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Past, Present, Futures

September 23, 2009

There was a before time. When I held no apology for my support of the mainstream media(msm). This week, however, I have been blessed with the company of Friend Past. Talk of our before times has prompted several admissions, some disappointments. Assertions of Whittaker’s song title: If Only. And his refrain “I don’t believe in if anymore—”

Mood stuff. Mainly. And definitely NOT to be taken with msm today’s fatuous reporter who, at mention Al Gore’s applause for the Chinese government’s UN declarations regarding lower emissions and more sustainable energy practices(qv also my last item below) came out with a bring it on expression of “inconvenient” US Senate blockage. To myself I muttered that legislators legislate, emitters emit.

Friend Past heard, too, and smiled. Adding how Margaret Atwood’s new novel would make her the inconvenient Atwood. Entitled The Year of the Flood. Looks a futurist treatment, perhaps layering biblical overtones. Or undertones. Bete noir for the nasties. Of which by 2050 there will be many.

Changing the subject, said Friend Past: “I told them, told them and told them until I was too hoarse for telling – that spinning wheels would efficient the grid far better than any number of powerlines …

The U.S. Department of Energy has granted a $43 million loan to a Massachusetts-based company to prove the value of a new technology in which spinning flywheels are used to improve the efficiency of the electric grid Beacon Power Corp. will build a 20-megawatt flywheel plant in upstate New York in which flywheels spinning up to 16,000 times per minute will act as a sort of short-term power storage system for the state’s electrical distribution system. Essentially, the spinning flywheels would suck excess energy off the electric grid when supply is high, store it in the spinning cores, and return the energy to the grid when demand grows. Currently, fossil fuel generation feeds such demands on the electric grid, but Beacon officials predict using flywheels would cut carbon emissions in half. “It’s a lower (carbon dioxide) impact, much faster response for a growing market need, and so we get pretty excited about that,” said Matt Rogers, a senior adviser to Energy Secretary Steven Chu.

But of course, Friend-Past continued: “I was telling the wrong people before. I was telling the problem-bound do nothing people for whom Mencken reserved his brilliance — “There is always an easy solution to every human problem — neat, plausible and wrong.””

Of interest and perhaps relevance is how in enzed it aint spinning wheels they go for anymore, it is higher and longer power transmission lines. Don’t they look so impressive ! Both on paper and across the landscape. Besides which the advantages are a very considerable sum of money more (~$700+mn) and so good for the lines-spinning metals industry.

Radio-spotting… for its timeliness, aptness and reliability .. which plays most days and extends Sunday.. professional to the core. Not even so much as a single bean of fatuous about these folks.

Then there’s a startup segment about setting a vegie patch.. The guy doing this – Simon – has a real downer (clay and hilly) to bring on for, at best, 6 months per annum cropping. But a load of sand – grits could be good because they’ll cut through the puggies – looked good advice for starters. The show plays noon-thro-2pm Saturday and could be okay if Si stays out of his corporatizing(language use) habit. Hey, let the guy speak.. after all it’s a pretty straightforward subject.

A little goading last week worked a treat as expected on the R-word mania of recent times. Today we learned how Recession was ‘officially’ over. We also learned how enzed’s biggie biz in milk solids had upped payments to its farmer suppliers. Welcome I’m sure. Though I would sincerely hope received on a temperate note rather than hey let’s go boom—boom! As before. Futures for Responsible.. yes! BTW Tom Farmer promises to mention what’s behind this whole thing next time out

As for the less responsible the AP out of New York Monday declared:

A federal appeals court ruled that states trying to combat global warming can sue six electric utilities to force them to cut the greenhouse gases emitted by their power plants in 20 states. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan reinstated the lawsuits after a lower court judge tossed out the actions brought in 2004 by eight states, New York City and three land trusts. The lawsuits had accused the companies of being among the largest emitters of carbon dioxide in the world and sought to force them to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions.

More on this report with, conveniently, the court ruling download

Makes you wonder whether the right to sue (stateside) is reason for favorable “intensity” ETS models of multinationals by other countries for the peoples’ governance. Or some other taxpayer takeaway aka negative equity.

Can not help noticing how corporate business factors up to 25 years future planning whereas most government’s work to a much lower principle..

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