Aug 9, 2014
A New Take on Energy Conservation
I look at energy conservation in an unusual way. The usual way would be to encourage you to adjust your thermostat, use those special energy efficient light bulbs, unplug your cellphone charger when it is not charging, and buy modern more efficient appliances. These are all good things. Small incremental changes add up over time....
I look at energy conservation in an unusual way.
The usual way would be to encourage you to adjust your thermostat, use those special energy efficient light bulbs, unplug your cellphone charger when it is not charging, and buy modern more efficient appliances.
These are all good things. Small incremental changes add up over time.
There is a motherload of wasted energy out there, if we could just somehow change some social paradigms, if we could challenge the authority of the words, “we have always done it this way,” we could stop wasting billions of megawatts.
VIRTUAL FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
Our Congressman and Senators were never meant to be full time wards of the state. The wasted energy in official commuting to DC, plus keeping the lights on, plus defending it–huge.
Have they even heard of a teleconference? If they can fund supercomputers to spy on us they can’t come up with a way to stay in the community the represent and do it online? The technology is available.
It would make it more apparent what many of already know, it is a part time job. Your average politician and staff might spend 30 to 50 percent of their time traveling. There is no desire to change something that results in perks, status, parties, party girls, you get the picture.
CAMPAIGN FINANCE ELIMINATION
Jetting around the country was once necessary. We have the web, social media, and more news more hours than I want to here. There shouldn’t be any campaigning. It would work better that way.
“Get out the vote” efforts always bother me, for both parties. Why get someone to vote who isn’t following things? It just means someone bought someone’s vote. The travel about the country, think of the savings in jet fuel alone.
THE KOREAN SOLUTION
The Mexican Border is an energy problem: energy policing it, energy and resources dealing with illegal immigration related problems. My preferred solution is to annex Mexico, possibly through absentee ballots of all the Mexicans in the USA or by invasion.
There is another solution, the Korean solution. No one sneaks across that border. It is mined. We could mine the whole thing and spend less energy on the issue.
Consider we won’t build nuclear reactors in this country. We have zero carbon emission nuclear reactors on aircraft carriers and submarines that are big enough to power cities.
The power we don’t use to power our cities is used to power a foreign policy that keeps carbon emitting fuel oil flowing from the Mullahs in the Middle East. These Mullahs use their wealth to fund terrorism and make work for more ships and energy-consuming military operations!
Isn’t that a roundabout way to use nuclear power? It is wasted energy, wasted blood, wasted treasure.
We should “turn our swords into plowshares” — build a couple of nuclear ships and plug them in. If some no-nuke barefoot crunchy-granola-eating freak wants to protest, you can moor it somewhere else and they can wait for the sun to come out or whatever you do without power.
Perhaps the biggest wasted energy is socialism. It is socialistic to fund things like Solyndra by government fiat rather than competition, it just takes longer to get back to what works—an incredible waste.
Originally published on now-defunct IAmDanger.com on June 21, 2014