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Lisa

United States

#41084 Nov 3, 2013
Al Gore wrote:
Global warming is real! Save the planet.
Reduce your carbon usage.
Shut up Mr. Al Jazeera
Jeff

Beckley, WV

#41085 Nov 3, 2013
Al Gore wrote:
Global warming is real! Save the planet.
Reduce your carbon usage.
How much money will I have to spend?
litesong

Monroe, WA

#41086 Nov 3, 2013
deaf jeff wrote:
How much money will I have to spend?
To begin, you will save money....... but you won't do that.
Coal is King

Murray, KY

#41087 Nov 3, 2013
Another message from the coalfields.

From Pikeville, KY:

"Global warming is a marxist homosexual plot! Look it up! Bible believing christian patriots of america would never believe in it! Pollution is not real but is anti capitalists

Reject homo-socialist tree huggers!

America needs to go bacj to God!"
litesong

Monroe, WA

#41088 Nov 3, 2013
drink yellow snow wrote:
Clearly some of these "scientists" have just used their extensive educations to lie better.......
Those scientists that lie are called toxic AGW deniers & are always quoted by toxic topix AGW deniers.
Jeff

Beckley, WV

#41089 Nov 3, 2013
litesong wrote:
<quoted text>
To begin, you will save money....... but you won't do that.
How will it save me money? Give me specifics.
litesong

Monroe, WA

#41090 Nov 3, 2013
coal is killing wrote:
America needs to go bacj(sic) to God!"
"coal is killing" got too excited with its diatribe. What "coal is killing" says it wants America to do, it doesn't itself.

Since: Mar 09

Wichita, KS

#41091 Nov 3, 2013
Jeff wrote:
<quoted text>
How will it save me money? Give me specifics.
While money is necessary and important, it is not the only factor in life. As a matter of fact if basic qualities of life are lost, money is useless.
litesong

Monroe, WA

#41092 Nov 3, 2013
deaf jeff wrote:
How will it save me money?
Its real easy........but "deaf jeff" is deaf...... & dumb....... & a toxic topix AGW denier.

Since: Mar 09

Wichita, KS

#41093 Nov 3, 2013
Mothra wrote:
<quoted text>
Yegads... you'll argue anything then attempt to twist into your political agenda.
Think some... post less.
I would expect the same from you since you have little real evidence to offer. Are you educated or uneducated? The rest we know.

Since: Mar 09

Wichita, KS

#41094 Nov 3, 2013
Jason wrote:
<quoted text>
Idiots are idiots period. What is uneducatged?
Assume and you would be wrong...again! To proclaim that higher education doesn't have progressive socialist professors is to willfully lie. I won't do that. Is every higher education professor a socialist? The answer is no but the majority of universities are slanted liberal.
Did Mr. Ed of MSNBC give you your talking points?
An unedumicatged idiot is what he is. Have you attended any higher education universities? If you have you will find that there are both liberal and conservative professors. What they do have in common is they are progressive thinkers. Not the run of the mill regressive thinkers of many of the radicals.
Jeff

Beckley, WV

#41095 Nov 3, 2013
litesong wrote:
<quoted text>
Its real easy........but "deaf jeff" is deaf...... & dumb....... & a toxic topix AGW denier.
Since you cannot give the specifics, lets assume you are the uneducated. Now if you want to change that, we are waiting on those "specifics", but seeing as you are nothing more than a parrot, well, what is next, another rant?

“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#41096 Nov 3, 2013
kristy wrote:
<quoted text>
Oh lord....can anyone explain why we are only comparing hurricane activity to the last 30 years and not the last 100 years? Are we cherry picking?
Check out this bad boy: www.willoughbyontheweb.com/.../formation_of_w... ;

“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#41097 Nov 3, 2013
Retired Farmer wrote:
<quoted text>
You are assuming that supporting and using green energy means going "off the grid" with your own personal wind generator, solar panel, etc. It does not. The future of green energy will be its use by the public utilities. By your reasoning, no one who does not burn coal directly is using it.
There will come a time in the not too distant future when all buildings will create their own power needs. Big utility companies will be a thing of the past.

