Americas Dirty Electricity Secret, What Big Gas & Oil Don't Want You To Know
WHERE DO WE GET OUR ELECTRICITY FROM?
by Pete Whipple on Thursday, December 2, 2010 at 12:32am
The United States gets 50% of it's electricity from coal fired power plants. They are just as filthy, dirty and environmentally destructive as burning oil/diesel for fuel and extracting natural gas is to us and our planet. We all must work to shut these coal fired power plants down, and to stop the extraction of natural gas through fracking. These technologies do more harm than good. We need to close their doors forever.
The "front" of the fight for our environment is
in the shutting down of Coal Fired Power Plants,
Deepwater Oil Drilling, and "Fracking" for Natural Gas.
These three issues are worth your time to pass along this knowledge to others. Knowledge may spare the sword. Protesting, Civil Disobedience, and blockades to access of these plants may all be necessary soon as the environmental damage worsens, and people become desperate to save our earth, if the people cashing in on these industries don't voluntarily do waht is right for our earth. It is better to rally peacefully now, than to rally forcefully later.
Windmills ever so slowly continue to be manufactured and installed accross our nation. (While China builds one wind turbine every hour.) Enough wind blows across our midwest to provide eight times the planets present electrical usage. Solar Power Plants are also being constructed (primarily in California) Solar panels are getting installed on homes, wharehouses and commercial buildings. They are even being used to shade parking lots. With the sun and wind we have a virtual unlimited supply of renewable, responsible clean green energy.
We don't need giant batteries to store solar and wind power at night or on a calm day. State of the art vaccuum sealed flywheels made with electro-magnet bearings and carbon fiber, spin up during the day and in a wind, storing electricity. At night or in no wind they spin down, sending electricity into the grid. Flywheels also regulate a constant steady voltage into the grid, as do modern wind turbines with variable pitch blades. This means the blades change angle at different wind speeds so the rpm's are the same, and the voltage is steady.
WHAT ABOUT THE ADDED ELECTRICAL DEMAND FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES?
The automotive industry will make the conversion to 100% pure electric vehicles on it's own. The Nissan Leaf is available now, and so is the Mitsubishi MiEV, and several others. BMW, Mini Coopers, and others are leading way in producing high performance electric cars. Once americans see that electric cars can go faster, and out perform combustion vehicles, every one will want one! The auto industry has also learned that they no longer need and depend on the oil industry.
It only makes sense to abandon the oil and coal industry and use those resources to build non-polluting, green electricity power plants of wind and sun. There will be plenty of jobs installing and upgrading transmission lines for the grid as well. The U.S. grid system needs an overhaul anyway, much of it was built 60 years ago during and after World War II.
THE 160th ANIVERSARY OF OUR GLOBAL INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION
The industrial revolution of the last century has given us among other things; coal, oil, natural gas, cars, trucks, pollution, global warming, and war. It has even corrupted our democracy by way of greed and power weilded by only a few in politics and in the oil and gas industry. It changed our way of life, transformed our economy, changed our work force, and the sort of work we do. Things were pretty good for most people for about 100 years of this revolution. Now this industrial revolution has become lethal, deadly for all life on earth if it is allowed to continue unchanged.
100 years ago some jobs were lost, and some created by the changes in technology. Today we are in the midst of another global revolution. An environmentally responsible revolution, a necessary change in how we use old technology and the introduction of new technologies. Some jobs will again be lost, and some created.
With 10% unemployment in america today, the odds of creating rather than losing jobs in green energy investments are pretty good.
Some of the very rich will lose some money, others will begin to earn money in businesses which are now still in thier infancy. There will be a change in political power. Politicians will have to divest themselves of their oil and gas financial interests. This is all necessary for the health and survival of our mother earth. We all must adapt to survive.
Don't worry about all the gas stations, auto shops, and parts stores going out of business. Most gas stations are more grocery store than garage already, proof that the market changes over time. Those with a great location or the ability to change and adapt will stay in business. Those that don't, won't. After all when was the last time you saw someone cruising your neighborhood selling ice for your ice box?
OSV vessel crew will still go offshore, but they will go to off shore wind farms instead of to oil drilling platforms. Utility workers will still be utility workers, and probably alot more of them. Auto shops will become exclusive specialty shops, and auto parts are not made in the U.S. anyway. Gas stations will still sell beer and cigarettes, and electric cars will still need brakes, tires, and lubrication.
If the Navajo tribe can give up 200 or so jobs for their own people to shut down a coal mine, and others have even given their very lives because they really believe in something, it would be considered honorable for those who must change careers to do so.