Who’s got the power?

24 thoughts on “Who’s got the power?

  1. I was not aware that natural electricity is problematic, out here there is a group that does it to raise money to help with education, and building up the many destitute communities that exist. Best wishes and blessings, Charles.

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    • Apparently, solar panels can be made different ways and they might not always be so toxic, or they might be manufactured in a responsible way so that toxic substances are safely disposed of or recycled, but, as with everything, it is when they start getting mass produced that there is a lot of waste and careless dumping. So perhaps if we could all just manage with a fraction of the electricity we’re used to, just for the really essential things, then they could make less of them and do it more carefully? πŸ™‚

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  2. And yet without electricity this blog could not exist. The internet runs on enormous amounts of electrical power. There are no simple answers, no silver bullet. Quality of life is much enhanced by tools that can only run on electrical power. Imagine hospitals without electric power … or schools. Many parts of the world are intolerable without air conditioning. Access to clean drinking water or adequate sewage processing would be much more difficult. Yes manufacturing produces waste, much of it toxic. Safe disposal of that waste … or recycling of that waste is the answer. True corporate responsibility is the answer. Same for governments. And individuals.

    Better, cleaner, (truly) responsible technology is the best answer. LED (Light Emitting Diodes) light bulbs produce the same high quality light as CFL (Compact Fluorescent Light) or incandescent bulbs using a tiny fraction of the electricity. Better home insulation reduces power consumption. Without electricity we would be back to cutting down forests for wood to cook and heat or worse burning coal in our home furnaces.

    Oh well, enough ranting for today. Be informed and choose wisely. πŸ™‚

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    • I know, you’re right, and I know I might upset a lot of people with this, but I was so shocked when I learned about it that I couldn’t just leave it alone. I am disappointed that organisations like the RSPB and green energy proponents brush it under the carpet, leaving us to go blindly forward, trusting them, believing we are making responsible ethical choices. One of my commenters has kindly included website links that do show inventors are doing their best to create renewable energy in a way that does not hurt birds or other wildlife, and that is encouraging, but in the meantime why should animals suffer because we humans want all these extra comforts? Since learning all this we have stopped using electricity for everything except our blog and it is a challenging adventure that makes us more resourceful and more appreciative of everything. I think it would be possible for people to do without electricity for most everyday living, especially in the summer, so that much less would need to be generated for the truly necessary things. It’s certainly important for everyone to think about and empowering to feel we, as individuals, do have a choice. Thanks so much for your input πŸ™‚

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