Posts Tagged ‘Energy

10
Apr
16

Wind…

San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farms

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02
Nov
14

Half Light of Dusk…

‘in the half-light of dusk’

“…in the half-light of dusk…before the night has plunged
things back into themselves there is a settlement in which
the external and the internal are continuous with the evening air
if you are alone at the edge of shadows you are not alone
the hours of light shine in you with a compacted energy that
also burns in tree and stone partly revealed and partly veiled..”

Thomas A. Clark, The Path to the Sea

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05
Sep
14

sweet spot

“I think we each have a personal sweet spot as well. It’s the state of mind in which we experience the most joy and satisfaction in being ourselves. And from that place of pleasure and joy in being ourselves, energy arises to flow out into our day bringing with it the depth and resonance of our own beingness, bringing with it blessing.” David Spangler

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19
Apr
13

Wind Turbines, Energy or Tall Obsolescence

Turbines SB1Whether you see wind turbines as a bright star on the horizon of alternative energy production or a dark blight, a bird killer, a standing monument to man’s foolishness…the wind turbines, for me, are a surreal visual to get near, watch and photogaph. Near Hwy 10 in California, hundreds and hundreds of the turbines mostly spun along on this windy day. In the U.S as many as 14,000 wind turbines reportedly stand idle, abandoned and slowly decaying. Regardless of your thinking, I found them interesting to consider and all the questions they beg.

Turbines SB2

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10
Sep
12

Tended Desert Scape & Bleary Eyes

Tended Desert Scape, Bleary Eyes (SwittersB)

Living in the Pacific NW, I feel fortunate to live with defined seasons that are rarely too harsh. It creates a sense of yearning though and that creates wanderlust to satisfy the needs. When the gloom of too much Winter grey closes in around late February (or sooner) then the warmth and sun of the desert beckons.  But, there is also a pull to that Winter river and swinging the rod for Steelhead. Soon enough, I will be wishing the dog days of Summer were near.

Summer Sky by SwittersB

18
Jan
12

Columbia River Dams, BPA & Balancing the Forces

This is a lengthy, but very informative piece in Forbes about the Columbia River’s power/enviro management by BPA (and others) of 31 dams. A lot of good information in here. I queried this given the heavy dump of wet snow here last night, up the Gorge and wondering about runoff/flooding the next few days. I learned a lot more on the behind the scenes management of water running downhill to the ocean.

Grand Coulee Dam, the Columbia River's largest dam.

14
Aug
11

Obama Drilling Ban Over Turned: Impact to West U.S.

“CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A judge on Friday threw out Obama administration rules that sought to slow down expedited environmental review of oil and gas drilling on federal land.  U.S. District Judge Nancy Freudenthal ruled in favor of a petroleum industry group, the Western Energy Alliance, in its lawsuit against the federal government, including Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.” Huff Po Enviro            

DEFINITION OF A CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION

“Categorical exclusions (CEs) are categories of actions that have been determined not to have a significant effect on the human environment either individually or cumulatively.”       Categorical Exclusions




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