The hype on hydro
October 18, 2012
I agree with most of Roger Marolt’s assertion that it doesn’t make sense to pull a tooth for fear it will one day be knocked out, but Roger is dead wrong that “it doesn’t matter if clean energy is generated here or Death Valley” (“A monument to construction, a detriment to rivers,” Opinion, Oct. 12, The Aspen Times).
It does, and it’s a matter of efficiency. Following those pesky laws of thermodynamics, electricity is lost as entropy (scientific heat) the farther it has to be transported. Putting generation nearby means less lost electricity, and more efficient generation to use. There is a trade-off to find locales close … but not too close for efficient generation.
I agree that we should make a plaque and dedicate it to hyperbole.