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Thread: California: Big Brother to control your thermostat?

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    some one made comments about prices rising.

    http://video.google.com/googleplayer...69971500776&hl

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    Jeez, what ever happened to educating the public on problems like this and telling them what they can do to help the issue?

    And btw, JLAP, bat boy is great! Just like that 40lb woman(or was it less?). I'm surprised that story is still going around, I remember reading that crap magazine when I was like 8-10 on a trip to Sunshine Key.

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    My thermostat is set on 53. Hence, my heat has come on only twice, briefly, this winter so far and...I'm cold all the time and dress inside like I'm outside. At least no one can accuse me of over-using my share of natural gas.

    Needless to say I love going over to other people's houses or going out to dinner or going anywhere a building is heated. It feels sooooo good.
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    53? holy crapola! Thats suicide Suzzane! I'd at least put that baby on 60-65ish!

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    Why doesn't the electric company just spend the money to update the infrastructure and build nuclear power plants to solve the power crunch? I did not finish reading the thread since I am in class, but Hell stop trying to salve the symptoms and fix the problem. The dilapidated electrical grid and lack of power plants is the problem. Just fix the problem and the symptoms will go away. Nuclear power is green power for the most part people.
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    Just building more power plants wont solve the problem. The electrical grid in this country is poorly out of date. Most of it was designed or built 20+ years ago before we all had home computers, central air, and so many other electronic devices. The grid can not handle more power trying to force more through is just going to blow transformers and relay stations. Remember that black out that affect many states in New England, Michigan, and Canada a few years back. One of the causes of that issue was the out of date power grid which was trying to handle more power than it could. The solution a complete overhaul of the electric infrastructure in this country, but good luck getting that payed for.


    I keep waiting for the government to put something in our toilets to monitor our bowel movements to see if flushing that toilet really was needed. LOL.
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    The power grid system works. If there is a fault and a transformer blows, the grid automatically reroutes the power around the fault. What happened in that blackout was not cause by the system being incapable of handling the power load. There was a fault in the grid near brookpark ohio. The switch that was suppose to shut off that that portion of the grid, was forced to remain open because it Edison power workers had jimmyed it so they wouldn't have to keep resetting it. Since it didn't isolate the problem, the fault was allowed to enter the rest of the grid and which shut down in a domino effect. You can argue that the switch that was jimmyed was old and had shut down a number of times when it shouldn't have, and that's the reason the workers bypassed it. But if it was working, it would have prevented the blackout.

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    If, in fact, this story has an element of truth to it, I don't see it as an omen of America's transition to a secret police thought monitoring totalitarian dystopia. In energy and resource-crunched urban areas, I would view this as a move in the right direction. The "slippery slope" methodology is useful in some cases, but it generally just creates blanket statements that become air-tight barriers to innovation and change. People seriously need to pick their battles.

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