Thursday, July 12, 2007

Occasional Dimes

  • micro-wind technology in San Francisco:
  • " ... the 34-year-old engineer has pioneered the city's first permitted micro–wind project, a six-foot-tall cylindrical turbine that currently sits on his roof and sends juice into the energy grid ... (it) generate(s) between 300 and 600 kilowatt hours of energy per year, or about 10 percent of a typical home's energy needs. ... A one-turbine system will cost around $5,000, though Pelman estimates that rebates will reduce the price by $1,500."
  • Coal In China: An audio slide show from NPR.

  • Health Care in the U.S.: Yet another great episode on Fresh Air. I was surprised to hear that Australia and Germany have Health Care systems that are similar to the U.S., and according to Jonathan Oberlander, both systems contain practices that could be replicated here.

  • Big Coal: Renewable energy supporters need to understand how the coal and oil industry work. Big Coal and Oil on the Brain are well-written guides to these incumbent energy sectors.

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