Skip to comments.By the Rivers of ....;. Quebec? The cheap, green answer to our electricity needs.
Posted on 11/28/2012 7:02:27 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
Jake Irving looks excited. Sitting at a table in a noisy Washington, D.C., bistro, he pulls a chart out of a briefcase with a flourish. The numbers are simple: Canadas untapped, undammed rivers have enough potential to make a serious difference in North Americas energy needs while helping the economy on both sides of the border.
Generating plant at Niagara Falls, Ontario: More of this, eh?
According to data his Canadian Hydropower Association has collected from its members, Canada has an estimated 163,000 megawatts of untapped hydro capacity: enough to meet any expected increases in U.S. demand for electricity, enough to transform about a third of the U.S. vehicle fleet to electrical power or to replace many scheduled-for-retirement power-generating plants. This, he tells visitors, is where were going. Irving has every reason to act the cheerleader, but hardly anybody doubts his fundamental point: Hydropower offers the potential of an energy boom almost as large as the one now associated with natural gas.
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But, but the fish.
Sorry but we gotta tear out all the dams for the salmon and kayakers.
I’m not interested in Frog Electricity.
Obama and Gore don’t WANT clean, cheap, power, or any other kind of power....well, except for political power.
- population control,
- the end of capitalism,
- the end of freedom,
Hydroelectric energy is not considered renewable or "Green" in Washington State. The liberal/environmental religion here mandates that all rivers be unmolested by evil humans.
Does anyone intend to ask the Quebecois their thoughts on the matter?
You never hear them talk about the Carbon Footprint of these am removal projects either. I guess thats only important when the enviros deem it.
Hydroelectric has one advantage that virtually no other energy source has. It actually creates high dollar real estate around the reservoirs. Tearing them out has the opposite and expected result.
Linda Ronstadt - Rivers of Babylon
“The liberal/environmental religion here mandates that all rivers be unmolested by evil humans.”
Just one of many reasons I am eternally grateful the USAF called me away from eastern WA.
The US has almost unlimited coal deposits, and NOT using them for whatever we need them for, would be insanity.
Coal and Natural gas could conceivably replace all hydro electric generation should it be needed.
Hopefully no one is going to fall for dam removal.
I think that most people have yet to figure this out, but here’s the REAL STORY.
The purpose of Green Energy is not to replace existing energy. The purpose is to buy time while our existing sources (coal first) are systematically shut down. The promise of Green Energy gives political cover to shutting us down. HOWEVER, once any aspect of Green Energy actually shows some promise, then it is quickly stopped. Take a look at the California desert - some of the most deserted land in the world, and some of the best conditions for solar power. The Dems have locked up much of that desert in the name of environmentalism and now they’re fighting EVERY large solar project planned, some of which can even make money without government help.
But THE PROMISE of windmills and solar has allowed the Dems to prevent construction of new power plants for a DECADE now, so they are making progress. They knew the end game. Not long ago, North Korea was a wealthy country, people there even had a higher standard of living than the South. But then their oil supply got cut off (by the Soviet Union ending), and their power plants quickly shut down - and they starved - probably millions of them. The Dems see this as their roll model and dream of the day that they can do the same to Americans...they always have - that is who they are.
Pretty sad if you ask me.
Yeah, I think I'll take his unfounded wild-eyed leftwing speculations over the word of health officials. Right.
What the hell is happening to this forum anyway.
They want to remove four dams here on the Klamath river. They always talk about the good things that will come from it but never the bad. The reduced water flow in dry periods and the flooding in the storms. Then there is the millions of tons of sediment. It will be like in you’re story, toxic. So that will all be hazardous material that needs delt with. These people are crazy.
You must be kidding. We have torn out three in Washington and are planning more while they are going after several in Oregon and California, also.
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