Toasty Thursday


The world– you and I included– actually greatly increased the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, by 2.87 parts per million, raising the total to just about 410 ppm. So reports the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This was a significant increase, the fourth largest during the past 60 years of measurements. Worse, three of the four biggest jumps in CO2 have been produced during the past four years.

And, the world’s burning of *coal* actually increased. Coal is the dirtiest fossil fuel, the burning of which releases enormous amounts of dangerous carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

Making electricity from coal typically costs 5 cents a kilowatt hour. New solar plants, which can be built in 18 months, are nowadays often offering electricity at 3 cents a kilowatt hour.

*New* solar in many places is cheaper than existing coal. And yet world consumption of deadly coal increased.


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11 Responses to Toasty Thursday

  1. Micki says:

    We’re gonna be “toast” one way or the other….


  2. David B. Benson says:

    Juan Cole is far from expert on electricity generation.


    • David B. Benson says:

      In particular, such low rates for solar power have been bid for projects in the Atacama desert of Chile, where it never rains and there are copper mining companies certain to purchase whatever is generated. Prices are higher here in eastern Washington state.


  3. David B. Benson says:

    Unsure why there are solar panels in Kotzebue, Alaska.


  4. Carol says:

    Sara brought Nicholas over here this morning, he was sick so he stayed with me while his parents worked. It’s a cold now, but he had a fever last night of 101.6. I used to get colds, he gets a fever then the cold, me…just the cold..

    It was nice having him here, he felt fine, head was cool. He was glued to his iPad all day, lol. Kids aren’t babysat by TVs anymore. We watched ‘The Princess Bride’ after lunch. He watched it with one eye, the other eye on his iPad.


  5. Carol says:

    I have Direct TV, but it was bought by AT&T, I noticed Bob got email from AT&T, telling him his bill was almost ready. We get it in the mail and write a check, so that was weird, and Bob knew better than to give any business his email address. He must have done that when he was getting sicker and kind of losing it.

    Well, out of the blue today I got an email from them on THIS computer and there isn’t one on Bob’s computer! I am outraged! How in the bloody hell did they get my email address? It looks legit, it knows my due date, and how much I owe. I did, however, write a check on the 24th and mailed it so they are behind the times.

    Did I tell you I called them about something and they wouldn’t talk to me, said it was Bob’s account and they could only talk to him. I told the guy Bob was dead, he told me they couldn’t help me but that I should take a copy of his death certificate to an AT&T store. It’s frickin’ TV. Bob ordered Direct TV via phone.

    Pete and I went there, the employee didn’t know what to do about such a strange thing, neither did the people he called. Pete, the employee and I agreed for me to forget about getting Bob’s name off of there and my name on. Just keep doing what you’ve been doing, pay the bill, and if I need to call them about something, have Pete do it. They need to hear a man’s voice.

    In the meantime, the mystery is how they got this email address. I am livid. When Pete comes over, he’s going to call them and see if he can stop emails from coming here. If not, I’ll go to my Gmail out on-line and mark it as spam so I never have to see email from them ag


  6. Carol says:

    Spring is here for sure. All the signs are in, even frogs which Pete heard at his house last night. Since it went up to 60° today, heard frogs across the road on the dairy farm land. I worked outside yesterday, picked up sticks but put them in piles to pick up when I get the cart hooked up. I did some pruning of lilac suckers, too, and today muscles just below my waist hurt.

    I tried the tractor, flooded it. Went in, back out and pruned, then tried it again, varoom…started right up. I rode it around for awhile, got off to deal with sticks I missed on foot and left it running. I would have hooked up the cart today and finished the stick job, but Nick was here, and when they left around 3:45, it was time to eat. I’ll get back out there tomorrow. I have to work on both sides of my 100 foot wall of lilacs. Getting WAY out of hand the past few years.


  7. David B. Benson says:

    Fruitless trip up to the CUB and then back to the Hillside Cafe; 25 minutes.


    • David B. Benson says:

      Up to Kimbrough for Gareth’s piano recital. Chatted briefly with Carol; saw Keadrin but didn’t have the opportunity to say hello.

      Day 5: 113+42=155 minutes so at least I am up past the weekly minimum.


  8. David B. Benson says:

    Kotzebue, Alaska, residential electricity is $0.53/kWh.


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