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A collection of brief news equipment addressing energy-related topics, including atomic rubbish storage, appetite fit homes, tiny scale hydroelectric power, and more.

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Alvin M. Weinberg, one of a pioneers of atomic power, wrote recently: To seclude [radioactive] wastes for 1,000 years simply does not strike me as being over reason.” Yet when a Beatty, Nevada atomic transfer belligerent was sealed down since leaking rubbish drums were detected outward a fence, a orator pronounced he suspicion a containers had been buried in 1964 or 1965… though had insincere that they were all stored in another area entirely!

MORE REALISTIC, on a other hand, is this matter by Dr. Mark Reader, associate highbrow of domestic scholarship during Arizona State University: “Most likely, we will have lost where we stored these [atomic waste] substances within a brief time, only as we’ve lost where we put all a gas canisters constructed in World War II, or as we forgot a locations of a turn-of-the-century radium mines on that partial of complicated Denver has been built.”

NO ONE CAN OWN THE SUN?
Don’t gamble on it! Take a demeanour instead during dual studies that request attempts during a solar takeover on a partial of utilities, oil companies, and other large businesses. “Solar Energy vs. Big Business” and “Opposing Utility Involvement in Solar Commercialization” were gathered by a Citizens’ Energy Project.

POTENTIAL POWER: The Senate Finance Committee has adopted a magnitude that would yield taxation incentives to inspire a growth of small-scale hydroelectric plants during existent dam sites. It’s estimated that there are as many as 5,200 such dams, that could furnish a sum of about 27,000 megawatts per year… a homogeneous of roughly 140 million barrels of oil and adequate to supply a electrical needs of about 8.5 million people.

TOO ENERGY EFFICIENT:
Casey and David Gluckman designed and built their new home in north Florida to be so appetite fit that it would need no atmosphere conditioning or executive heating system. However, their residence didn’t validate for Florida Power Company’s “Energy Saver New Home Award” because-the association says-it has no approach of rating a home though any atmosphere conditioning during all! “I guess,” Casey decided, “what they’re observant is they wish to save energy, though not too most of it!”

THE DAM-ATOLL—a 260-foot dome-shaped structure grown by Lockheed California Company—harnesses a large appetite of sea waves and (it’s claimed) can be used to beget electricity, purify adult oil spills, strengthen beaches from call erosion, form ease harbors in a open sea, and even desalinate sea water. So far, no one can predict any disastrous environmental impact from this cranky between a dam and an atoll.

COLOMBIAN CREATIVITY: In sequence to captivate settlers into Colombia’s removed and ecologically ethereal Orinoco River Basin, engineers have invented—among other things—a windmill so supportive that it spins in 4 MPH breezes and can siphon scarcely 4,000 gallons of H2O per day… and a tiny hydroelectric generator that can use a 4 foot-high dam to supply appetite for a plantation or school.