Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
excellently written diary, the points are irrefutable, the evidence clear.

it's also a bit like daddy saying to the kids, 'look what you've done to your bed, whining about it won't change the mess you've made'

congress' jerking around the trust of the nascent businesses working to meet the huge need and opportunity is so irresponsible as to boggle the mind.

to set them up to fail, three times is beyond perverse, it's evil.

the message is clear, risk capital in that field, and we'll cut you off at the knees before you even can build up any momentum!

in that climate of myopic idiocy, to even use the word policy borders on absurd. you couldn't design a more effective anti- policy if you tried.

they whinge because the egg on their faces is embarrassing, i reckon.

here in costa rica electricity is subsidised by the government, so its cheapness has stopped people using solar panels, for example, either thermal water, or PV.

i rea that 95% of energy here is from renewables, but i think that includes a lot of hydroelectric.

the force, volumes and quantity of the rivers here is impressive, to put it mildly.

the challenge will be to build reservoirs to catch all the rainwater and save it for the long and lengthening dry season. the best living conditions are 100m up in the hills above the coast, and their steepness makes the concept of water storage on a scale big enough to cope with 10 month dry seasons, is daunting.

10 years ago there was only cart and horse transport here, as services expand, many will come to swell costa rica's population and enjoy its superior quality of life, if they can crack the water conundrum.

enough pours from the sky still, though this rainy season has been improvident, (some say because of el nino, others demur), but mostly carries topsoil off into the ocean.

community reservoirs, lake sized? wells every 50 metres? perhaps offshore-windpowered? the winds are brisk but don't seem as strong or constant as the trades in hawaii were. that could be different a few miles from here too. solar desalination?

'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 Mon Nov 9th, 2009 at 04:28:36 PM EST

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