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“It would solve several environmental problems at once with relatively little inconvenience and a high payback. So why aren’t solar carports in every mall in America? The cost.
“It’s the most expensive type of system to build,” Chase Weir of TruSolarwhich rates solar projects based on financial riskiness, told The Washington Post. “A lot more engineering, a whole lot more steel, more labor, and therefore, it’s a relatively small percentage [of solar power].”
“Since the cost of energy during peak hours is far greater than what’s charged during off peak hours, it’s an ideal set of circumstances that allows the panels to produce energy exactly when it’s needed most. “
“If one had the choice between shopping at two local grocery stores and one offered energy-producing covered parking and the other offered only hot, black, asphalt, which one would the customer likely choose? The answer is obvious.”
|Underneath a canopy|
|At a shopping center|
|They don't have to be big|
|In downtown Los Angeles|
"It stands seventy-four feet tall with a focal plane of 112 feet and began operation in 1844.
The light, which remains operational, was electrified in 1970 and then automated in 1987. Mariners see either a white flash every six seconds and/or a red flash every two seconds depending on the direction of approach. There is currently a weather station at the site.Here's another page on it, with three pictures (one of which is the third one below):
Île Bicquette is now managed by Environment Canada (Îles de l’Estuaire National Wildlife Area) and is part of the Bic Conservation Park, whose purpose is protecting the flora and fauna of the St. Lawrence Estuary."
Roger A. Pielke Jr. is an American political scientist and professor and the director of the Sports Governance Center within the Department of Athletics at the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research at the University of Colorado Boulder.Which kind of makes you wonder why he has climate scientist-like opinions, anyway (must be his father's influence, and actually, I think it probably is).
"Columbia Engineering researchers have demonstrated for the first time that runoff extremes have been dramatically increasing in response to climate and human-induced changes. Their findings, published today in Nature Communications, show a large increase in both precipitation and runoff extremes driven by both human activity and climate change."So Roger Pielke Jr., put that in your peace pipe and smoke it.
"Finally, the Republican Party reputation with millions of college-educated voters, women voters and suburbanites is weakening. To put it more bluntly, plenty of voters are fleeing the GOP in disgust."
"The utter contempt for facts and reliance on mumbo-jumbo rhetoric in lieu of arguments is not simply a sign of intellectual rot. As the signs of climate change abound and real people see real devastation in their lives, Republicans’ climate-change denial becomes a matter of public safety and economic pain for more voters with each passing year. Their irrationality now poses a threat to voters’ lives and property."She finishes with this (but 2020 may be too late, vote NOW to flip the House and start the process of getting US, the USA, back on track):
"Unfortunately, their irresponsibility — egged on by tribalistic right-wing pundits and activists who revel in ignorance — is no joke. Democrats would be wise to highlight the issue in 2020, rightly identifying it as a matter of life and death."
"1976. Active; focal plane 77 m (253 ft) two white flashes every 12 s. 7 m (23 ft) square cylindrical tower with lantern built atop a watchtower of the Castillo de San Telmo. ... Lighthouse painted white with a black vertical stripe. The castle was built in the late 18th century."So it's not an old castle. I wonder who built it.
"Yes, durians might have a pungent, unfamiliar odor. But once you get past that, like all Malaysian children were cajoled into doing, you’ll be greeted by a taste so sultry it might just kick-start your journey to becoming a durian convert. With an avocado-like richness and a pleasantly bittersweet, almost alcoholic flavor, there’s nothing quite like it in the fruit universe. For this reason alone, in Malaysia, where I live, the durian isn’t just considered a native fruit; it is a fruit that has spawned a whole culture and lifestyle, a fact that is so often missed in the Western narrative."
|Durian, closed and open|
"Sen. John Cornyn (Tex.), the second ranking Republican, attributed the divisions in Washington to wounds inflicted by Trump’s election in 2016, which he said “half the population can’t seem to get over.” "However, Senator Cornyn, your numbers aren't accurate. Because most national polls indicate that support for President Trump is in the 30% - 40% range, that means that 60-70% of the population can't seem to get over the illegitimate election (aided and abetted by the Russians) of the current President.
The REAL Wolf Hall is unearthed: Palatial home of Seymour family where Henry VIII fell for third wife Jane is discovered 300 years after it was destroyedThey have now found lots of tiles and some of the original foundation walls. I'm sure they're going to keep digging.