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Human Values Meetup

  • Jul 29, 2012 · 12:00 PM
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For our next Meetup, on Sunday, July 29, the topic will be "Environmental Problems and Economic Problems: How They're Related". Mike O'Mara and Don Stucky will introduce the topic, followed by open discussion.

We meet the last Sunday of each month, 12:00-2:00. Lunch and socializing are from 12:00-1:00, with the presentation from 1:00-1:30 (sometimes the presentation starts before 1:00), then open discussion from about 1:30-2:00.

Discussions are on various subjects related to human values, such as: aspects of society; the arts; social science; current events; nature and evolution; history; science and technology; ethics; philosophy, etc.

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  • Stuart H.

    First, lets look at energy efficiency, the negawatt. The kilowatt that isn't generated is the kilowatt that emits no CO2. This can be done via insulation, building design, & high efficiency appliances. Next use Nat. Gas. Environmental consequences are minimal, especially if fuel cells are used to generate electric power, most of our vehicles are powered, and most of our buildings heated and cooled with it. Next develop Thorium fuelled LMS reactors to replace our current reactors and coal.

    July 31, 2012

  • Stuart H.

    Don's presentation and hand out on a graduated consumption was interesting but I found it difficult to follow.

    July 30, 2012

  • Stuart H.

    First you need to realize the limitations of "renewable" energy. Most so called "renewable" energy sources aren't but many non renewable sources are. Wind and solar can't be renewed or recreated. They can't be stored in that form, only converted from other forms. However coal, oil and natural gas are renewable, but require time on a geological scale to form. More importantly however is the fact that wind, solar, and biomass aren't very concentrated, very reliable, or efficient.

    July 30, 2012

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    A former member

    The Environmental portion was insightful. I'm terrible with numbers so much of the Comsumption Tax part went over my head.

    July 30, 2012

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