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NEWS ROUNDUP: RENEWABLES CONSERVING WATER, THE MILITARY'S CLEAN ENERGY BOOM, AND MICROSOFT'S AIM FOR CARBON NEUTRALITY 17 Januar


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Ruth
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'Friday welcomes some great news on how renewable energy can save us water, the Department of Defense is full-throttle on renewable energy, and Microsoft makes carbon-neutrality a core part of its business.'



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Ruth R. (219)
Tuesday January 21, 2014, 12:09 pm
Wonderful News!
From the article:
"NEWS ROUNDUP: RENEWABLES CONSERVING WATER, THE MILITARY’S CLEAN ENERGY BOOM, AND MICROSOFT’S AIM FOR CARBON NEUTRALITY
17 January 2014 by Peebles Squire Peebles Squire
Friday welcomes some great news on how renewable energy can save us water, the Department of Defense is full-throttle on renewable energy, and Microsoft makes carbon-neutrality a core part of its business.

Kate Zerrenner of the Environmental Defense Fund heads to Forbes.com to explain why renewables, especially solar and wind, are helping us save precious freshwater resources:

“Recent media coverage has been quick to pin the challenge of reliability as one that only applies to renewables. The logic goes something like this: if the sun doesn’t shine or the wind doesn’t blow, we won’t have electricity, making these energy sources unreliable. But if we don’t have reliable access to abundant water resources to produce, move and manage energy that comes from water-intensive energy resources like fossil fuels, this argument against the intermittency of renewables becomes moot.”
“We know that solar PV and wind are virtually water-free fuel sources, and yet we continue to adopt policies that create roadblocks to their integration in favor of highly-water intensive coal and natural gas. Bringing more renewable energy onto the grid is not technologically impossible, but there are significant political and policy barriers in the way. We need to rethink how we plan for energy needs and put water in the equation from the beginning.”
“The intermittency of renewable energy is a red herring which can be addressed through better research, development and deployment of available technologies such as energy storage, and better policies to help integrate them into the grid. But the fact that the water usage of most renewable energy is negligible means that it is the ideal power source for our water-stressed energy future.”
 

Ruth R. (219)
Tuesday January 21, 2014, 12:36 pm
WIND ENERGY AND SOLAR ENERGY SAVE WATER -- ONE OF THE MOST VALUABLE RESOURCES!
 

lee e. (114)
Tuesday January 21, 2014, 6:52 pm
Why is this so neglected! I'm pleasantly surprised and pleased that our military bases are beginning to use the resources available in some of those desert sites! It's a positive beginning.
 

Ellen J. (89)
Tuesday January 21, 2014, 7:15 pm
Thanks, Ruth. Glad someone in the gov't is beginning to see the value of these resources.
 

Alexandra G. (226)
Wednesday January 22, 2014, 4:16 am
noted, thanks, Ruth
 

Cinzia Palamara (64)
Wednesday January 22, 2014, 12:42 pm
Many thanks for sharing Ruth.
 

Dawn Mason (110)
Wednesday January 22, 2014, 1:16 pm
Noted, Thanks!
 

Birgit W. (145)
Wednesday January 22, 2014, 1:40 pm
Thanks for sharing.
 

Ruth R. (219)
Wednesday January 22, 2014, 2:16 pm
Ty
 

Roger Garin-michaud (63)
Wednesday January 22, 2014, 2:23 pm
noted, thanks
 

Ruth R. (219)
Wednesday January 22, 2014, 5:13 pm
Wind is one of the cleanest forms of energy! LET'S GO WIND WITH SOLAR!
For vehicles of all sizes -- including iive-in and ocean going: WHEN THE PRICE IS RIGHT FOR THE CONSUMER I VOTE FOR -- THE EV PEDDLE POWER -- AS BACK UP -BIO-FUEL -- AND A CRANK AND SEE-SAW ENERGY DIRECT INTO THE WHEELS AND HELICOPTER WINGS AS THE ROOF RACK!

Some considerations on wind:
The laws on Birds for Wind Energy are very strict -- if the wind turbines cause a certain number of the birds to die -- the companies are getting sued.

1.) If people do build wind -- so that the wind turbines are where the birds will not fly into the turbines and buildings -- then wind energy would be good -- with the other IF.

2.) If people will use some wood and recycled-material wind turbines -- please see the article on wood turbine in Inhabit -- then there are less steel and less fiberglass wind turbines. This less steel would mean less mining or using recycled metals. Less mining usually has a better impact on the earth and all that lives on earth.

3.) The less use of fiberglass would mean using an organic material such as wood or some other bio-degrade-able material.

4. Wood windmills can and would be made efficient and beautiful -- so this would help the atmosphere and the scenery.
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Some consideration on Solar energy.
That we make sure that there is minimal impact on the earth and all that lives on earth, with the knowledge that no energy source is not going to have an impact on the earth.
1.) sand to silicon. 2.) the needed chemicals to make solar cells. 3.) the use of what kind of plastic--
recycle-able, biodegrade-able?

GO SOLAR-WIND- MICRO-HYDRO ON THE SIDE OF RIVERS, TIDAL AND WAVE ON FLOATS AND BOATS!
 

Gloria picchetti (291)
Friday January 24, 2014, 5:41 am
I hope there is more wind power and more different style turbines that aren't as harmful to birds.
 
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