It's just figment of a conservative imagination. But, more to the point, it's just a tool to gain political power. If were more expedient to spend money without putting it into the budget, they would do that too. Oh yeah, Bush did.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
In a previous post, Gerrymandering and the House, it was hypothesized that despite the fact that the popular vote ran the other way, Republicans won the House because of redistricting. A sharper analysis shows that the power of incumbency had more to do with it.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Monday, February 11, 2013
The UNSCEAR report says that the Linear-No-Threshold assumption about radiation effects doesn't stand up. Notably, it also points out that there are no deaths attributable to the Fukushima power plant meltdown. Nada. Not one.
Friday, February 01, 2013
West of Midland and north of Monahans is a wind farm that has one of the world's largest batteries. It can store 36 megawatts of power and deliver it to the grid in 15 minutes. Not surprisingly, the community is known as Notrees.
Contrary to industry claims, coal terminals don't create that many jobs. They are highly automated and don't need that many workers. What they do generate is big profits for coal companies and railroads. For me, this is a valid rationale to tax them heavily if they are built. The money would then go into such worthy things as education and infrastructure. In the Northwest, education once benefited from the robust timber industry. Today, we struggle to find the needed funding.
Researchers have come up with a form of silicon that generates hydrogen by just adding water. The silicon is consumed in the process, so it's more like a battery. But it could be used as a portable hydrogen supply if water is available.