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Forget Nuclear: Energy Efficiency is the best answer – theme for July 2019

As the Northern hemisphere swelters, some people may ponder on old-fashioned, ‘boring’ ways of keeping cool.

But most will resort to (or wish they had) air-conditioning, probably powered by fossil fuels. To cut down greenhouse gases, solar-powered air conditioners are a better answer.

But, overall, energy efficiency is the fastest, most effective, and ultimately cheapest way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Of course, renewable energy technologies are needed, too.

Energy conservation has little appeal for the corporate consumer world – less things, less devices, less electricity to sell.

The pro nuclear zealouts continue to preach their religion of endless growth, endless energy use. They would have us trash this planet with radioactive wastes, and then send a few suicidal astronauts , propelled by plutonium, supposedly to colonise Mars.

Energy efficiency involves many intelligent efforts, from large-scale design of buildings, transport and machines, to more appropriate use of human energy, such as cycling and walking, and even use of more hand-operated small clockwork devices.

This all does require brainwork, smart design, rather than mindless obedience to consumerism, and to centralised sources of electricity.

 

June 29, 2019 - Posted by | Christina's themes, ENERGY

5 Comments »

  1. Really good article. Thanks Christina

    Comment by ken | July 1, 2019 | Reply

  2. I do not have the energy or perserverance of the people who make this site happen. They are so dedicated. They are the greatest people I have ever seen.

    The diagram for air conditioning, the author came up with, is so simple. Few people want to do it. By relying on fossil fuels we make things so much worse.

    Comment by Teri Southern | July 1, 2019 | Reply

  3. Rachel Maddow: “Penicillin wasn’t a discovery on a par with the atomic bomb.” Could you repeat that?

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    This is some freaky sounding shit Trump and Tucker are talking… washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/…
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    I’ve always been mystified by the argument that HRC lost the election because she didn’t spend enough time in Wis, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Wouldn’t those visits have convinced even more voters to stay home or vote for Jill Stein or Gary Johnson?

    The Supreme Court legalized gerrymandering and unlimited amounts of political contribututions from pacs, corporations and individuals effectively ending any pretention of democracy in Americia

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/07/02/trump-paints-dark-picture-homelessness-cities-we-may-intercede/?utm_term=.dc033c600760

    TRUMP SUGGESTS AMERICAN POLICE AND MILITARY MUST BEGIN EXECUTING HOMELESS AND DRUG DEALERS

    Trump paints a dark picture of homelessness in cities: ‘We may intercede’

    President Trump appears in a Fox News interview on Monday. (YouTube/Fox News)
    By Eli Rosenberg July 1 at 10:32 PM
    President Trump said Monday that he wanted to address the crisis of people on the streets, telling Fox News in an interview that his administration “may intercede” to clean up cities such as Washington, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

    The president made the remarks in an interview he taped in Japan with Fox News host Tucker Carlson, after Carlson asked him about cities in Japan, which Carlson said are clean and free from graffiti and “junkies.” American cities, by comparison, have a problem with “filth,” Carlson noted.

    “It’s a phenomena that started two years ago,” Trump said, drawing a connection between the beginning of this and the early days of his time in the White House. “It’s disgraceful.”

    The president went on at some length, painting a dark picture of life in some American cities without giving specifics for how he would address the issue.

    “Police officers are getting sick just by walking the beat,” he claimed. “We cannot ruin our cities. And you have people that work in those cities. They work in office buildings and to get into the building, they have to walk through a scene that nobody would have believed possible three years ago.”

    “We have to take the people,” he said. “And we have to do something.”

    Trump did not mention the word homeless during the segment, so it was difficult to glean his exact meaning or how he would address the issue. He blamed liberals and “sanctuary cities.”

    “When we have leaders of the world coming in to see the president of the United States and they’re riding down a highway, they can’t be looking at that,” he said. “They can’t be looking at scenes like you see in Los Angeles and San Francisco . . . So we’re looking at it very seriously. We may i. We may do something to get that whole thing cleaned up.”

    President Trump suggests executing drug dealers at summit on opioids

    Comment by Nick Hashimoto | July 2, 2019 | Reply

    • Blame it on the middle class
      There is societal collapse occuring.  The power elites, are doing everything they can to blame breakdown and collapse on the less powerful and powerless, as usual. Blame it on women, on migrant children, the disabled, ethnic groups, blacks, working people, the dispossessed, the poor, the middle classes.

      Dimitry Orlov, is one of the few people who is ojectively chronicaling the collapse of America, from the standpoint of the collapse of the Soviet Union. Orlov observes the collapse  of America as it relates to comprehensive analysis  of the  more important aspects of societal integrety ie political, sociological, psychological, economic, and cultural.

      Orlov’s analysis is based on his observations of the soft collapse of the Soviet Union.

      I think Orlov missed a very important phenomena,  and perhaps a key phenomena of breakdown in industrial societies. That is the biological aspects of toxin induced breakdowns in highly structured industrial-military-imperial societies.

      Good examples of toxic biological breakdowns of established civilization, occured to indegenous populations in the americas, when new diseases were introduced, to what we call america,  by europeans . Diseases  that wiped out whole civilizations very quickly. Civilizations like the aztecs and incas, with advanced networks of trade and agriculture.

      Major societal breakdown and collapse, are occuring in the industial societies.  It is evident, that the horrendous chemical and radionuclide pollution of america, japan and europe are Central-Catalyzing factors, in the collapse. The seas are dying .

      I believe  economists and political scientists are looking mainly at symptom of breakdown. They are  not looking at the important root causes, that could make the difference between recovery and annihilation.

      Orlov documents very carefully the  collapse of the soviet union but he does not focus on some especially glaring events, and cause-effect phenomena that occured before the collapse.
      There was a major release of super-toxic,  radionuclide poisons across europe and russia from chernobyl, that occured in 1986. 

      Chernobyl occured  before and coinincidentally, with the collapse of the soviet union. It was a tipping point.  Ukraine was partially ruined by chernobyl and continues its downward tragectory to imminant, complete collapse.

      The massive increases in degenration of civil and political structures, are symptoms of much more dangerous and insurmountable causes. Same for the terminal domestic international insanity, of the demented clown-puppets enabled by the sick,  syphilitic  plutocracies of industrial civilization on earth. The mental stability, of the rulers is now in accelerated decline. That will change too as the world changes and, more tipping points become apparent and catastrophic

      Comment by Gloria | July 29, 2019 | Reply

  4. How much will it take?

    Idaho National Laboratory Wildfire
    American’s are breathing that smoke. The most radioanuclide saturated smoke in the world.
    East Idaho is not that far away from Washinton state that has Hanford or Denver Colorado, by Rocky Flats. It is blowing to those areas. One has to wonder how much more people can take.
    Over a million acres burned by and in reactor areas. Several nuclear meltdowns at The Idaho Nuclear Laboratory, over the past 70 years.
    The area is saturated with nuclear waste. It has the highest number number of the radionuclide-nuclear waste sites in the world.
    The million acre Idaho Nuclear Reservation and National Nuclear Laboraory burned up and filled the atmosphere with radionuclide smoke. 
    People are breathimg it.
    People in america, got nuked by Fukushima. Fukushima redux, goes around the world every year. People get nuked from hanford . From Rocky Flats. From radioactive drinking water from fossil fuel radium pollution and fracking pollution.  There will be one or  major Nuclear reactor catastrophes soon in america. People and their family, in america, will get that too. There will be many more major nuclear waste catastrophes, like Santa Susana and the Idaho Nuke reservation.

    Comment by Nick Hashimoto | July 29, 2019 | Reply


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