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  • #76
    Iowa produces 37% of its electric power from wind, and now they are expanding to solar. But our GOP Governor wanted the GOP controlled legislators to outlaw putting solar (PV) on any ground that could be used for growing Corn!! After all this is the Corn state, lucky there were enough smarter people to nix that idea!! But they have no problem paving over good farm ground for new housing so the builders can profit.
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    • #77
      Originally posted by wmgeorge View Post

      By no stretch of the imagination can Hydro electric be called solar, nor can wind.
      So where does the energy come from?

      Rain, wind and snow that drive the hydro and wind systems gets its energy from the atmosphec (weather) and the atmosphere is driven by energy arriving from the sun.

      Saying hydro and wind systems are not solar driven is like saying a steam engine runs on water!

      Yes, we do have a solar water heater on the roof.




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      • #78
        And, ultimately, everything runs on nuclear energy. The elements that make up everything tangible in the universe were created by nuclear fusion and fission in stars, and the ultimate source of energy for the earth is nuclear fusion from our own star, the sun. And our universe was created by some bored teen in his basement in an alternate universe, who figured out how to create matter and anti-matter from a quantum vacuum, which then blew up, 13.8 billion years ago.
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        • #79
          Originally posted by PStechPaul View Post
          And, ultimately, everything runs on nuclear energy.
          That is true but nuclear energy that we receive from the sun is 'green'. Every country has access to solar (nuclear) energy from the sun whereas some countries are not 'allowed' to have nuclear reactors et al.
          Last edited by The Artful Bodger; 05-08-2022, 08:16 PM.

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          • #80
            Originally posted by wmgeorge View Post
            Iowa produces 37% of its electric power from wind, and now they are expanding to solar. But our GOP Governor wanted the GOP controlled legislators to outlaw putting solar (PV) on any ground that could be used for growing Corn!! After all this is the Corn state, lucky there were enough smarter people to nix that idea!! But they have no problem paving over good farm ground for new housing so the builders can profit.
            Not to mention the fact that it takes more fossil fuel to grow the corn than the equivalent energy you get out. It's all a scam and pander to the farm lobby. We grow more commodity corn and soy than anyone knows what to do with, but no one wants to take on Iowa because, you know, caucuses.

            It's stuff like that that gives green energy a bad name. Other accusations like e-cars, solar or wind turbines taking more energy to build than they savings or energy they generate are provably false.
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