Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Earth Day 101: Al Gore, Repower America, and the Department of Energy



Al Gore’s Challenge to Repower America
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"There are times in the history of our nation when our very way of life depends upon dispelling illusions and awakening to the challenge of a present danger. In such moments, we are called upon to move quickly and boldly to shake off complacency, throw aside old habits and rise, clear-eyed and alert, to the necessity of big changes. Those who, for whatever reason, refuse to do their part must either be persuaded to join the effort or asked to step aside. This is such a moment. The survival of the United States of America as we know it is at risk. And even more - if more should be required - the future of human civilization is at stake."

Methinks that this goes far beyond windmills, electric cars, conservation of energy, and solar panels. Global warming certainly can't be denied and I agree that we must do everything possible to change the situation, but it seems that us shuman beans are, as usual getting only part of the story. The DOA, namely the Department of Fusion Energy, has been working on solutions that we don't see on the main stream media, and is involved with many solutions, including fusion powered electrical generation and atmospheric studies of radiation in cloud formation processes.




About the ARM Climate Research Facility (ACRF)


ACRF Laboratory Partners

The U.S. Department of Energy Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility (ACRF), supported by the DOE Office of Science, unites the expertise of nine national laboratories:
Argonne Lawrence Livermore Oak Ridge
Brookhaven Los Alamos Pacific Northwest
Lawrence Berkeley National Renewable Energy Sandia

This partnership supports the DOE mission to provide for the energy security of the nation. This mission includes climate impacts of current and future energy production and developing solutions based on a sound energy strategy.
ARM Climate Research Facility - A National User Facility for the Scientific Community

Through the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Program, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) funded the development of several highly instrumented ground stations, two mobile facilities, and an aerial facility for studying cloud formation processes and their influence on radiative transfer, and for measuring other parameters that determine the radiative properties of the atmosphere. This scientific infrastructure and resultant data archive is available for use by scientists worldwide through the ARM Climate Research Facility. This user facility has enormous potential to advance scientific knowledge in a wide range of interdisciplinary Earth sciences.

"Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory: Fueling the Future" presents an overview of the Laboratory's research program. The video includes a basic introduction to the principles of magnetic fusion energy, a mission synopsis of PPPL's current major fusion experiment, the National Spherical Torus Experiment, and descriptions of fusion devices proposed for the future. These include the National Compact Stellarator Experiment, being built at PPPL, and the international ITER project. Information on the application of plasma physics to solve near-term problems is also presented.

Science Daily

"Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory: Fueling the Future" presents an overview of the Laboratory's research program. The video includes a basic introduction to the principles of magnetic fusion energy, a mission synopsis of PPPL's current major fusion experiment, the National Spherical Torus Experiment, and descriptions of fusion devices proposed for the future. These include the National Compact Stellarator Experiment, being built at PPPL, and the international ITER project. Information on the application of plasma physics to solve near-term problems is also presented.

Fueling the future...Video

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