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Oasis Montana Fall 2006 Newsletter
page 4 - RE news bites & Quotable quotes

Renewable Energy News Bites:

Mayor Nickels of Seattle has decided to fight globe warming gasses with a comprehensive plan to make cars, power plants and furnaces more efficient.
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/286629_climate27.html for more information.

Renewables are making progress on the federal level: though several major bills won’t be passed this year, the large number of bills out there addressing renewable energy concerns and projects indicated the maturation and popularity of the industry, according to industry experts. www.renewableenergyaccess.com/rea/news/story?id=45977 and
www.renewableenergyaccess.com/rea/news/story?id=45923 for information on congressional interest in the technologies.

“'The decline of global oil production seems now irreversible. It is bound to occur over a number of transitions, the first of which I have called T1, which has just begun in 2006,” writes the former Iranian oil executive. Dr. Bakhtiari talks about peak oil in a very interesting article at www.dailyreckoning.co.uk/article/06092006.html

A U.S. General in Iraq calls for renewable power for military use; the head U.S. commander in western Iraq has sent the Pentagon a ‘priority 1’ request for solar modules and wind generators to assist with their diesel laden power supplies. The U.S. military spends more money on transporting fuel than on the fuel itself, and their diesel generators make a ‘hot spot’ that can call enemy attention to U.S. outposts; read the article at http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0907/p01s04-usmi.html . The general claims that lessening the army’s fuel use will reduce casualties.

Trying to heat your pool? Or pools? Sandia Labs has a nice website to see if you qualify for loans; this site is most useful if you have a big pool, or have several pools, and is a quick qualifier for third party solar pool financing: http://energy.sandia.gov/QQ.htm for the lowdown.

Problem ‘hot spots’ in solar modules? In August of this year we received a bulletin from Sharp Electronics Corporation that certain modules purchased between September of 2005 and January of 2006 may develop a burn mark between the junction box and the buss bar; modules that may be affected are the ND-200U1, ND-205U1, ND-208U1 and ND-6AE1DA and 6KE1DA. Even more recently, we received notice from our BP distributor that certain BP modules (and fortunately we have sold very few of them) may be affected with a similar problem, limited to modules produced between 2002 and 2004, including the BP Solar 3, 4 and 5 series, as well as the SX line. We appreciate Sharp and BP keeping us appraised, and we have more information we can send you if you think you have modules that may be affected.

Energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies will play major roles in addressing global energy technologies, according to this (1 MB PDF) article by Chuck Kutscher from the July/August issue of Solar Today magazine: take a peek at http://www.ases.org/chapter_newsletter/2006/JA06/Climate_Change_JA06.pdf

U.S. Windpower Reaches 10 Gigawatt Milestone: For the first time, Texas has edged-out California as the leading wind power producer in the U.S., with the highest cumulative capacity. Texas’s total is currently at 237 MW of capacity—enough to power 600,000 homes. View this good news and other related information at www.renewableenergyaccess.com/rea/news/story?id=45703

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“God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, and avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools.” - John Muir

- sign seen in a local hardware store

“Walking isn’t a lost art — one must, by some means, get to the garage.”
- Evan Esar

“Si hoc legere scis nimium eruditionis habes” - if you can read this you’re overeducated.

“I became insane with long intervals of horrible sanity’” - Edgar A. Poe

“It’s not easy being green.” - Kermit the Frog

“Do not speak unless you can improve upon the silence.” Quaker saying

“Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what’s right.”
- Isaac Asimov

“The scarcest resource is not oil, metals, clean air, capital, labor or technology. It is our willingness to listen to each other and learn from each other, and to seek the truth rather than seek to be right.” - Donella Meadows

“It’s a shallow life that doesn’t give a person a few scars.” - Garrison Keillor

“A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves.” - Betrand de Jouvenel

“A computer is like an Old Testament god, with a lot of rules and no mercy.” - Joseph Campbell

“If the desire to kill and the opportunity to kill always came together, who would escape hanging?” - Mark Twain

“In the end, our society will be defined not only by what we create, but by what we refuse to destroy.” - John C. Sawhill

“Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep deciding on what to have for dinner.’” - James Bovard

“Do not worry about your difficulties in mathematics. I can assure you that mine are still greater.” - Albert Einstein, writing a letter to a 12-year-old boy.

“We have become great because of the lavish use of our resources...but the time has come to inquire seriously what will happen when our forests are gone, when the coal, the iron, the oil and gas are exhausted.” - President Theodore Roosevelt, 5/13/1908 Conference on the Conservation of Natural Resources

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtfully committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead

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