Category Archives: Solar

Solar not so ‘clean’ after all!

Don’t want a nuclear power plant in your backyard? What about a rare-earth’s mine for solar panels? This tailings dam is 11.5km in diameter. Wikipedia explains that “Chemicals in the dam have been linked to lower crop yields in surrounding … Continue reading

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The best of both worlds? Nuclear & solar friends?

What impact will Electric Vehicles have on this debate? I see automated EVs as being a huge new electricity consumer that could work for either a half renewable half nuclear grid, *or* an all nuclear grid. Let’s explore the 100% … Continue reading

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Amory Lovins should answer this…

Environmental Progress explains:- Climate and environmental scientists organized by Environmental Progress urged New Jersey’s Governor Philip Murphy to pass the legislation, and I testified in support of the legislation last December. But the legislation’s passage came at a hefty price: 18 to 28 times more … Continue reading

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Solar PV toxic waste being dumped

Online Opinion has another article suspicious of nuclear waste dumps in Australia, and  suspicious of the political process to get one. I wrote the following comment in reply. Shock! Horror! An industrial process has dangerous waste by products!? Wow. This is … Continue reading

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Solar glider whoop te do!

Newsflash: solar glider takes off to fly across Pacific!!!! Everyone rejoice!!!!!!!!! Real story: it’s doing so after a 2 or 3 week break due to bad weather! Moral of story: Dr James Hansen is right on climate change and also … Continue reading

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Renewables contradictions

RENEWABLE CONTRADICTIONS Are we going off-grid, or building a super-grid? Will that grid be baseload and reliable and give us power when we really need it, or only trickles that can hardly meet the real demand? OFF GRID or SUPER-GRID? … Continue reading

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Science show pushing renewables contradicts itself

Try listening to the interesting (but for me ultimately infuriating) ABC Science Show podcast below, and spot the contradiction. I see contradicting renewable philosophies all the time. They push conflicting ideas. Baseload or not? Some claim they’ll make renewables baseload … Continue reading

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