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On 02/09/2021 at 11:16 AM, old man emu said:

…not drawing too long a bow to seeing the merchant marine utilising the replenishable energy of the wind. Also, with modern weather forecasting and oceanography it would be possible to lay out courses that took maximum advantage of Nature's freebies to motion...

Too right, OME. Perhaps the most efficient wind power for ships would be from modest-sized parasails sent high into the strongest winds. Easily controlled by AI, if not enough clever humans could be found.

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We have been able to land on a meteorite and get samples of it  back here,(without it having to pass over Mecca, I might add.) and build a kind of telescope that "Sees" back close to the beginning of the universe. and it's far longer than 6200 years. There's also considerable evidence the Earth is not flat. Nev

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Flying a big kite up to the jet stream has been proposed 30 years ago or more. It would be a good way to extract energy, but it sure seems a difficult way to do it.

Very pie in the sky, methinks.

Another good idea is that a mountain-top at the moon's pole would get sunlight 24/7. This could provide lots of power, some of which could smelt moon-rocks and some could be microwaved home to earth to ( hopefully) pay the bills.

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7 hours ago, Bruce Tuncks said:

…Another good idea is that a mountain-top at the moon's pole would get sunlight 24/7. This could provide lots of power, some of which could smelt moon-rocks and some could be microwaved home to earth to ( hopefully) pay the bills.

Even if feasible, this would bugger up our planet’s energy budget- adding lots of heat.

The smart thing to do is more efficiently use what’s coming in for free every day.

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I hadn't thought of that, Old K.

 

Contemplating the global energy balance, is it possible that mass use of nuclear energy would ultimately be adding to the energy budget? Has anybody even thought about it?

 

OMG I've just started a new conspiracy!

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3 hours ago, nomadpete said:

I hadn't thought of that, Old K.

 

Contemplating the global energy balance, is it possible that mass use of nuclear energy would ultimately be adding to the energy budget? Has anybody even thought about it?

 

OMG I've just started a new conspiracy!

So Peter - what are you going to call your cult - "P Anon"?

 

(Sounds like someone who sneakily does a piss on your car as they're jogging.)

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