A friend and I were arguing yesterday on whether we should drill for oil in the Artic National Wildlife Refuse (ANWR). He took his usual Republican position that we should and I took my Democratic position saying we shouldn’t. My friend, of course, is dead wrong. My fear is not only what drilling will do to the environment. My major concern is that the projected 4.3-11.8 billion barrels of recoverable oil will lessen the sense of urgency to find renewables and discourage conservation. Discovering and developing renewable energy sources should be the
main pillar in any federal energy mandate.
As you can imagine, the folks in Alasks are champing at the drill bit to expand drilling on the North Slope where we’ve pumping oil out of the ground for decades. Indeed, a story today in the Achorage Daily News says a new study shows there’s more oil than we thought, this time under the Chukchi Sea, separating Alaska from Siberia. Indeed, Alaska’s Congressional Delegation is working hard to reverse the current drilling ban. But there’s plenty against drilling in ANWR, too. On the whole, the Achorage Daily News’ reporting appears balanced. It has run several stories in the past few months that would seem to argue against drilling.
In any event, I say no to drilling in ANWR so we get our butts in high gear of renewsable. What sayeth you?
The promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is that devices, gadgets, and appliances we use every day will be able to communicate with one another. This potential is not limited to household items or smartphones, but also things we find in our yard and garden, as evidenced by a recent challenge from the element14 design community.
If you didn't realize that PowerPoint presentations are inherently hilarious, you have to see Don McMillan take one apart. McMillan -- aka the Technically Funny Comic -- worked for 10 years as an engineer before he switched to stand-up comedy.
The first Tacoma Narrows Bridge was a Washington State suspension bridge that opened in 1940 and spanned the Tacoma Narrows strait of Puget Sound between Tacoma and the Kitsap Peninsula. It opened to traffic on July 1, 1940, and dramatically collapsed into Puget Sound on November 7, just four months after it opened.
Noting that we now live in an era of “confusion and ill-conceived stuff,” Ammunition design studio founder Robert Brunner, speaking at Gigaom Roadmap, said that by adding connectivity to everything and its mother, we aren't necessarily doing ourselves any favors, with many ‘things’ just fine in their unconnected state.
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