Wednesday, October 31, 2012

I'm OK

Aside from a few hours (20 or so) with out internet--My ISP was hit harder than I was--the storm was as predicted.. Not that bad--

Unless you lived in a low area close to the shore.  There was plenty of warning (which some heeded, and some ignored) that it would be bad on the coastal areas, and even the low lying inland areas.  The loss of life, was remarkable low--a minor blessing that at least people--if not property--survived the storm.

The storm itself was bad--the aftermath--huge power outages (expected, but the outages exceeded-as the storm surge did--the predicted expectations) are the worst.  We are a society that is dependent on all the modern conveniences that electric power provides.  We manage well for a few hours, become testy after a day or two, and either resigned, or indignant when the power is gone for several days. The utility companies can't rewire their entire service area in week (or even in two weeks) even with out side help.

The news coverage is repetitious, tragedies aren't more (or less) tragic for being repeated every hour on the hour.   The important stuff--the basic changes to our climate, and what that means, is largely being ignored. Though Governor Cuomo touch on it...  But it seem rather evident.  Every years, the location changes, but the results the same--Worst storm we've ever seen.

A few years ago, scientist change the name from global warming to climate change.  It may or may not feel generally warmer, but tropical storm are heat driven and a degree or two difference makes for a huge change!

When it comes to rebuilding.. we should be asking ourselves: What makes the most sense? Should a house in a flood plan have a basement filled with utilities? Or should it have a utility room on the first floor?  Should the first floor at least be a few feet above ground level?  Shouldn't we be planning for self sufficiency--and have solar panels or other passive sources of power? Should we each have, at least some back up power?  While at the same time reducing our dependence on fossil fuels--and the problems burning fossil fuels bring?  

I have been a nag at my co-op meeting for installing solar panels on the roof.  I keep getting told its not cost effective --that there is almost 10 year pay-back time--at current electrical rates--(as if these aren't going to go up in the next few years. )--But at times like these, (even though we never lost power at all) being self sufficient, and at the same time reducing  the carbon foot print seems more and more like a good idea.

1 comment:

florapie said...

Helen, if only everyone had as much forethought as you! It seems obvious that we should take some precautions and make some seemingly simple changes, but it doesn't happen. Of course, we were incredibly lucky that our earthquake on the West Coast last week hit in an area that's not densely populated. We continue to hide our heads in the sand and pretend it's never going to happen.