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Obama Overreach Includes Energy

Derek85 Wrote: Mar 24, 2013 10:25 AM
During the Civil War a brilliant naval engineer named John Ericcson met with Abraham Lincoln and Gideon Wells. He told them NOT to build an ironclad - a wooden ship, with sails, dependent on the undependable wind, and clad with iron plates like the Merrimac. He told them to build a totally iron hull, powered by a dependable coal-fired steam engine which eliminated the need for sails, masts, rigging. Instead Ericcson placed a revolving turrett with two canons on the deck of the Monitor. Trying to use undependable wind for power is reverting to pre-Civil War technology. If the wind was a dependable source of power. our ships would still have sails.
HoovervilleFollies Wrote: Mar 24, 2013 10:25 PM
" If the wind was a dependable source of power. our ships would still have sails."

Sorry, that's a stupid argument. Aside from individuals who prefer to generate home energy with a battery backup, no one is trying to use wind all by itself. The idea is to use it in combination with other sources. For example, when winds are strong, use less natural gas in the power plant --and vice versa. The same goes for solar. As time goes on, geothermal -- another "steady" source for power generation -- will likely fill much of the role now occupied by natural gas and coal.. And of course storage technologies will continue to advance.
Reginald10 Wrote: Mar 25, 2013 3:08 PM
Storage technologies are not exactly advancing. The latest lithium ion batteries that "didn't" catch fire in the Volt car, "aren't" catching fire in the Boeing 787, either.

But more to the point: You must maintain enough "conventional" power plants to replace ALL of the wind and solar power plants. By removing some of them, we are left at the mercy of the truly unsustainable power of wind & solar.

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