“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#41098 Nov 3, 2013
OzRitz wrote:
NYT: Nov 1 2013
Climate change will pose sharp risks to the world’s food supply in coming decades, potentially undermining crop production and driving up prices at a time when the demand for food is expected to soar, scientists have found. In a departure from an earlier assessment, the scientists concluded that rising temperatures will have some beneficial effects on crops in some places, but that globally they will make it harder for crops to thrive — perhaps reducing production over all by as much as 2 percent each decade for the rest of this century, compared with what it would be without climate change.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/02/science/ear...
Farming can easily be moved to the moon or in orbiting farms.
Coal is King

Hopkinsville, KY

#41099 Nov 3, 2013
litesong wrote:
<quoted text>
"coal is killing" got too excited with its diatribe. What "coal is killing" says it wants America to do, it doesn't itself.
That was a quote from the Pikeville, KY, Topix forum, misspelling and all.

That's the reason folks down in the coalfields hate you damn environazis. We don't matter to you. Our values don't matter to you.

Don't come to eastern Kentucky.

“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#41100 Nov 3, 2013
(Copyright: Mark Elwood, SpaceWorks Enterprises, Inc.)
It would solve our energy needs overnight. But with huge technological and financial challenges, can space-based solar power ever take off?
Space power concept developed
Europe's biggest space company is seeking partners to fly a demonstration solar power mission in orbit.
“Ex-Nasa scientist seeks visionary billionaire to help change the world. High risk venture. Return not guaranteed. GSOH a plus.”
John Mankins, the scientist in question, has not yet reached the point of placing a classified ad, but it could soon be an option. The 25-year veteran of the US space agency is the man behind a project called SPS-Alpha, which aims to loft tens of thousands of lightweight, inflatable modules into space. Once there, they will be assembled into a huge bell-shaped structure that will use mirrors to concentrate energy from the sun onto solar panels. The collected energy would then be beamed down to ground stations on Earth using microwaves, providing unlimited, clean energy and overnight reducing our reliance on polluting fossil fuels. The snag? It is unproven technology and he estimates it will take at least $15bn-$20bn to get his project off the ground.
Mankins initially had research funding from an advanced concepts arm at Nasa, but that money dried up in September 2012; hence his continuing search for a benefactor.
“I can't think of a better solution than to find somebody who is very wealthy, very visionary and willing to make this happen,” he says.
But not everyone shares Mankins' optimism. Space-based solar power (SBSP) is a topic that divides the scientific world into extremes. On one side are people like Mankins who believe it is the only solution to our ever increasing energy demands, whilst on the other is a sizeable chunk of the scientific community who believe any money put into solar power should remain firmly on the ground.
High times
SBSP has its roots in the 1941 short story Reason, by Isaac Asimov, which depicts a space station – run by robots – collecting energy from the sun to distribute to Earth and other planets. No further thought was given to the idea until the late 1960s, when aerospace engineer Peter Glaser began to investigate its potential. In the following decades, various concepts were put forward but none took off. At the same time Nasa and the US Department of Energy also became involved, funding bits and pieces of research and commissioning reports into its feasibility. Most of these concluded that SBSP was too “high risk” and too costly.
But in recent years, SBSP has once again begun to attract attention with projects emerging in the US, Russia, China, India and Japan, amongst others. All are driven by increasing energy demands, soaring oil and gas prices, a desire to find clean alternatives to fossil fuels and by a burgeoning commercial space industry that promises to lower the cost of entry into space and spur on a host of new industries.
“SBSP is the ultimate energy source for the world and eventually it's going to replace nearly everything else,” says Ralph Nansen of US-based advocacy group Solar High, with some of the characteristic hyperbole that defines both sides of the SBSP debate.“I don't think there's any doubt that within the next century we will be getting the majority of our power from space. It's just a question of when.”

“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#41101 Nov 3, 2013
Space Farming: The Final Frontier
NASA looks to grow fresh veggies, 230 miles above the Earth

By Jesse Hirsch on September 10, 2013
Photographs by Stephen Allen
Last year, an astronaut named Don Pettit began an unusual writing project on NASA’s website. Called “Diary of a Space Zucchini,” the blog took the perspective of an actual zucchini plant on the International Space Station (ISS). Entries were insightful and strange, poignant and poetic.

