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Old 07-07-2008, 03:28 PM
 
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This was RFK Jr. talking about non-oil based solutions on CNN. It's pretty amazing the amount of wind/solar power in the US if the gov't. would start encouraging that kind of growth.

Kennedy:

I'm involved with a company called Better Place, which made a proposal a couple years ago to Israel to get Israel completely off of gasoline cars within three years. And Israel is going to do that. Within three years, they will be off of gasoline automobiles.
We can do that in this country, too, using shifting to electricity and electricity gives us a lot more versatility, it allows us to harness wind.

We have -- the Midwest this is the Saudi Arabia of wind. We have enough harnessable wind energy in North Dakota, Kansas and Texas combined to supply all the electrical needs of our country, even if every American were driving an electric car

We have the Scientific American just published a report that shows in 19 percent of the most barren desert lands in the desert Southwest, we have enough solar energy to provide all the electrical needs of our country. ...

I saw a show on the discovery channel about the idea of placing turbines underwater in rivers. It's basically like a windmill--but it harnesses the river currents. It's much more stable, as it's always running and never stops like wind would. That's exciting stuff. They're also experimenting with huge turbines in the Atlantic Ocean to harness the power of the ocean currents. That's more challenging, however, as the currents are stronger, and it has to deal with the salt water corroding the equipment.
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Old 07-07-2008, 03:42 PM
 
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I saw a show on the discovery channel about the idea of placing turbines underwater in rivers. It's basically like a windmill--but it harnesses the river currents. It's much more stable, as it's always running and never stops like wind would. That's exciting stuff. They're also experimenting with huge turbines in the Atlantic Ocean to harness the power of the ocean currents. That's more challenging, however, as the currents are stronger, and it has to deal with the salt water corroding the equipment.

that is interesting. many skyscrapers in california have wind turbines and solar panels on the individual building, which essentially powers the building.
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Old 07-07-2008, 04:01 PM
 
Location: millard
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The state of nebraska has some wind tourbines, but they dont have too many it would be nice if we had some more!
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Old 07-07-2008, 04:30 PM
 
Location: Papillion
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The state of nebraska has some wind tourbines, but they dont have too many it would be nice if we had some more!
Comes down to the distribution systems... Nebraska is so vast that you can place lots of turbines but once you collect the energy how do you get it distributed back into the commercial grid for sell?
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Old 07-07-2008, 04:38 PM
 
Location: west Omaha
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Apparently Iowa and Mid American Energy are figuring out how to do it. They have over 1,000 wind turbines... and in case you hadn't noticed them rolling down the interstate through town... they have many more on the way.

Meanwhile... OPPD continues to tout it's little generator out at the Valmont plant.
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Old 07-07-2008, 05:24 PM
 
Location: South Dakota
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South Dakota is working on giving incentives for companies to put in transmission lines to deliver the wind energy to points outside the state. This will help foster more growth. Most of the wind farms are going near the Minnesota border, which Minnesota is a leader in wind energy in the upper Midwest.

Onto the main topic of the thread. Gas costs impacted on going out to eat somewhat. I still go out to eat, but am thriftier and eat at places such as Culver's, Pizza Ranch, and other mid to lower priced places ($5-$10 per meal) as opposed to a $15-$20 per meal place. I eat at those types of places more on special occasions or as a treat. Pizza is a cheaper option and I have leftovers to eat (and not have to cook the following day) and is bought with a coupon or promotion.

I have been cooking a little more and it is handy. I cook enough to feed two or three people and have leftovers. Even with that, I hit the sales at the grocery stores. I like to bargain shop, which helps me cope with the higher costs.

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