Viridian Note 00184: Viridian CommentaryBruce Sterling [email@example.com]
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Link: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/pictures/misr/ There's a 530-mile long plume of smoke rising from the flames of Montana. It's 250 miles wide. http://news6.thdo.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/uk/newsid%5F890000/ 890338.stm
Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Wales just had a freak storm
From: Gordon.Edge@ft.com* (Dr. Gordon Edge)
(((Yeah, and worse yet, that green lower case "bp" is in a
lame san-serif font.)))
"Earlier in July, BP announced its capital investment plans for the next three years, which included a doubling of its planned investment in renewables, to $500m. A lot of money, you might say, but consider that the total investment budget is $40.5bn, of which $24bn is for oil and gas exploration and production. This investment will mean a rise in oil production of 4-5% per year, and gas production by 8% per year. Not exactly the actions of a company wholly intent on going 'beyond petroleum.'"
(((I'm with the facts and figures here, but let me break
some personal financial news. Though I'm doubling my
planned investment in Viridian agitation, I make all my
real money as a novelist. That means my industrial
interests are firmly aligned with Bantam Books,
Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, et alia. These enterprises
pick up 92% of the revenue that my creative endeavors
produce, while I tend to get about 8 percent, of which
only a teensy, derisory fraction goes into activism. Do
you see any publishers and bookstores attaching solar
plates to themselves? And think of all the trees we're
jointly killing. Financial analysis proves me to be
grossly duplicitous, but do you imagine I'll stop selling
those books? In a pig's eye, brother!)))
"While BP is the market leader in solar photovoltaics, it has no other renewables to speak of in its portfolio, and no obvious game plan as to how to get between here and a non-fossil future." (((Well, BP does own quite a large chunk of greenmountain.com, the Austin, Texas-based clean energy retail company. Greenmountain's got so many game plans that they tried to purchase the
next President.))) "At least Shell is talking about
the minds of the executives that dreamed up the scheme."
(((I have some cynical solar on my house, too. We
waste energy galore whenever we throw a house party and
everyone has to admire the big panels up there. It would
certainly never occur to me that this might cause somebody
to buy one of my books, though.)))
" If you want a report about PV gas stations, I was
at the opening of BP's first, at Perivale in West London
(((And in Cleveland! Whoa!)))
"I will attempt to use my contacts in BP to obtain you a 'sunflower' t-shirt."
(((That's very kind of you indeed. I have every intention of wearing it. Rule Cool Britannia!)))
Dr Gordon Edge Editor, Financial Times Renewable Energy Report
BP Solar gas firstname.lastname@example.org^^* (Indulis Bernsteins)
"Key concepts: Solar gas (petrol) stations, Beyond
Petroleum, solar cells from down under.
"In a country baked by uncounted gigawatts of solar energy every day, Australians are used to seeing solar energy in day to day life. Emergency call points on highways, solar hot water systems, and solar powered construction signs and billboards are common here on the West Coast of the continent. So when we gas-guzzling, car-addicted antipodeans pull into the BP petrol station with a huge array of solar cells perched on the roof, it
evokes little excitement. And perhaps that is just how
(((Absolutely. Except one other thing: carbon power has
to be conversely seen as insane, embarrassing and
"A solar powered BP petrol station at Belmont (Perth,
Western Australia) is only a few miles/Km away from my
of us hurry by to pay without noticing or caring what the red digits mean for the state of the planet."
BP Solarex solar cells http://www.bp.com.au/bpaustralia/our_products/au_sol.htm Press release for BP solar gas station http://www.bp.com.au/bpaustralia/press_office/au_quality.htm