Needs a catalytic converter, reduced NOx emissions, data uplink, computer
controlled draft, and a serial number for taxation purposes. And the
California model has automatic rolling blackout, that extinguishes the fire
every four hours. More or less, it's some what random.
I'm only half teasing, I expect all of these "improvements" within a few
Christopher A. Young;
"S. Barker" < firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
A bit jealous? A bit undereducated on the question?
Well, yes it is and no it isn't. Depends. If one burns "dirty" it
is. If clean it isn't. I assume you are talking about two things.
Pollution: A modern airtight is almost polution free. I would be
putting almost the same amount of pollution out burning fuel oil.
Carbon: Burning wood in the long run is carbon neutral as the carbon
locked up in the wood _will_ be freed sometime due to either fire or
rot. Of course in the short term it adds co2.
But there is another side to the carbon question. If I don't burn
wood, my only other economic choice is fuel oil. Is it better to be
burnign a non-renewable, co2 adding resource or burn a renewable
(wood), co2 adding (short term) resource?
Looks like wood is not "bad" but at least a 50/50 trade off. In my
view it comes out ahead because of the renewable resource bit.
Okay, you provide it and I will use it to for my next tank fill.
There is practical and then there is pie in the sky.
When it comes to heating, it is a necessary evil and must be done
somehow. Currently there are no 'clean' methods that are economically
viable. Someone will spring up now with "solar" ignoring the
"economically viable" bit. When someone can show me where an entry
level house can be totally solar at a reasonable cost...
Do the math. About 745 watts per sq meter falls on the earth's surface. On
the equator. At noon. With no clouds. The only way to increase this number
is to move the orbit of the earth closer to the sun.
Assuming 70% efficiency for solar collectors, and adjusting for latitude and
40% cloud cover, it would take a collector farm the size of the Los Angeles
basin (~1200 sq miles) to provide power for California (~50GW).
Overlooking the cost to build and maintain 1200 sq miles of collectors, the
people of Los Angeles would have to fight in the shade.
I suppose it's what your used to. When a hurricane heads our way, vistors
look down and say "Feet, make tracks!" while we natives stock up on beer and
strawberry pop-tarts. Can't have a party without pop-tarts.
We're starting to take hurricanes a bit more seriously, though. Last one
that affected our area, Katrina, missed us by almost 200 miles. What it DID
do, however, was bother us with 250,000 evacuees from New Orleans, a great
number of which were criminals.
In the intervening two years, most of these criminals have been killed off
or are in Texas jails ("Whatch yo' mean, I can't be walkin' in my 'hood with
a Malt an' a toke?"), but why go to the trouble. In today's Houston paper:
"[Evacuees] seeking to escape the next hurricane or state emergency by
evacuation bus will first be submitted to criminal background checks, the
state's emergency management director says."
Appease the gods of wind and water with human sacrifice, I always say.
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