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1 posted on 12/11/2012 1:03:38 PM PST by neverdem
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The city of New Haven, CT was forced to quickly go from coal to oil and then back again in the 1970s. It was expensive, but they did it both times.

Gas lamps lighting up city streets and people’s houses through piped in natural gas occured a rather short while before the electric light bulb.

I purchased a house in Meriden, CT that was built in 1890. It was likely servants’ quarters. Nonetheless, it had electric lights integrated (uncoated separated lines and ceramic tubes, par for the era.)

I would modify the author’s position to SOME energy systems require a long transition. Going from oil to natural gas should be simpler than coal to nukes. The fact that nuke technology is now mature, but still improving, means we can spin it up more quickly than we could something truly novel (energy from tides, fusion, etc.)

Also, sheer will could create the change in “Big Mo”. When Reagan fired the illegal strikers at PATCO, a slimmed down set of controllers kept everything going with little more than a ripple.


2 posted on 12/11/2012 1:20:12 PM PST by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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If only we could harness the energy transfer when Chuckie Schemer sees a camera and the amount of friction generated in the air from the speed of him moving toward it...
3 posted on 12/11/2012 4:44:19 PM PST by Popman
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4 posted on 12/11/2012 6:43:21 PM PST by neverdem ( Xin loi min oi)
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To: wardaddy; Joe Brower; Cannoneer No. 4; Criminal Number 18F; Dan from Michigan; Eaker; Jeff Head; ...
Bid to Preserve Manhattan Project Sites in a Park Stirs Debate

The American Geophysical Union and Climate Hysteria

Mass migration from Mexico may be history (Michael Barone)

Abolish Social Studies - Born a century ago, the pseudo-discipline has outlived its uselessness.

Gary Mauser: Why the long-gun registry doesn’t work — and never did

Some noteworthy articles about politics, foreign or military affairs, IMHO, FReepmail me if you want on or off my list.

Happy Chanukah, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

5 posted on 12/11/2012 6:43:52 PM PST by neverdem ( Xin loi min oi)
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Good article, should be read by all. People think it is easy to transform our infrastructure, but the infrastructure we have has been built up over 110 years. I believe we could rapidly replace our infrastructure if is was a genuine emergency, like we were imminently running out of coal. But otherwise we must be satisfied by steady but long term improvements.

Renewable Energy: the Vision and a dose of reality

7 posted on 12/11/2012 9:25:38 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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mark for later


9 posted on 12/12/2012 6:54:21 AM PST by dirtboy
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