First up is milestone news from Hawaii. The Kaheawa Wind Power project has 6 windmills operating that generate an average of 9% of the Hawaiian Island Maui’s power. With 14 more to go, the total average power should get to 17%. Reported by National Wind Watch on November 28th, the article covers the power, environmental and electricity rates. There must be some happy folks on Maui. Beyond that there is lots of other news on this donor supported site. Good Stuff for the wind community.

Ah, gee. I have some reservations about the next one. Its very professionally written, even with some vernacular terms and a sense of disgust about the topic. The reticence I have comes from realizing the topic is in the high probability zone but the professionalizm might be a little to good at seizing ones thoughts. You could say the piece is a thrill ride. OK, Here goes: posted James H. Kunstler’s opinion piece, “The Last Days of the United States Dollar.” My God, please I hope he’s only partially right.

I check Herman Trabash’s page almost everyday. His layout is interesting and creative quick view kind of layout even if its little troublesome for my research, show me the facts sort of thinking and I just don’t have time to chase the background nor care for the bait sensation that the layout leaves with me. But on the post “Thermo Electric Dreams” Mr. Trabash has a pretty complete expose’ on temperature differentials at sea between the upper and lower levels to generate power. The MIT release is here and it’s much more complete. Its all theory at this point but coming from MIT and the fact that the basic science is pretty old with new materials and engineering a good future prospect, its well worth getting informed.

Tom Whipple at Falls Church News-Press smaks squarely into the oil situation with a take on what’s going on in China. He looks into it fairly and without a huge tilt. A consequence stated as “Chinese waiting in gas lines would be of minimal concern to most Americans so long as enough stuff was still getting through to the WalMart . . . shortages in China may be only weeks or months away from becoming shortages in other places— perhaps even at your favorite gas station. Thus it may be more important than you realize to keep track of gas lines in China for we are living in a globalized world.”

Tom takes this on out to the logical conclusion. I recommend this piece, it’s a concise and balanced op ed with a lot of background stirred into a story worth being absorbed.


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