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I can address at least one issue. De-centralization of power generation, which is not on the agenda of TPTB.

This Ivanpah project is aimed at power gen for SoCal. Existing rooftop space in the LA city & county limits was enough to power the entire city 30 years ago. Likely at least as true today.

Though some might argue, there are far less endangered tortoises in LA proper.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Mon Feb 6th, 2012 at 02:19:08 PM EST
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Crazy Horse:
I can address at least one issue. De-centralization of power generation, which is not on the agenda of TPTB.

This Ivanpah project is aimed at power gen for SoCal. Existing rooftop space in the LA city & county limits was enough to power the entire city 30 years ago. Likely at least as true today.

Yup teh stupid writ large, but TPTB WILL make big profits, so no worries.

there was a great cover of a 'Coevolution Quarterly' once that showed an LA skyline, with solar thermal on almost all the rooves, back in freaking 1920!

way truer today...

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Tue Feb 7th, 2012 at 06:30:24 AM EST
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Those were photos from The Golden Thread: 2500 years of Solar by John Perlin and Ken Butti. Wish i could find some of those photos, in my garage in Frisco i've got a few hundred brochures with those photos, but can't find them on the net.

But it's a perfect illustration of what many renewable energy advocates don't understand, that it's also a social control issue, in which decentralized power generation (or heat) upsets the conventional order.

Here's something from John Solar Thermal History

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Tue Feb 7th, 2012 at 06:56:12 AM EST
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