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Old Feb 25th, 2009, 05:05 PM   #31
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Many speculate the reason that one of the 9/11 flights went down in Pennsylvania was because it shot down since the army thought it was heading towards the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant.
No 9/11 plane was shot down...
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Old Feb 25th, 2009, 06:16 PM   #32
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No 9/11 plane was shot down...
Says who Lars, CNN?
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Old Mar 18th, 2009, 11:02 PM   #33
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Some news on producing coal based synthesis gas in Alberta.

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Alberta will be the site of a $30-million demonstration project aimed at unlocking the clean energy potential of the province's vast coal reserves.

The province is contributing $8.83 million toward a $30-million underground coal gasification demonstration project that taps into coal seams that are too deep to be mined economically -- and would otherwise sit idle--to produce clean, synthesis gas for power generation.

The demonstration project, with Calgary's Swan Hills Synfuels LP, is the first of its kind in North America and, at roughly 1,400 metres below the surface, the deepest under-ground coal gasification ever conducted in the world.
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Old Mar 19th, 2009, 12:31 PM   #34
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No 9/11 plane was shot down...
Which of course clearly explains why one of the engines was found 2 mile from the crash site.

Also the official explanation that Major Gibbons was flying a big wig from Montana to Washington in his F-16 does seem even more unbelievable than Rumsfeld admitting that he (Gibbons) shot down the Pennsylvania flight.

Rumsfeld says 9-11 plane <br>'shot down' in Pennsylvania
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Old Mar 20th, 2009, 01:48 PM   #35
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Not surprising, ever since MacDonnell-Douglas invented the technology in the 70's that allows engines to break off of a jet at any time, which was a similar kind of engineering task mastered by Ford when they designed the explode on command Pinto, and GM with the burst into flames whenever Vega...
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Old Mar 21st, 2009, 11:06 PM   #36
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" ... I would like to see utiities offering geothermal systems on a predictable interest loan over the long term, and paying them back on the utiity bill. ..."

SaskPower (what you guys would call "~Hydro") offers $25,000 at 6~7% (depending on the term of the loan) for Geothermal Conversions if you currently have electric heat, with payments via your utility bill. They also offer another $25,000 loan to install a "renewable electricity" generating system (solar, wind). You can combine the loans for a total of up to $50,000. Minimum loan is $5,000.

If you are using natural gas (and probably heating oil ... nobody in Sask does), you need to finance it yourself but are eligible for $10K in grants, and government grants are also available for Geotherm if your new home is built to R-2000 standard. In addition to the government aid, SaskPower will kick in a $3,500 grant for any R-2000 compliant home.

Each province decides how they want to organize their home energy grants, but the Feds offer matching grants if your province comes to the plate.

Net Metering projects (you tie into the grid and send excess electricity to the utility) that have a capacity of 100kW or less are eligible for a grant of 35% up to a maximum of $35,000 from SaskPower. Eligible projects can be wind, solar, biomass, heat reclaim, low-impact hydro, or flare gas. SaskPower provides electricity to most of the province, but the cities of Saskatoon and Swift Current own their own utility. All three allow Net Metering systems.

One interesting thing about the SaskPower Net Metering grant is the prominent notation that all grants from all sources cannot exceed 100% of the cost of the project, implying that other money is available.

Large scale wind isn't feasible in Saskatchewan because along with Manitoba it's the North American goose and duck flyway, so small scale wind is the only option here.

As for the small-scale nuclear generator, we won't be seeing these in homes within 5 years even if everything was 100% Go right now ... it takes 15+ years to get past the regulatory hurdles for our current nuclear projects; the factory would take a very long time to go from startup to production, and who knows how long before you could actually install the thing in your house. Around here it takes 2 years to get a plumber.

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Old Mar 22nd, 2009, 01:11 AM   #37
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Net Metering projects (you tie into the grid and send excess electricity to the utility) that have a capacity of 100kW or less are eligible for a grant of 35% up to a maximum of $35,000 from SaskPower. Eligible projects can be wind, solar, biomass, heat reclaim, low-impact hydro, or flare gas. SaskPower provides electricity to most of the province, but the cities of Saskatoon and Swift Current own their own utility. All three allow Net Metering systems.

One interesting thing about the SaskPower Net Metering grant is the prominent notation that all grants from all sources cannot exceed 100% of the cost of the project, implying that other money is available.

Large scale wind isn't feasible in Saskatchewan because along with Manitoba it's the North American goose and duck flyway, so small scale wind is the only option here.
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Really wish similar regs were in place in AB. Our overall energy use is fairly low. A wind generator 1-2 KWH would largely offset our use, but having to store in batteries and switch back and forth makes it a bad tradeoff.

Other big thing would be to force those privatized energy companies to drop the gouge fees. They discourage energy conservation as the end user sees little or no benefit from reducing use as the gouge fee tends to mask the drop.
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Old Mar 23rd, 2009, 05:42 PM   #38
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" ... Really wish similar regs were in place in AB. ..."

It's not all that simple to set up and insure safety, and any utility is perfectly correct to take the time to make sure you are not, for example, energizing the public line during an outage when real people with real hearts and real families are working on the lines. It's not trivial or a matter of just drawing up some regulation.

BC Hydro did a lot of the leg work a few years ago and most Canadian utilities can just grab their approval specifications and modify them to any particular local situations. For example, in Saskatoon the entire downtown runs off a 600V line, which is non-standard. But it's safety first, and nothing will happen without every little thing being looked at and solved.

I would inquire with your local utility and see how they are coming along with the process. Certainly they are looking at it; they all are. They save a lot in capital cost expenditures when you generate your own; it's a win for them financially.

But, you have to realize you are tying to the grid, and they won't just "trust you" when a fairly small private power generator can potentially take down the whole grid (from Ontario to the US midwest, as happened a few years ago).

A 1~2 kW system probably doesn't offer enough savings to justify paying for the necessary equipment to safely tie into the grid; really you're talking a 1-way system that just reduces your bill instead of selling back to the grid.

You get to take home the satisfaction that you are more efficient (distance plays a huge role) and will save the planet a tonne or perhaps two of CO2 a year over your utility's footprint. That's equal to roughly 6 months of driving a reasonably new car.

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Underground storage of nuclear waste is the solution. For example, there are millions of dry oil wells in the world to put waste far out of reach of doing harm to any human.

People who oppose nuclear energy seldom think it through.
It's not that cut and dry, unfortunately SINC. While the technology already exists to reintroduce matter deep into the ground via disposal wells, WHAT goes into them is carefully monitored for contaminants and toxicity. These subterranean zones travel for miles and small cracks and fissures allow disposal water to widely disperse. That's how the oil and gas got IN there in the first place.

What is injected deep into one well can show up in someone's drinking water miles and miles away if the proper precautions are not taken or for whatever reason fail.

Having endured my fair share of grillings/beatings at regulatory hearings to get mere oil & gas projects approved, I can't even fathom the day when we would get approval to inject highly radioactive material into the ground. If it was approved, it would likely have so many conditions burdening it, it still may not be able to actually fly.
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Well duh, you don't just dump waste in the ground without proper preparation. The wells would obviously have to be sealed off before any such move was made. Underground storage is a safe option when done properly.
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