capitalism are the technologies which give us such comfort or pleasure that we now feel they are essential and no-one wants to give up. I wrote a related article on Eco Powered Tech to highlight the fact that our science and technologies are giving us the way to use capitalism to curb the excesses without necessarily abandoning the comforts and pleasures that the technologies bring. I feel strongly that eco powered technologies are the missing pieces of the recycling puzzle that will appeal and appease the masses while furthering the goal of sustainable living. Once we achieve sustainable living, capitalism will be exposed for what is really is; just mind games fueled by the ambitions of egomaniacs. B)
  8. Climate Change Mitigation

    Thanks for the laugh... might be a good temporary replacement till the ice comes back. Seriously though, most of the proposal are scientifically unfeasible and downright dangerous. Sulfur dioxide in the stratosphere!? The atmosphere is not static. Remember in the 70/s how much damage was done to the environment by acid rain? yup - sulfur dioxide in the stratosphere would just rewind us back to those days. Lenses in space!? - that's too far out to even touch... maybe we could just use lots of Hubble telescopes, at least then we'd get the added benefit of seeing more of what's out there partly cloudy all the time? - hmmm, let's see... on cloudy days the local temperatures actually increases. I think they blame it on the comfy blanket effect - clouds act as blankets trapping any heat that penetrates it. And let's not forget trapping any heat we generate too. Greening the oceans - this is an interesting one. The theory sounds good but I don't think we know enough about the longterm effects. I'm not so sure that it would actually sequester enough CO2 to make a difference and then there's always the food web to consider. There could be some short-term benefits like increasing the biodiversity which would be the primary means of returning the CO2 back into the atmosphere.
  9. Lousy Olympic Analysis of Olypmic eco-friendliness

    Then again, what doesn't..? There ya go with the numbers again... Be more responsible or at least add more clarity. We're on the topic of the olympics and it's greeness (yeah, I put that there) so we can clearly say that people are not dying because of money spent on olympic goals (or golds, whichever you'd like)... those athletes and fans and country reps look pretty healthy to me. As for greeness, I'll give you that... the excess CO2 caused by such exertions is bound to have an impact on the nearby environmental conditions, even if only in the short term. Secondly; no one with a mind would voluntarily spend $100M for a gold medal no matter how criminal or racist or warped their mind is, 'cause I'm sure if it were an auction they'd probably stop bidding after $1M each and instead go bribe the judges or competitors for far less! Thirdly; I'm certain that you'd be hard-pressed to find any documentation or word of mouth proof that anyone has decreed that Afghanistan or Ethiopia or any other impoverished country may not spend more than $26 on medical care for any person in any year (maybe except if they're being tortured). And lastly; you lose people when you put a number like 6.2% up against a number like 17%, whatever your reasoning. Most people will say "well 6.2% is clearly almost 3 better than 17%" Yeah, maybe, depends. Countries like Jamaica whose GDP is mostly dependent on tourism, and the fact that the tourists really don't travel much while they're there might dispute this claim... unless you count them indulging the tourists to over-consume carbon based fuels such as ethanol (they have 75% or higher overproof rum down there you know?) and plant and vegetable matter. Are the Gold medals the investment (gold can fund a lot of investments) or are they also a part of the GDP (gold is also a pretty valuable comodity)? Again, I think you'll find that the Jamaican runners didn't see much of the Jamaican GDP... heck, I don't even think most Jamaicans saw any of it either! :mad: Here you've gone and done it! Your numbers, which is what we're disputing here, paint some countries as innocent just because they weren't able to win any gold, or enough gold to represent their populations size, and others as guilty just because they have a small population or highly focused talent. Clearly they all spent money on trying to win gold so you should be damning them all. No argument here. We're all here to try to even the odds. The more we can stop this crazy dependence on burning things and move back to decentralized energy production and self-sufficiency the more we'll be able to direct aid and care to those who need it most. :whistle: I've said my peace (pun intended) so no-one can accuse me of being silent.
  10. I feel so unrated

    cool... consider yourself well rated! :thumbup:
  11. Offshore Drilling: Yes or No?

    :blush: wishful thinking that it will happen maybe, but the fact is that every home or business complex has enough surface area to support the solar panels needed or attachment points to attach a wind turbine to make it energy self-sufficient from the combined generating capacity. This includes the added capacity to top up the batteries of a solar-assisted electric vehicle. <_<
  12. Offshore Drilling: Yes or No?

    :celb: Spend the money on developing wind and solar and electric vehicles and we'd no longer need oil as a source of energy. The current levels of domestic oil will do for all other uses!
  13. I feel so unrated

    I'd love to rate you... I appreciate the good work you're doing here. I'm a newbie, how do I go about rating people?
  14. Being a science and tech geek I get a lot of questions from friends, family and friends of theirs asking how they can make simple, inexpensive changes to become more eco friendly. Most of them already understood the recycle - reduce - reuse process for everyday garbage items, but didn't quite see what else they could do. What I found was that most people wanted to change but didn't know how and when they found out how they really needed convincing to keep going. They didn't want to go back to the basics... at least not until they're comfortable with where they were and could see where they're going. And most of all they love their gadgets and tech. So I decided to collect whatever useful gadgets I could find and created a site that mixes useful info with affordable products and give you significant savings when possible plus tips on what to do next and how to tie each one into the previous and next to really start to see major changes. Check it out, I called it Eco Powered Tech to signify the use and merging of eco friendly gadgets with energy saving gadgets and clean energy sources. The main aim of ecopoweredtech.com is to save you money to show you that eco powered tech contributes to sustainable living by giving back to the environment and to your wallet. If you step through the site in the order presented on the left menu you'll get the idea. Or you can peek ahead to some of the juicy tidy-up tidbits to help you reduce cost, reduce energy, reduce waste and help to reduce global pollution.