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Original post made by Walter E. Wallis, Midtown, on Jun 23, 2008

The latest utility bill included Power Content Label 2008. They pproject that the Green customer will ultimately receive 2.5% power from solar and 97.5% power from wind. I must assume that "Green" customers have agreed to shut down when the sun don't shine and the wind don't blow. I had great hopes when the flak Utility director was replaced by a Professional Engineer, but apparently even engineers can be seduced into playing to the groundlings. In the long run, the "I vas yust followink orders" defence does not work.

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Posted by fireman
a resident of another community
on Jun 23, 2008 at 5:51 am

Mr Wallis, The SYSTEM, I was just following order works very well in Palo Alto. Just ask them. One big reason Palo Alto is where it is today. Empoyees who can and could do a good job are skiped over for the SYSTEM supporters. Follow orders get the rewards. No follow orders. Welcome to your new work station. A Culture of Fear. Is where you will be working.

Mr Wallis. Storage. Power storage. Also put on of them wind generators in the City Council Chamber. You would never run out of free wind. Well not so free. It cost the City Millions to listen to these(joke)leaders and costs the Citizens way more than that. Also it is a small step but, a good step. Every little bit counts.


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Posted by Walter E. Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 23, 2008 at 5:29 pm

I suppose a mouse could help a mule pull a wagon, but when you get rid of the mule and try to do it with all mice, somehow it won't work.


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Posted by Ties many thin sticks together !!
a resident of Community Center
on Jun 24, 2008 at 5:18 am

I would'nt be surprised the mice could pull the wagon.
Walter, you know the cables used in suspension bridges are made of many strands - thus making the cable stronger and flexible - so the mice can really pull the wagon.



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Posted by Walter E. Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 24, 2008 at 6:36 am

So, Tiestick, are you willing to volunteer the job of harnessing all those mice? Interesting your pseudonym "Ties many thin sticks together" is a description of the fascio, the root of fascism.


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Posted by JT
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 24, 2008 at 8:32 am

Solar panels on the roof are the most inefficient energy collection devices ever foisted on the general public.

In another five years the solar panels being sold today will all be obsolete. New technologies will allow collection systems that collect far more of the sun's energy, and thus be far more efficient.


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Posted by Walter E. Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 24, 2008 at 12:46 pm

JT, you are right. The advances of science have made solar a viable source of supplemental energy and special purpose energy like the freeway phones. I doubt they will ever approach the 2750 foot/pounds/second the average house needs. The market will decide.


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