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Great letter, jodymarie aimee

I like your phrase "a place for the identity hungry to fall into". Letters to the editor are a great way to keep our progressive candle burning bright.

Keep up the good work!
Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Sat Oct 7, 2017, 04:13 PM (0 replies)

Lack of funds, I suspect.

The UN is already spread thin just trying to keep millions from starvation. Plus, wealthy Western right-wing governments are balking at increased funding. Instead, they want all of the world's social ills such as famine and disease outbreaks to be paid for by charities, not by governments.

I feel the public needs to be more aware of the UN's work and financial needs so they might pitch in. That's difficult in the US because of the Republican and RW media's constant demonizing of the UN for many years. There's a number of good charities around the globe that address this need, but many of those are struggling, too. IMO, governments around the world need to back away from wars and step up to the plate on basic social needs.

Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Sat Oct 7, 2017, 03:14 PM (0 replies)

Our tax dollars hard at work.

Who needs schools, roads and food + healthcare for children when we can have golf, sound-proof booths and guns?

Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Sat Oct 7, 2017, 02:32 PM (0 replies)

Examples of Trump-Randian compassion..

1. Refuse to rent homes to people of color.
2. Skim money off the top of charity events.
3. Insult women in beauty pageants (or almost anywhere, for that matter).
4. Insult people with disabilities.
5. Insult non-Christian religious folks.
6. Throw paper towels to people in desperate need for food and water.
7. Refuse to pay small construction contractors for work completed.
8. Cut funding for food stamps and women's health.

The list could go on forever.
Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Sat Oct 7, 2017, 01:56 PM (0 replies)

Yes! And, a rise in incarceration, malnutrition, and...

suicides and early deaths, emergency healthcare, and on and on.

But, don't bother the GOP with facts.
Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Sat Oct 7, 2017, 10:09 AM (2 replies)

A big mess!

I see from the generation table that there's also seven private or corporate operators as well, perhaps some in isolated zones. Looks like around 20% of the total capacity.

This is a huge physical, political, and financial train wreck - currently and historically!

I can't see any possibility of the current political structure in Washington having the ability or will-power to get-er-done.
Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Sat Oct 7, 2017, 09:07 AM (0 replies)

Thanks, see data I posted, below - Post No. 41.

In a perfect world, that would require 56 sq.-mi. of solar panels. However, for 100% solar, if we were to look at solar generation throughout the day with typical sun exposure and using battery systems to store energy for night use, I would say the capacity might have to be several times that number.

I'm speaking out of school a bit, I don't think it's wise to be totally dependent on a single type of generation. One has to study each location's sunshine availability (worst case), wind availability, fossil fuel cost and availability, peak and average demand data, and many other factors to design an optimum large-scale system. That expertise is widely available, but could take considerable time and money to execute.

The location's ability to maintain these hybrid systems is a huge factor, as well.
Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Sat Oct 7, 2017, 08:50 AM (0 replies)

PR Generation Potential, Pre-storm

This is a summary of pre-storm generation potential capacity (not necessarily availability). I think the data is a couple of years old, and have no idea how much was damaged during the storm:

Raw data from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puerto_Rico_Electric_Power_Authority

Potential Generating Capacity:

Coal: 454MW
Heavy fuel oil: 2584MW
Diesel: 1611MW
Natural Gas: 510MW
Wind: 101MW
Solar: 73MW
Total: 5333MW


Heavy fuel oil, Diesel and Natural Gas: 88.2%
Coal: 8.5%
Wind: 1.9%
Solar: 1.4%

So, they are almost totally dependent on fossil fuels and only have scratched the surface with renewables.

Have not yet found demand data to see actual usage levels vs. generation capacity.
Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Sat Oct 7, 2017, 08:29 AM (1 replies)

Pots and Kettles.

Redefining hubris every day.
Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Sat Oct 7, 2017, 02:40 AM (0 replies)

Would be nice to see....

a bunch of progressive businesses refusing to sell goods and services to churches. What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

That would be my second choice after eliminating their tax exempt status.
Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Fri Oct 6, 2017, 08:54 PM (1 replies)
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