Why don't they?  

puntachueca 105M
2534 posts
7/23/2006 7:23 pm

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7/25/2006 1:46 pm

Why don't they?

We play a little game called "Why don't they?"

Today driving around Tucson in 107 degree heat, my eldest daughter came up with a great "Why don't they?"

Why don't they invent photovoltaic asphalt?

Think of all the roads and streets soaking up heat and radiating it back turning the entire city into a "heat island".

Think of all the electricity that could be generated from streets that soaked up sunlight and energy?

Do you have a favorite "why don't they?"

TheCliticals 34F/F

7/23/2006 8:25 pm

Thats a great idea btw. I had my hair replaced with strands of photovoltaic fibre last year and any energy not used to cool my overactive brain is stored in lithium cell batteries implanted in the back of my neck. On very sunny days I have to unload by pluging into the socket we use in the kitchen to operate the toaster. Its raised the average IQ of our muffins and now they have started their own blog.

I cant think of a new "why dont they" because I have a short a short a short a short a shhh

puntachueca replies on 7/24/2006 4:49 am:
That's hilarious!!!!! Thanks for the laugh!!!

rm_kelli4u2dew 41F
5220 posts
7/23/2006 9:09 pm

Huh? What's the difference between 150 degree sand and 180 degree asphalt? Tucson and especially Phoenix ARE heat islands. You could easily use solar generated heat to boil water and generate electricity there. You might not be able to cook an egg on the sidewalk, but you can on the top of a metal garbage can lid because I've done it when I was a kid.

I've got a better question. Why haven't the rocket scientists who are pulling all the water out of the Colorado figured out that covering the aqueducts would save millions of gallons from evaporation?

We do not live in a sane society. I guess it will take $12 a gallon gas before the government and corporations get off their asses.

Sorry, rant over.

puntachueca replies on 7/24/2006 4:54 am:
You're absolutely right.
I wrote a book on the CAP..questioning why spend billions to pump water uphill to grow more surplus cotton especially since the state had promised to reform its groundwater laws and had breached the promise. Jimmy Carter cut off the money until the state did revise it laws, making me persona non grata in Phoenix.

The opening line of the book was "Man wages a ceaseless battle against the encroachments of Nature on His environment."

We're obscenely rich and we waste so much out of arrogance.

rm_kelli4u2dew 41F
5220 posts
7/23/2006 9:31 pm

I don't know if you're into science fiction, but Song from the Stars by Norman Spinrad offers some tantalizing alternative ideas. I read it in 8th grade, and I think it was published in the 70s.

puntachueca replies on 7/24/2006 4:55 am:
I'll look it up. I was a Larry Niven and Poul Andersen fan.

tracy_de_lacy 105F
9268 posts
7/24/2006 1:45 am

Why don't they spend more money looking into all of the alternative ways of powering this world. There are so many natural resourses, sun, wind and water. Time we got civilised and started to treat the planet with the respect it deserves.

Bye everyone, it was a blast

puntachueca replies on 7/24/2006 4:56 am:
Exactly. Part of my house project is to take it off the grid.

cairnsmale55 105M

7/24/2006 4:24 pm

That sort of lateral thinking is to be encouraged… so what if it is ‘flawed’ or has ‘holes’ in it… that’s what ‘think tanks’ are for… toss the idea around and come up with a workable solution.

I am still amazed that people don’t use Solar panels more, especially in areas where there is sunlight in abundance. Close to here they boast 300 days of sunlight a year, but only 1% use solar energy…go figure!

puntachueca replies on 7/24/2006 7:44 pm:
That's us in Arizona. We have some of a max "solar constant" potential...but the laws of this country favor investment in fossil fuel central plants...there's little tax breaks for homeowners...but at $15,000 to $25,000 a house to retrofit...not much movement in that direction.

complexlysimple 34M

7/24/2006 5:00 pm

...on that note why not just build solar panels into shingles? Most get fairly warm ....well, except in winter when hthey might get covered my snow ...

...although my favorite is why don't they give me some $$ and a team to go chase these ideas ... maybe I just need to figure out how to tap into it....

puntachueca replies on 7/24/2006 7:47 pm:
There are several companies actually doing this..shingles...still in testing phase...also a solarvoltaic fabric... but to scale this up to mass quantity production requires huge amounts of money and a market...the average homeowner only owns their home for 5-7 years and this stuff takes 20 years to payoff.

In new home construction, when the homeowner is given the hoice of an extra $25,000 to be 100% solar, or add another bathroom, they always go for the bathroom. And banks don't add value to a home with solar for appraisal purposes.

(What the fuck is this shit..?? *rolls eyes*)

7/24/2006 6:32 pm

Big money DOESN"T want to develop new energy alternative Look at SRP or APS NO the fuckards built a fucking NUKE...WTF..??...SOLAR POWER fer Fucks sake...Nevada is just as bad...COAL BURNING PLANT...WTF..??...
Ahhh sorry rant over...WTF was the question again..??...Ready


puntachueca replies on 7/24/2006 7:52 pm:
You're right on...this is all driven by investment tax credits for big central plants, a financial institution mentality that likes this because it is easy to figure out, and utilities that like to get a rate of return on that investment.

We're slaves to our monthly utility bills.

catkit13 66F

7/25/2006 7:06 am

good ideas re energy, esp solar panels, not that i have any - you're right, too high a cost for an individual right now
but on the subject, why don't they . . . send all the washington war-mongers to guantanamo as "guests" for awhile? oh, you didn't ask the question looking for this kind of question?
ok, here's another: why don't they outlaw all organized religion? oops, another wrong road taken?
then here's my question for you and others: who the hell are "they" and why do they get to make all the decisions???

puntachueca replies on 7/25/2006 1:47 pm:
No...that's eaxctlyt what I was looking for...other "why don't they..." I like sending Bush's buddies to be guests at Gitmo. Perfect.

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