“I sprouted, thrust into this world without anyone consulting me,” wrote Pettit in the now-defunct blog.“I am utilitarian, hearty vegetative matter that can thrive under harsh conditions. I am zucchini — and I am in space.”

An unorthodox use of our tax dollars, but before you snicker, consider this: That little plant could be the key to our future. If — as some doomsday scientists predict — we eventually exhaust the Earth’s livability, space farming will prove vital to the survival of our species. Around the world, governments and private companies are doing research on how we are going to grow food on space stations, in spaceships, even on Mars. The Mars Society is testing a greenhouse in a remote corner of Utah, researchers at the University of Gelph in Ontario are looking at long-term crops like soybeans and barley and Purdue University scientists are marshaling vertical garden design for space conditions. Perhaps most importantly, though, later this year NASA will be producing its own food in orbit for the first time ever.

And if space farming still seems like a pipe dream, the zucchini also served a more tangible purpose. It kept Pettit and his crewmates sane.

You Can Eat It, Too
Growing food in space helps solve one of the biggest issues in space travel: the price of eating. It costs roughly $10,000 a pound to send food to the ISS, according to Howard Levine, project scientist for NASA’s International Space Station and Spacecraft Processing Directorate. There’s a premium on densely caloric foods with long shelf lives. Supply shuttles carry such limited fresh produce that Gioia Massa, a postdoctoral fellow at NASA, says astronauts devour it almost immediately.

Levine and Massa are part of the team developing the Vegetable Production System (VEGGIE) program, set to hit the ISS later this year. This December, NASA plans to launch a set of Kevlar pillow-packs, filled with a material akin to kitty litter, functioning as planters for six romaine lettuce plants. The burgundy-hued lettuce (NASA favors the “Outredgeous” strain) will be grown under bright-pink LED lights, ready to harvest after just 28 days.

NASA has a long history of testing plant growth in space, but the goals have been largely academic. Experiments have included figuring out the effects of zero-gravity on plant growth, testing quick-grow sprouts on shuttle missions and assessing the viability of different kinds of artificial light. But VEGGIE is NASA’s first attempt to grow produce that could actually sustain space travelers.
Coal is King

Hopkinsville, KY

#41102 Nov 3, 2013
More voices from the coalfields:

From Belfry, KY:

“Coal has been a viable energy supplier since around 1760. Yep, around 250 years.

(The Industrial Revolution was the transition to new manufacturing processes in the period from about 1760 to sometime between 1820 and 1840. This transition included going from hand production methods to machines, new chemical manufacturing and iron production processes, improved efficiency of water power, the increasing use of steam power and the development of machine tools. It also included the change from wood and other bio-fuels to coal. It began in England and within a few decades had spread to Western Europe and the United States.)

No, coal won't last forever, but I bet ya it will be back strong again one day. It has always been an up and down market, but pretty sustainable over the years. As far as the cancer in the area, I say look at what people smoke on and their gluttony. That is more of the health problem than coal is. Coal always has been an honest job, and always will be. The dems time will run out and the repubs will be back in again. It is and has been the cycle. Coal picks back up then like clock work! Coal will be around for another hundred years or so. It is there to be gotten.”

From Clay City, KY:

“It's better to be outside the tent and pissing in than inside the tent and getting pissed on. The Federal Government "EPA" and this current administration is pissing all over Eastern Ky. Just pissing on your back and telling you that it is raining!
Don't depend on the people that are pissing on you to make things better or to stop.

Get out of the stream! Eastern Ky. will be the cesspool of the state and nation, AGAIN!”

From Harold, KY:

“Shake the hand of anyone that voted for Obama and thank them for destroying your coal mining jobs. Your union bosses sold you the f*ck out! The people that didn't take five minutes to research who Obama really was before voting, sold you the f*ck out! Habitual Democrats (mommy and daddy) sold you the f*ck out! Now the Republicans caved under the pressure from Obama thinking that was the only chance to save themselves and get reelected. So they have sold you the f*ck out too! The only hope anyone has left is to elect the likes of Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and other true Americans! Tea Party! Oath Keepers!”

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