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  •  Slowly weaning off? (10+ / 0-)

    We're cutting gas consumption by 10% in one year, despite a stable, if stagnant economy.  That is not a slow reduction.  A perverse benefit of global warming is reduced consumption of fuel for heating during the winter, which is not fully offset by increased consumption of A/C in the summer.

    "Politics should be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage." -- Lucille Ball

    by Yamaneko2 on Mon Apr 02, 2012 at 06:42:24 PM PDT

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    •  Nonetheless, (5+ / 0-)

      I noticed a lot more shiny generators in the seasonal aisle at Home Depot than were there six years ago. Parts of the grid go kablooey in TX, not only from the wind storms and tornadoes, but also from AC overload.

      "There's a crack in everything; that's how the light gets in". Leonard Cohen

      by northsylvania on Tue Apr 03, 2012 at 06:02:58 AM PDT

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      •  And those generators (4+ / 0-)

        Are really bad from a carbon perspective. Most pollute too much to be sold in California. In one hour, a typical gasoline-powered home generator can emit as much carbon as an average US car emits in 300 miles of driving.

        It's a seriously bad solution to a problem that should be handled by insulation, air sealing, landscaping for passive cooling, the addition of renewable energy, and then A/C.

        •  I would agree, if only... (2+ / 0-)
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          the grid wouldn't go down in hurricanes.  I don't think anyone is advocating people using generators to get electricity all the time (except maybe in the wilderness or on islands).  On the Connecticut coast, as elsewhere on the eastern seaboard, we have had week-long outages a few times in the last 30 years.  We don't have a generator at our house, but rely on electricity to pump water from our 300-ft well; for heat; for cooking, etc.  Sure we can go to the police station for water (as we did last September after Irene--8 mile round trip) and hurricane season here is pretty warm, but we also have icestorms.  Fortunately, I have a dry ice supplier nearby for the fridge.

          We also set the thermostat at 60 degrees, and have no air conditioning, not even window units.  Ours is an 80's-vintage solar house that we built with our eyes open.

          Real plastic here; none of that new synthetic stuff made from chicken feathers. By the morning of 9/12/2001 the people of NYC had won the War on Terror.

          by triplepoint on Tue Apr 03, 2012 at 10:18:41 AM PDT

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        •  Not when you have no power, (0+ / 0-)

          the temps are in the '90s, Oncor won't get to fixing the problem for a week, and you have a few week's salary sitting in your freezer.
          I'm not big on AC, it makes me sick and when we lived in the country we didn't use it ver often, but more than just the AC runs off the grid. Furthermore, if you live in town as we did for many years, your options are limited as far as landscaping goes.

          "There's a crack in everything; that's how the light gets in". Leonard Cohen

          by northsylvania on Tue Apr 03, 2012 at 03:43:14 PM PDT

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