Sunday, August 14, 2011

Gates of Vienna News Feed 8/14/2011

Gates of Vienna News Feed 8/14/2011In the wake of the catastrophe at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan, the German government decided to close eight of its nuclear plants. Now it is facing a shortage of electricity during the coming winter, and is planning to buy electricity from Austria. Gas-powered generators in Austria will be pushed to the limit to supply this electricity. Fortunately for the Germans, the additional hydrocarbon pollution will be released in Austria, and not in Germany.

In other news, during July China experienced its most severe inflation in three years. Food prices were particularly affected, and rose more than 14%.

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3 comments:

Bob Devine said...

Quote from your post "Fortunately for the Germans, the additional hydrocarbon pollution will be released in Austria, and not in Germany."

Actually what will happen is... additional hydrocarbon emissions not "pollution" will not be any more of a threat to Austria than they would be to Germany. The particulates will fall to earth and be absorbed into the soil to become nutrients for plants and the CO2 will help farm crops and all other growing things grow better.

I am so tired of hearing and reading anti oil, coal and nuclear power people saying things that are not true I could spit. All you folks that think they are that much of a problem should get off the grid so the rest of us will not suffer shortages in the future. Put up your solar and windmills that only produce 2 or 3% of what you claim they can produce with your own money and leave us alone with our affordable power.

Baron Bodissey said...

Bob Devine --

Once again I have made the mistake of using irony or sarcasm without making it explicit. Perhaps I should have concluded my remarks with a "</sarc>" tag.

If you think I would compain in all seriousness about the pollution from gas electric generators, you have obviously not read many of my previous writings. I am, after all, a man who enjoys quoting Jorma Kaukonen: "I don't care if there's DDT in my lettuce, so long as it's crisp."

Boots McGonagle said...

Baron Bodissey --
I am, after all, a man who enjoys quoting Jorma Kaukonen: "I don't care if there's DDT in my lettuce, so long as it's crisp.

Did they forget to ban crisp DDT?