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chatmandu002, the thing is, we've basically run out of "regular" sources of energy.
Long gone are the days when you had to be careful with your shovel in Texas lest you set off a gusher. We're now getting our oil from rigs like Deepwater Horizon...which was a well deeper than Everest is tall with a wellhead farther below the surface of the ocean than Denver is above it.
We've used up about half the planet's petroleum -- and, of course, we've used up the cheap and easy-to-get-to half. Duh! What's left are the dregs, like the Canadian tar sands.
And those dregs aren't cheap, themselves. Indeed, it's actually cheaper -- significantly cheaper -- to generate electricity from photovoltaics than from tar sand oil. That doesn't mean that photovoltaics aren't expensive...but we don't have much of a choice left.
The days of cheap energy are over, whether we like it or not. It's time to switch to alternatives, whether we want to or not. And the clean alternatives are not only at least as affordable as the dirty ones, they're also far more plentiful. Cover every American residence with solar panels, and you could meet the total energy needs of everybody on the planet (not just the US).
b&7 months ago
"Brewer is not Congress. She is not making a Law."
Sorry, but the Supremacy Clause covers this. Specifically, "This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the constitution or laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding."
"Which Religion is she establishing exactly?"
Though there is no particular denomination she's promoting, she's clearly establishing the supremacy of that particular deity with the confusingly eponymous name of, "God." The god named God is present in the pantheons of most religions that place some particular importance in at least the first few books of the Bible; Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are the biggest examples. However, many other religions do not recognize any Biblical god by the name of, "God." Hindus, Buddhists, neo-Paganists, and modern aboriginals would be the prime examples -- but the overwhelming majority of historical religions (ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, Teutonics) also don't recognize the God god of the Bible.
"Are you forced to pray or go to jail? Are you forced to pray to Allah?"
Brewer praying in my name in her official capacity to supplicate her favored god is as offensive to me as I assume it would be to you were she, in her official capacity, to ritually sprinkle sanctified bull's blood over a copy of your entry in the voter records in order to help guide you to the true path that Zeus has laid out for you.
And, yes. To somebody not a believer in the Judeo-Christian pantheon, Brewer's prayers are just as bizarre as animal sacrifice. A Christian's spell designed to bend Jesus to the petitioner's will through magic words is no different from a pagan's culinary efforts to do the same to Zeus. If you *really* want bizarre, consider an outsider's take on the Eucharist....
"You Sir are simply ignorant. You are free to practice your own religion, or none at all. You are not free FROM religion."
Eh, no. That's the whole point of the Establishment Clause: that we are, indeed, free from religion should we choose to be. And that most especially applies to whatever religion the particular ruling faction happens to favor.
And, believe me -- this is in your own best interests. We may soon see a Mormon in the White House. Can you imagine the uproar if Romney were to pray in his official capacity in ways that lay bare the doctrinal differences between Mormons and Catholics as clearly as Brewer wants to lay bare the doctrinal differences between Christians and Buddhists?
Not only do any possible pairing of two religions vehemently and irreconcilably disagree on all sorts of fundamental matters, so too do any possible pairings of any two different denominations of the same religion. Obviously so, or else there wouldn't be a schism. Once you let religion into government, you immediately subject the government and the people whom it governs to that exact same internecine bickering -- and that does nobody any good.
b&9 months ago
NUCat wrote: "A 5 year CD's annual earnings would buy almost twice as much electricity and the taxpayers would still have their original $131,578.95 "investment"."
Those figures certainly don't tell the whole story.
The $50K the city will spend is about enough to pay for an 8KW residential installation, before all incentives. A system that size would generate about the $1,600 / year in electricity the article cites.
Clearly, the additional $80K from ARRA will be for construction of a structure in the middle of a public park. That's a sizable chunk of change to an individual, but peanuts for a public works project of this scale. Think of it: it's a public structure the size of a house in the middle of a playground with an electric roof. Think of the engineering and safety requirements, and you should be impressed that it can be built for substantially less than the typical home resale value in the city.
I know *I'm* impressed.
b&Feb 6, 2011