Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Expanding job opportunities in Hilo
Do you happen to know what chemicals are injected into geothermal wells and the effect on the surrounding groundwater environment? Are these chemicals related to fracking in any way? Curious minds want to know.
When the Governor says it is time to stop talking and start doing, we should all slow down. We are being pressured to suspend our doubts and allow him and his dealmakers to impose a plan upon us without our due diligence. This is not too dissimilar to how Mufi's Train was imposed upon us. Or the Convention Center.
From my superficial consideration of things, I believe geo-thermal energy is a very cost-effective alternative to fossil fuels for generating electricity. I am less convinced of the cost/benefits of the the undersea transmission cable and the Lanai/Molokai wind farms.
Before we rush to embrace ocean energy projects, I hope close attention is paid to the likely destructive impact the noise will have on marine life. Noise travels ver far underwater. I can only imagine the harsh, creaking sounds some of the technologies might generate.
I believe that the same chemicals that come out of the ground re-enter the ground.
But the water is cooler and that can lead to fissures.
You are asking too much of some decision-makers. They don't use common sense or objectively analyze the merits of a project. They decide on how much the lobbyists whisper into their ears. Obviously, thelobbyists' goal is to bring money to THEIR project, come hell or highwater.
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