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part on what happens with prices for coal,
gas, and oil over the next few years and
decades, says Stephen Connors, a research
engineer with the MIT Energy Initiative.
Power produced by Cape Wind will be used
by all National Grid’s customers, supply-
ing around 4 percent of a typical customer’s
energy. At current rates, Connors says, the
investment in Cape Wind should cost the
average National Grid residential customer
anywhere from about $1 per month on the
low side to “about two Starbucks lattes per
month” on the high side.
In the decade that the battle over Cape
Wind has been raging, offshore wind farms
have been built in the waters of nine Euro-
pean countries, resulting in a capacity of
more than 2.4 gigawatts—enough to power
more than a million homes. A 10th country,
China, recently completed a 102-megawatt
turbine cluster off the coast of Shanghai. By
2020, 30 gigawatts of additional offshore
wind capacity is expected to be built off the
coasts of China. Yet America’s effort to tap
offshore wind has lagged.
If Cape Wind’s Gordon gets his way, the
turbines will be spinning by 2013. But that
victory will have less to do with the eco-
nomic and environmental merits of offshore
wind power than with which side in the
local political standoff has best withstood
the epic wrangling. Many of the locals have
grown cynical: as one citizen in the film
says, “The people with the most money are
going to win.”
In fact, it doesn’t have to end that way.
The turbines, if they’re built, will be in pub-
lic waters leased by Gordon and his associ-
ates. That means the public has a right to
decide whether the project makes sense as
part of a national effort to increase renew-
able power. But to make decisions wisely,
we need a coherent national energy policy
and international agreements that make
sense of local energy development. In their
absence, each new energy project will be
caught in the local crosswinds.
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Mysterious, Continuous Moving Desk Display
Superhero approved, this model was featured in Iron
Man II. Never ceasing, always swinging, this moving
stick model appears to defy gravity and turn logic on
its head. The perpetual motion illusion was created by
an electrical engineer and designer to baffle and
amaze all onlookers. Ideal for conference rooms, med-
ical offices, exhibition areas, waiting rooms, display
windows, and foyers, this display provides sophisticat-
ed style and unmatched entertainment.
Aquitane Sundial Ring
Replica of Ancient Time Telling Tool
Almost 900 years ago, in 1152, Eleanor of Aquitaine gave
a sundial like this one to King Henry II of England so that
Henry would know when to return from the hunt for their
visits. Today, the Aquitane Sundial Ring, named for
Henry’s lover, will help you know the time of day.
Suspend this replica dial by its black satin cord and on
sunny days a thin ray of sun shines through a tiny hole to
illuminate a number, revealing the time.
REV XEPLUS Super Charger
The Only AC Charger You'll Ever Need
This charger offers sleek, simple, eco-friendly access to
power wherever you need it. Exclusive Light Assisted
PowerTM technology along with an integrated AC power
plug and cutting-edge battery backup system ensures
the Rev XE Plus can keep your cell phone, iPod, PDA ,
and more all charged and ready to use. Whether you have access to AC power or not, this
charger can still deliver. Charge from the sunlight, your computer, or car too. All energy is
stored in a 2200mAh internal battery. Plus it can recharge two devices at once.
Electronic Antique Microscope
19th Century Design With Modern Technology
Observe and study plant and insect slides with your choice of trans-
mission light or reflecting light with variable magnification objectives.
An electronic eyepiece and the included software also enable you to
observe specimens on your computer and save micro images for later
study and use. Ideal for the beginner in microscopy, this scope is easy
to use and attractive to admire on any desk or shelf. Includes soft-
ware CD, microscope cover, sample slides, and USB cable.
Elements of Genius Mug
You Are What You Drink Out Of
A perfect gift for yourself or the smartest person you know, this
white ceramic mug proudly proclaims to contain The 'Elements' of
Genius. It also features the Edmund Scientific logo, because
we're your biggest fans. 11oz.
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