Yeah, right, I've heard the old "CoFeFe"
excuse once too often!
Out of curiosity, what are the toxic "mateTe" used in a Prius?
I've often wondered how solar panels work when they are under a foot of snow. Any electric appliance that uses a heating element - clothes dryers, hair dryers, cooktops, house heating, water heaters, dishwashers, etc. - are energy hogs. Fortunately we have natural gas for heating, cooking, water heating, and clothes drying - in California. However, as solar panel technology improves and battery storage technology advances, I plan on going 100% electric and go completely off the grid. TESLA has designed a electric power storage system called Power Wall for domestic use. It is in the early stages of development and doesn't quite meet my needs yet.
The toxic "mateTe" are in the batteries, when you have to replace them. I know that many people think that the environmental impact of that is less than of a gas engine, but it's something to be concerned about with batteries.
We currently use gas for all those "high energy" appliances, but they haven't made a natural gas dog dryer yet. I tried throwing them in the clothes dryer, but they complained.
It will be great when they solve the problems with batteries, and we can be TRULY dependent on just renewable energy sources!!!
One of the cool things we did in Nova Scotia was visit FORCE, where they are experimenting with big turbines (basically underwater "windmills" to harness tidal force. If the reseach they are doing pans out, they could power most of Nova Scotia on the tidal energy through the Bay of Fundy. And if it works there, there are many other places that it could be part of producing clean, renewable power atound the world.
I really like the work they are doing because a large part of the work they are doing is on how these turbines would disrupt wildlife and the ecology of the area. So far, the signs are all good. They are large enough that fish CAN swim through the middle (humans could too) but so far, the fish and cetaceans in the area are quickly learning to avoid them. :
P.S., I loved so many things about Nova Scotia (it's no colder than where we live) and their whole outlook on things, that I tried to get someone to adopt me so I could move there... at least for a few years. When that didn't work, I tried the amnesty approach, but they kicked me back across the border anyway. Politely and sympathetically, but they sent me packing.