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Multi-Trillion Dollar Pipe Dream

Are we heading toward an all-renewable energy future, spearheaded by wind and solar? Or are those energy sources wholly inadequate for the task? Mark Mills, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and author of The Cloud Revolution, compares the energy dream to the energy reality in this episode of PragerU.

A Dyson Sphere For The Sun

The ability to harness energy from the world around us, has literally fueled the technological development of the human race. And every time we got our hands on a stronger way of utilizing energy, it was major step forward for our species.

Our ancient ancestors began it all with the harnessing of fire to power their energy needs. We progressed to extracting our energy from animals, water, wind,  steam power and fossil fuels. These energies are so diverse, it’s easy to forget they emanate from the sun. Problem is, as our civilization becomes more advanced, our energy needs will increase, mostly because there will be more of us and the things we do will require more zip.

Because stars are spherical, they radiate energy in all directions, that’s why only a tiny fraction of our sun’s energy comes our way. So the possible solution to the problem could come in the way of a Dyson Sphere, a mega-structure that would completely encircle the sun and capture all of its energy. Unfortunately, because of technological limitations, building such a structure is many years away. Get more details on this phenomenal project in the following clip with Thought2.

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Reason For California Outages?

Everyone’s wondering about the widespread California power outages? How come they seem to happen every year? Why do they appear to be getting worse all the time? One reason that’s never discussed. California is relying much more heavily than other states on so-called renewable sources of energy, namely, wind and solar power.

But these sources, especially wind, are just not as reliable as coal or other traditional sources of energy. Why? Because if winds are too slow or too fast, the generators have to kick off. When that happens, power drops and outages occur. More from Lisa Haven.

Meanwhile, one of the wildfires in the Simi Valley threatened the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Authorities expressed confidence the fire could be stopped but they evacuated the staff and public as a precaution. More from Next News Network.

Blow by Blow on Wind

Love it or not, wind is a two-faced force of nature. While we welcome the pleasure of a cool breeze, or even strong gust, we tremble at the thought of gales, tornadoes and hurricanes. What is wind? Hank Green of SciShow answers in one simple sentence. “Wind is caused by air flowing from an area of high pressure to an area of low pressure,” he says. “The closer the high and low pressures are to each other, the stronger the wind.” Tune in as Green gets a bit more technical in this edition of SciShow.

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