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  • humm....
    July 28, 2009 10:24 a.m.

    we can't drill for oil ...
    or mine for coal ...
    because it would damage our precious natural resourses ...
    but we can use upto 17,700 acres for a experimental solar facility?

    I have a couple of serious quesions...
    how long do solar panels last?
    how much does the maintanace cost?

  • lost in DC
    July 28, 2009 8:27 a.m.

    Didn't I hear that parts of the CA desert were off-limits to solar power generation because of some desert tortoise?

    My understanding was hydroelectric dams all over the Olympic Pensinsula were being shut down, not because they produced too much electricity, but because they damaged fish runs. I cannot speak to the Columbia River claims made by "Yes, TreeHugger", but the Olympic Peninsula was different.

    TreeHugger said Seattle and Portland utility users were willing to pay more for green power - more than what? More than they did before, or more than what the rest of us pay? When I was in the Seattle area we had some of the lowest electric rates in the country because of all the hydro power (not wind or solar). With the removal of so many dams (happened since I moved, so I don't know for sure), I would suspect the costs of increased, but are those costs the same as ours now, or are they higher? When comparing us to Seattle and Portland, we need to make sure we compare apples to apples since we don't have as much opportunity for hydro plants.

  • Tom Folley
    July 28, 2009 8:17 a.m.

    re: Another folly | 4:04 p.m. July 27, 2009
    Solar energy does not work!


    Hey Mr. smarty-pants -
    Be sure to tell NASA and astronauts living on the International Space Station for the last 11 years your little tid-bit of profound in-sight and knowledge.

    Go back to your cave.

  • Anonymous
    July 27, 2009 4:31 p.m.

    Elko Nevada is a good place for a solar cell study.

  • Yes, TreeHugger
    July 27, 2009 4:16 p.m.

    To all you Alternative Energy Nay-sayers.

    The Columbia River Gorge has had to regularly shut-down power being generated by the latest Wind Turbines along the Colmbia River in Washington/Oregon.

    It seems that the new energy systems are putting TOO much electricity onto the power grid and over-loading it.

    They've also had to shut-down several Hydro-electic dams along the river due to the excessive power, and water has been diverted around the dams so as to not threathen the fish species in the rivers.

    The report in the Seattle Times mentioned that the WindPower companies may begin paying the more expensive and dirty Coal-power plants to NOT produce power in the future as more and more WindTurbines continue to come on-line.
    Seattle and Portland customers are willing to pay more for the green energy sources.

  • Another folly
    July 27, 2009 4:04 p.m.

    Here we go again with another one of Salazar's pipe dreams. Solar energy does not work! It's a joke that the poor old stupid tax payer is going to pay for! Just watch!!