Friday, June 27, 2008

Saying for the day:Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant. ~Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Satires

We are threatened by Global Warming on the one hand and dependence on foreign oil on the other. Our economy is a shambles. Gas is up to $4.00 a gallon. Congress is too busy playing politics.
Never fear Mighty Mouse is here.
Ever week Mighty Mouse won a battle but every week there was a new battle to fight. Winning one battle helped save the day but it was never enough.
That’s the way it is on the energy front. We are winning battles but they only cut into and don’t solve the problem. But then every little bit helps.
The good news I have for you today is not about an experimental way of creating energy. It is in use already in several places in the world and in the next few years it will be much more widely used. Mighty Mouse is here.
Today’s break through , big city busses powered by biogas.
This is what Popular Science says of biogas:
“There isn’t enough biogas to power every car on the road, but it could replace nonrenewable, polluting fuels such as diesel for mass transportation. And unlike natural gas extracted from deep wells, biogas does not make a net contribution to greenhouse-gas emissions because it doesn’t release carbon trapped in fossil deposits.”
Biogas is created from sewage, crop stubble, and restaurant leftovers. Bacteria break down the organic waste and after purification it is compressed. It can then be used to run vehicles.
Though there is not enough potential biogas to run all the cars it could run all the city buses and make a significant dent in the amount of oil needed..
This is not a future dream as cities in Europe are already using biogas for public transportation. The city of Linköping in Sweden runs its entire bus fleet and its commuter train on biogas .
Already in the United States the city of Eugene, Oregon. Is planning on converting its entire bus fleet to biogas.
With gasoline at $4.00 a gallon other cities are bound to follow suit. As they do the need for oil will decrease.
That’s good news. And it’s here now.

#### News from Pigeon Falls-The little town in my basement where the trains still run, dragons fly, and life is back to normal . Nancy and Tommy TW are tired this morning. They arrived in Kaslo yesterday afternoon after a very enjoyable train ride. Nancy’s relatives and friends had a welcoming party for them last night. Sergeant York the RCMP without a horse was there. He enthralled everybody with stories of the Mounties. Tommy TW even took some notes thinking it might help in breaking his writer’s block.
Today Nancy’s relatives are taking her on a tour of Lakeside Park including a ride on the streetcar. They will get to see Kootenay Lake and hear something of it’s history. They even have a stop planned at the community of Yaqan Yukiy, translated as “the place where the rock is standing.” It is the center of research into the origin of the local Indians. In any case a full day is planned.
Back in Pigeon Falls Tommy UK continues studying driblet 49 and doing some internet searches while Tammy and the Tommy Club continue in their effort to show that the White Rabbit is a hoax. It is possible, of course, for both of them to be right. That is the driblet may have meaning and the white rabbit could be a hoax. In any case both are working hard.
It is almost time for Bonnie McGregor to have her twins and so Mrs. Koski, the nurse practitioner is looking in on her every other day. Once a week she is coming in to the clinic and ol Doc Simpson is checking as well. Everything seems to be on schedule. We do have the driblet that may apply to her as well.
Miss. Althea House died in Chicago . Her funeral will be in Pigeon Falls. She was very wealthy and the rumor is that Last Lutheran will get a good share of that money but that is at the moment only a rumor. She will have a splendid funeral, the rich always do. Pastor Joan has been asked to officiate. The House fortune was accumulated by her father the lumber baron , Herman House.He was an uncle of the now famous Dr. House.

Today's Link-Humble Origins- Check out wednesday's Smile
A very good day. I left the Fortress in the morning and got a haircut. Now I no longer look like a sheep dog.In the afternoon I put this coming Sunday's bulletin on the St. Mark's website. My sister Dawn called. Then I finished the third of the five books I had planned on reading this summer. They aren't going to be enough. I watch an hour of NCIS and then visited most of my blog links paying close attention to those that left comments on mine. Now I need a breathing treatment.


Blogger The Old Fart said...

That makes a lot of sense Dr John, but it seems our Politicians on this side of the Atlantic on both sides of the 49th Parallel are always too late to grab the ball and go with it. We are so far behind Europe.

A Blessed Weekend is wished for you and Betty.

5:00 AM  
Blogger Janvangogh said...

So Tommy's "father" has some work to do. Good thing. That Tommy is an expensive kid to raise.

6:06 AM  
Blogger Dragonstar said...

Nancy and Tommy TW have a busy time planned. I hope it helps him.

6:47 AM  
Blogger Carletta said...

You share a lot of knowledge Dr. John.
Just the other day my stepdad was talking about biogas. He was impressed. I don't know how all these things work but I hope we as a country get behind some of the technology to decrease our dependency.

7:25 AM  
Anonymous noble pig said...

Biogas across the nation would be a welcome addition. I hope it continues to catch on.

7:59 AM  
Blogger juliana said...

well, biogas is a great concept and i hope it gets some followers...

1:33 PM  
Blogger Stacy said...

A great idea, but I bet politics keep it from becoming a reality on any widespread basis here.

1:51 PM  
Blogger JR's Thumbprints said...

I've been carpooling for approximately one year now, and I don't miss the alone time. It's all about change, isn't it?

5:47 PM  
Blogger Mountain Mama said...

I had to gas up today at $4.49 a gallon! I only put $20. in and my poor gas tank was crying for more!
Where is it ever going to end?

Some rumors say prices could go as high as $10, a gallon. Lord forbid!

My Grandson tried converting discarded restaurant oils to auto fuel and he did use it for a while. I don't know why he stopped, maybe pollution or something.

10:29 PM  
Blogger Melli said...

3 Cheers for Biogas! Shoulda been in place being used in this country long ago! We're always a day late and several dollars short!

That WHALE is gettin' around, huh? From Canada to Pigeon Falls and back and forth and to and fro? WOW! Must be sOMe tunnel! (sorta like Wilber being sOMe Pig!) Ooooo... I wonder if a ... hmmm... a GREEN Pig might be next in PF?! Oh... but then Dr. Seuss would have to re-write the story to Green Ham & Eggs...

12:50 PM  

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