Summer Heat Wave

mikey
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RE: Yeah. Been there, done

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Yeah. Been there, done that and got the T-shirt! :-(

Vested interest in status quo alas. 'Democratising' energy production, water usage etc to personal control requires a high level change in regulatory mindset.

About five years ago there was a state government subsidy scheme for household roof rainwater run-off tanks, then followed by the local water authority upping the rates ( lost revenue ) while also levying tank holders for withholding 'their' water within one's property! As this encompassed farmers dams too then it took a high court challenge plus a counter-suit to charge the authority for (a) storing 'their' water for them plus (b) lack of timely/due warning from the authority for inputs from the sky ( did they own the clouds also ? ) Wow. I kid you not. Eventually the judge ( fortunately most have a rural/holiday property ) told the authority to grow-up/get-a-life ( pay legals too but guess who'll eventually have to cough that up ) and don't come back into my court again. :-)

Don't tell anyone but : I have a 12000 litre tank next to the house under a tree ( so Google Earth won't spot it ). We have only paid the supply/access charge for about nearly a full year now. Plus I'm a happier man to boot. :-)

Naturally we expectantly await an increase in the base access fee ......

Cheers, Mike.

My wifes Anut and Uncle live in rural Illinois in the US, about 5 years ago the water and sewer lines were run in their neighborhood but no one was required to hook up to them. MOST people hooked up to the sewer lines but not the water as they had well water and had had it for their whole lives. My wifes Uncle decided to get both hooked up but had a valve installed so he could turn the street water off and just well water when he had plenty. The company charged him for the 'privilege' of hooking up to both and then started sending him a water bill every month, even though he almost never used their water. He found out that there is a minimum charge every month just for the 'privilege' of being hooked up!! He was not a happy camper and told them to come rip it out, they refused and he went to Court and the Judge made them rip it out. He was able to keep the sewer but got rid of the fresh water from the street. Then the company started 'guessing' how much sewer he was using and sent him a bill! He went back to Court and it turns out the company, like most, base it on fresh water usage, not a meter on the sewer line and the Judge made them stop charging people until they could figure out how to meter it. He now has free sewer but is back to well water! In the hot summer months the well runs pretty close to dry, it is only a hand dug 15 foot deep well. He has had to raise the top though as the rains sometimes overflowed the top and the stuff would run in from the yard and not filter in thru the ground.

Donald A. Tevault
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RE: RE: Looks

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Looks interesting. It would definitely make more sense than solar or wind power.

That's debatable. Solar and wind power don't emit greenhouse gases. The Bloom box oxidizes (i.e. burns) a fossil fuel therefore it produces greenhouse gases same as a coal-fired generator or an automobile.

On the positive side, it reduces overall consumption by eliminating transmission lines and transmission losses. A wind generator in your yard and solar panels on your roof would do the same.

Greenhouse gasses are the least of my worries. "Man-made global warming" is nothing but a hoax, and the leaked emails form East Anglia should have proven that.

Also, it's simply not possible to totally rely on solar and wind for energy needs. The sun doesn't always shine, and the wind doesn't always blow.

tullio
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Then read this "Nature"

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Then read this "Nature" article:
Tippimg points
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Mike Hewson
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RE: My wifes Anut and Uncle

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My wifes Anut and Uncle ....


Yep! Great score there. I think it's mainly the mid-layer that generates this type of stupidity. What is not truly realised by such bureaucracy is simple numbers. There's more of us than them, and it's not like we won't notice and have a chat over the mutual fence. So that makes class actions that generate binding precedent relatively cheap. So even your neighbor who may not be directly affected today will deduce she/he will be tomorrow. More so in 'smaller' communities, and 'bigger' communities are effectively 'smaller' now by virtue of cheap electronic communication. Physics allows the horse to buck the rider off, and stable communities ( ie. not too much population flow in and out ) have lifelong corporate memories.

Also guys, with no personal offense intended and merely a gentle & polite nudge, we don't do climatology here anymore. I refer you to this post as I certainly do not expect you to have necessarily read it to date. You are, as always, welcome to discuss your concerns and/or conflicts at a private level or elsewhere publicly, as that is not within my moderation remit. :-)

Cheers, Mike.

I have made this letter longer than usual because I lack the time to make it shorter. Blaise Pascal

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RE: Oh and the Bloom box

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Oh and the Bloom box doesn't 'burn' anything, it is a chemical reaction

Mikey, Mikey, Mikey. Of course it's a chemical reaction. I'm not denying that. But the name of that chemical reaction is "oxidation" aka "burning". Give it whatever name you wish, I don't care, but there is NO other way to get energy from hydrocarbons except to oxidize them. That's simple high school chemistry (you did study chemistry, didn't you?) where we also learn that the products of said chemical reaction are CO2, CO and H20. CO2 is of course a greenhouse gas which means that in the grander scheme the Bloom box is NOT a better solution than wind and solar power. I admit that solar and wind have some ways to go before they are a viable solution but the Bloom box does NOT cure the problem of greenhouse gas emissions or break our dependence on fossil fuels. And I don't care what they say in that 60 minutes show because that show's producers are as lacking in knowledge of basic chemistry as... well, you take it from there.

tullio
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You're right but I did not

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You're right but I did not start it I simply replied. A gray whale was sighted in the Mediterranean. What does this mean?
Tullio

Mike Hewson
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RE: You're right but I did

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You're right but I did not start it I simply replied. A gray whale was sighted in the Mediterranean. What does this mean?
Tullio

Whether you start or reply is not relevant ( read the post I referred to ), and we both know that you are fully aware of exactly what I mean because you were involved within that thread at length. Take my polite hint and we'll say no more of it, but do drop this line of discussion right now or be moderated more emphatically.

Cheers, Mike.

I have made this letter longer than usual because I lack the time to make it shorter. Blaise Pascal

Stranger7777
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Unfortunately, there is no

Unfortunately, there is no summer heat wave this year in Urals. So, you can move all the excessive heating directly there :)
This year we have significantly more powerful (in terms of calculation power) yet less electrical power hungry machines. Including todays most effective math and programming algorithms and techniques used in latest searches helps me to use less number of rigs achieving even more cobblestones that any time before this summer. So I will definitely not turn off my machines this summer and will try to do my best for myself and for you, Donald. And welcome back in autumn.

Dagorath
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Here in Calgary we don't get


Here in Calgary we don't get many days over 30C (86F). Our summer days are longer than in the south but the temperature averages about 26. Very few homes here have air conditioning, just ceiling fans to keep the air moving. I run all 4 of my rigs all summer with stock cooling equipment, no problem. I just blow the dust out every spring and I'm good to go for the summer.

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