I am not a huge soccer fan, but I do get excited to see the finals of big tournaments and today’s final was certainly one that I enjoyed. Too bad for the United States soccer team, but hooray for the champion Brazil team. They did not let being down 2-0 at the half get to them. In fact, when the second half started, it was as if a completely different Brazilian team was playing. Quickly into the second half, Brazil got on the scoreboard with their first goal and it was all Brazil from there.
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Several friends of ours who have more than one child have told us that one child is a breeze, but adding a second child to the household makes for a very busy home. Oh I can hardly wait – no really – I can wait.
My mom always used to tell us kids growing up: “don’t wish your life away!” I have always had that in the back of mind about wishing for time to pass. Rare do I wish for time to pass. I think the exception to this rule was when I was in the Navy back in the 1980’s and I could not wait to get to the end of my enlistment. But for the most part, I generally do not wish for time to pass – I’m especially not going to start now with wishing for the second child to arrive.
In a recent article by the Worldwatch Institute, it was stated that 2008 was the best year ever for the solar power market with
dramatic increases in installations of solar photovoltaics (PV’s)…cumulative PV power installed worldwide jumped from 9,000 MW in 2007 to almost 15,000 MW in 2008. MW stands for Mega Watts.
The article went on to say that Europe continues to lead the market for PV’s with Europe accounting for more than 80% of the world demand in 2008. The US accounts for only 8 percent of the global demand for cumulatively installed PV capacity.
We have seen estimates of 1000 MW is enough to power between 420,ooo homes to 1,000,000 homes.
The two big countries in Europe that account for most of the PV demand is Spain and Germany. These countries have feed-in tariff systems that require utilities to buy electricity generated from solar power projects at government instituted premium guaranteed long-term prices.
These feed-in tariff systems are apparently designed to encourage adoption of renewable energy and seems to be working. However, as these programs are scaled back so seems the demand will follow as companies are less interested or cannot afford to stay profitable with the cost of PV still being higher than fossil fuel sources.
Are we as a worldwide society still not convinced to install solar as an alternative to fossil fuel based energy generation such that demand would wax and wane based on government subsidy?
And where is the US in all of this. The US has some of the best and most widely available resources to implement a wide scale solar initiative, more could be done – government subsidies are still not enough. Is the US really serious about breaking its dependency on foreign oil? From this report it doesn’t seem like it. What do you think?
Government investment in its own power infrastructure through solar and wind projects provides much needed jobs and long term economic and security protection.
For more information about this report visit: Worldwatch.org
Unbelievable difference already in this pregnancy from our first one. My wife is not feeling that great so far into this pregnancy. She has had a “sinus infection” for about a month now. No tossing her cookies as of yet, but certainly not at the top of her game. For the first pregnancy, she only had about 2 days of morning sickness and that was it. Her health the rest of the pregnancy was fabulous short a few times where she just got really tired.
Today, she came home complaining about “gas” way up in her stomach. As she was telling me this, she pulled her sweater/shirt up to show me the upper stomach crease that ran across her abdomen – and said, “I already have the crease which I do not recall getting until I was 3-4 months pregnant the last time.” Yikes was about all I said – oh and then I started telling how beautiful and attractive she is to me. Of course, she was in no mood for my trying to cheer her up…
When we were going through the first pregnancy all we heard from different folks was how different different pregnancies are. So far we are experiencing a much different pregnancy already with her being hampered by a nagging “sinus infection.” I try not to let my thoughts get to significant with all this thinking that we’re going to have a boy as he is already giving us and his momma his business. And as I type out this post, I can only imagine that with her already showing signs on her belly at 6 weeks with the crease that perhaps we’re staring down at twins??? Yikes heaven help us.