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Thanks to Heraldo for finding it.

It looks intriguing to me.  Yes, I know birds will be killed.  As noted previously, there is a formidable coalition of environmentalists and conservative NIMBY’s in opposition.

Addendum:  Here is an op-ed piece at the Times Standard in support of the proposal.

According to this article, solar power is currently generating more jobs in the US than any other power source industry.

Would that a significant amount of the stimulus money had been spent with this in mind.

There you have it.

Addendum:  On the other hand, solar power is evolving well beyond cute!

Alternative energy has done quite well by this Oregon town.

What ever happened to the proposal for windmills in the coastal hills near Ferndale?

Looks like they will bring back the panels!

Previous post on subject.

Post questions and comments here. I’ll monitor it. I just don’t want Reuben’s thread polluted.

This seems to be the thread to bring up anything about anything.

Code enforcement.

Nuclear satellites crashing into Saturn.

How many will believe the Corn Refiners Association when they tell you that high fructose corn syrup is good for you?

If you believe the mainstream media analysts, Obama is losing even though he’s winning.

The Anglican Church war has begun. All over homosexuality.

The McCains are in default on their taxes.

Colin Powell to endorse Obama?

Free solar power?

A guide to nude beaches.

What are the lessons of 1968? Don’t ask me. I was four years old. I think I learned not to carry a cat by it’s tail.

“Two Visions of Democracy: Debating Liberalism, Multiculturalism, and the Question of Tariq Ramadan”

Your Brain Lies to You – or How Propaganda Works

Left winger turned neocon and practicing Muslim writer Stephen Schwartz‘ review of the NCJ article of several weeks ago entitled Seeing Red, about communists in Humboldt County:

I thought this was about the most pathetic thing I had ever read. It
was reprinted in Anderson’s paper.

Schwartz often contributes to the AVA. He’s kind of grumpy.

Addendum: Some more stories.

Cuba’s urban farming program paying dividends. Not to sing praises for the Cuban government where it isn’t due, but this farming approach may be a model to export. Meanwhile, Mexico City is experimenting with rooftop gardens to fight warming. And Kenya’s developed a drought-resistant wheat.

A resource link center for the best solar panels and inverters, or so goes the PR.

Where the Obama-is-a-Muslim rumors started – the source discovered.

Beaming solar power down from space.

Mercedes to eliminate petroleum combustion vehicles from its line-up.

The US’ first offshore wind farm.

On another forum, this Dutch blogger brought to my attention the solar race car “Nuna” (depicted above) which has won the Solar Challenge in the last four races (the race is biannual, so they have essentially held the title for six years (obviously guaranteed eight). She is particularly proud as the car is the creation of Delft University engineering students. You will find a couple of videos in her post on topic.

The race is across Australia just over 3000 Kilometers, which is about 2000 miles if my brain is working right. Nuna is powered on demand, although she explains that a Lithium Polymer battery is used to stabilize the current. I can’t find the rules at the event site, so I’m not sure if the participants would be allowed to supplement the power supply with stored power so long as it originated from the sun (well, most all our power originates from the sun ultimately, but you know what I mean).

According to this article, Nuna finished the race in 32 and a half hours, averaging about 60 miles per hour and breaking its own (and the world’s) record. On the last day they pushed it and traveled over 65 miles per hour to cover about 830 km (tired of doing the conversions).

The article also contains some of the vehicle’s specs.


In other solar news, Berkeley is instituting an innovative plan to encourage solar powered homes. Basically, the city will incur the initial cost of the construction of the system and the homeowner will pay it back as a low-interest property assessment over 20 years. The interest and principle will be kept low with the help of low interest bonds, grants, and rebates.
For more information about Berkeley‘s energy-saving initiatives, go to

For information on California’s incentives and rebates for installing solar panels, go to or

The North Coast Journal makes note of David Katz’ entry into the business hall of fame (right under an article about LSD and the Cotton Death). For those outside the area, or new to it, David is the founder of Alternative Energy Engineering which is becoming known in the business world by its hip initials AEE.

The NCJ article was prompted by this Inc, Magazine article. The business has expanded over 800 percent in 3 years and made over 28 million last year.

I hope he doesn’t get too big for Redway.

Shell Oil is proposing a “huge” wind power project in the hills to the south of Ferndale. I know that environmentalists have complained about the impact of wind power on birds (who fly into them apparently – and the magnitude and effects of mitigation techniques are a matter of dispute). Probably other environmental issues will be raised.

On the other hand, environmentalists have to let up somewhere. We need power obviously and pretty much everything we do is going to have some environmental impact.

Somebody at a website called “Treehugger” (also linked above) makes the following observation:

It’s a given that anytime we post a story on wind power someone is going to comment that “turbines kill birds,” suggesting that wind power may therefore be unacceptable. Compared to what? Hitting birds with automobiles (along with turtles, groundhogs, and deer)? Birds caught by feral cats? Birds colliding with buildings or phone towers? Quite possibly, a higher mortality will be attached to the transmission wires needed to get the wind power to market. Why, then, do many associate bird mortality only with wind turbines? We hope to get to the bottom of this “death by turbine” myth hole, and point to the factors that can actually be managed though public involvement.

The article then discusses in more detail some of the mitigating factors, and some of the bird-death stats.

Photo source.


June 2020