Yes, We Can Go It Alone on Wind, Sun and Water Without Coal or Nuclear
by Art Goodtimes
Dec 03, 2009 | 776 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN … My friend Rick Hollinbeck’s been taking this prestigious intellectual review of American technical advances forever. But, being in politics, I tend to depend on staff briefings and partisan info sheets for my scientia (L> “knowledge”). But, finally, brow-beaten into Norwegian submission on a recent visit up Ed Joe Draw, I succumbed and got a subscription to real science … What an eye-opener! To find out that “phase entanglement” in quantum particle physics may apply to the macro- as well as the micro-level, like shamans and new-agers have been saying for years. Or to see the orbital shape of atoms in newly pioneered images using a field-emission microscope … Imagine my surprise in coming upon an article entitled, “A Path to Sustainable Energy by 2030: Wind, Water and Solar Technologies can Provide 100% of the World’s Energy, Eliminating All Fossil Fuels” by Mark Z. Jacobson and Mark A. Delucchi. Here I’d been arguing back and forth with the editors of the San Miguel Basin Forum about energy – thinking that we needed to take the traditional middle path (both a Buddhist and a Christian notion) and slowly move towards alternative energy while maintaining a transitional foot in the old carbon-intensive energy sources like coal, natural gas and maybe even nuclear. Wrong! … Perhaps there are some coal gasification proposals that might work while we make the big transition. But, clearly, the future is not coal or nuclear (and only to a limited extent natural gas) … If Nucla were smart, it would at least embrace solar concentrating plants and conversion of the Tri-State power plant to biofuels as potential future backups, instead of locking itself into a recurring extractive boom/bust scenario … If you can believe Scientific American, we really could run our economy exclusively on wind, solar and water by 2030, if we had the political will

WEEKLY QUOTA … “What is the beauty in leaves falling? / To whom are we beautiful as we go?” – David Ignatow

RANDY RUSSELL … Gosh, this season of losses just doesn’t end … Randy passed away this week. Some locals may remember him when he ran the Telluride Institute and lived in Norwood. Those of us “elders” at the annual Headwaters Conference at Gunnison’s Western State treasured his brilliant mind, acerbic wit and great generosity. He was a Colorado boy – loved the mountains and especially the rivers. Every year he’d sketch some iconic slickrock landscape, print up cards, watercolor them by hand, and snail-mail a batch out to his ménage of friends. I have one above my desk … When he worked in Glenwood Springs as a planner for the county, he got involved with the Unitarian Universalists, and one year invited me to come give a sermon. As an ex-seminarian, it was one of those life goals I finally had a chance to fulfill – standing at the pulpit and preaching. And together we ended up doing several UU services over the years for the congregation there, even after Randy moved away from Garfield County … There are few people who could spin ideas into a lattice of argument as deftly or as convincingly as Randy Russell. His loss leaves those that knew him sad and grieving.

WORLD TRADE CENTER … Dwain Deets, director of research engineering at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center for 37 years, gave a multimedia presentation in San Diego last month on behalf of nearly one thousand architects and engineers who cite evidence of explosive demolition in all three World Trade Center skyscrapers on 9/11 and are calling for a new, independent investigation into their destruction … The vat of truth appears to be coming to a boil.


The Day We Said Goodbye

to Gracie

Dog walking 44ZN

towards the gravel pit

after the wake’s applause.

A horizon of clouds

backlit & for a moment


like Mind

finding the right


Watching our maverick Star

take her leave

behind the Henrys.

Going pink. Going

fierce rosé

& gone starry black.

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