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'Ultra Mega' Coal-fired Power Plant to Doom Planet?

Original post made by jar, Hoover School, on Apr 10, 2008

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Posted by fred
a resident of College Terrace
on Apr 10, 2008 at 3:29 pm

After five days of contentious discussions in Bangkok, governments from nearly 200 countries last week agreed to an agenda for further talks to forge a new United Nations global warming agreement.

One sticking point has been developing nations' insistence that industrialized countries should take the first steps in reducing emissions and should help finance reductions in developing countries. But this represents a serious misreading of the underlying economic situation.

The theory behind the "developed countries should pay" model was articulated by Yvo de Boer, executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change: "The problem of climate change . . . is a result of rich countries' emissions, not the result of poor countries' emissions. The historic responsibility of this problem lies with industrial nations."

Yet although greenhouse gas emissions can be blamed on nations based on the location of emission activities, these emissions are the effluvia of civilization and all its activities.

In today's interconnected world, economic activity in one country helps provide livelihoods and incomes for many inhabitants elsewhere, and vice versa.

A substantial portion of economic growth in developing countries is attributable to trade, remittances, tourism and direct investment from industrialized countries.Web Link

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Posted by Walter E. Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 10, 2008 at 8:51 pm

1500 watts per residence will give them power for an electric wok and teakettle, eliminating the smoke from the wood or cattle dung that usually heats food and boils tea. Just the reduction in smoke caused diseases will be an asset to the world. Thank technology, for maaking all other ologies possible.

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Posted by Greg
a resident of Southgate
on Apr 11, 2008 at 3:01 pm

Just start building a ton of new nuclear power plants!

Why be satisfied with 1500 watts? 5000 watts might actually accomplish local wealth creation, reduced birth rates, appreciation of the local environment, reduction of war....

What are we waiting for? We should be setting the example, by building many more nukes in our own country. Our current path is suicide, led by the Ludds.

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Posted by Walter E. Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 11, 2008 at 5:09 pm

Some older houses in Frisco still have 15 Amp 220 V service.
5KW is nice, but utilization efficience is getting better by engineering and science, not by legislative fiat.

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Posted by The Real Perspective
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 12, 2008 at 3:10 pm

The USA share of emissions is dropping with every passing year. Last year we were 16%, China 22%..hmmm