David Suzuki column: Cutting through ...

David Suzuki column: Cutting through polluted public discourse

There are 1 comment on the Lake Cowichan Gazette story from May 6, 2018, titled David Suzuki column: Cutting through polluted public discourse. In it, Lake Cowichan Gazette reports that:

"We're not going to get off fossil fuels overnight!" How many times have you heard that? Over the decades I've been hearing it, we've increased exploration and development, continued to build infrastructure that locks us in to fossil fuels for years to come, increased greenhouse gas emissions and pollution, and failed to conserve energy and develop clean energy to the extent necessary to prevent catastrophic global climate change. At some point, the phrase just becomes an excuse for procrastination.

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Solarman

Dewey, AZ

#1 May 7, 2018
"Over the decades Ive been hearing it, weve increased exploration and development, continued to build infrastructure that locks us in to fossil fuels for years to come, increased greenhouse gas emissions and pollution, and failed to conserve energy and develop clean energy to the extent necessary to prevent catastrophic global climate change. At some point, the phrase just becomes an excuse for procrastination."

'WE' focus on our own day to day lives and long standing oil companies are lobbying for more tax dollars to increase exploration and development. Procrastination and institutionalized Utility talking head B.S. is easier to repeat as the "reason" to stay the same, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." Getting off one's entitled ass and adopting solar PV and or wind generation is deemed "tree hugger", "Hippee greenie", or some other jingoistic dumbassism. With cyber attacks and other such events over the last 5 or so years, the grid infrastructure is ripe for a massive cascading shutdown that might just take days to weeks to 'fix'. By going from the century old Utility business model of centralized fueled generation with power corridor distribution, the grid needs more distributed generation resources with local and regional energy storage. Micro-grids with alternative energy non-fueled generation and energy storage could replace many fueled centralized generation stations across the U.S.. Little to no need to burn fuel to keep a plant at the ready in the spinning mode of operation which is inefficient and more costly than energy storage and inverter switching to correct frequency and sag conditions along the grid in milliseconds to seconds, instead of several minutes to hour(s) to ramp up a fueled generation source from spinning mode.

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