Sunday, February 18, 2007


An Oakland global warming workshop was a veritable hive of creative thinking:
Palo Alto Mayor Yoriko Kishimoto proposed getting people out of their cars by hiking the cost of gas.

Bus advocate Lynn Conly suggested lowering the freeway speed limit.

An idea with a wider view came from Stuart Cohen, executive director of the Transportation and Land Use Coalition. "If we're doing more compact, well designed, walkable communities, near transit, we are going to greatly reduce the emissions from future generations," said Cohen. "We've got empty busses, empty bike lanes, and we could switch people over to more fuel efficient cars. Within a two year period we can really start to reduce our carbon emissions."

"Get those golf clubs out of the trunk of your car. They add a whole lot of energy inefficiency," said Ted Droettboom, with a regional agency on climate change.
Whew, problem solved and I didn't have to do a thing.

Update: Brit John Large did more than talk about global warming, he spent £13,000 having a wind turbine installed at his home. The results are, well, disappointing:
At this rate, it is calculated, it will take 2,768 years for the electricity generated by the turbine to pay for itself, by which time he will be past caring about global warming.

The wind turbine was installed at the engineer's home in Woolwich, southeast London, four weeks ago and has so far generated four kilowatts of electricity. An average household needs 23kw every day to power its lights and appliances.
Via James Waterton


Anonymous DocBud said...

What sort of engineer was this dullard, given that in the UK you can be a petrol forecourt engineer or a carpet fitting engineer? He has certainly not furthered the perfectly rational cause that engineers are the highest level of evolution which makes me suspect he is an imposter. As others have pointed out elsewhere, the journalist seems to struggle with the difference between kW and kWh so probably also cannot distinguish between an engineer (peace be upon them) and a lavatorial cistern installation technician.

11:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Solar and wind technology is cool stuff, but the bottom line is that the total potential is limited by the available space and the current technology.

Wind technology in particular is cost effective only in large arrays, and highly efficient rotors. Solar cells might be cost effective for home owners, but it takes a good location (lots of sunlight) and some careful planning: solar cells put out 12V DC, versus the standard AC power used in homes (120V-AC here in the USA, and 220V-AC in Europe [Australia as well, I think]).

But, y'know, it might make me feel so good!!!! Why worry about capital investment returns when you can get a kudo from Algore for reducing your carbon footprint?


10:39 AM  

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