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Subject: Re: OT: Fuel Cells for remote site Date: 3/30/2001 3:13 PM
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<Apologies in advance for getting so far off-topic, but I just couldn't let this go without a response>

...Seattle Pioneer says,

But don't let me stop you --- let me know when YOU actually get a fuel cell, or a number of them to fuel your electricity habit.

Mine average about $18/month ---perhaps you could start with your own conservation program.

...to which I reply,

Actually, I'm in the process of procuring a full-sized fuel cell system for testing at this time. I'll keep you up to date.

I'm glad that you have succeeded in achieving such low energy usage. I wish more Americans (especially in California!) were so dedicated to something this important. Seriously. But I wonder whether you are helping others to see our point of view or discouraging them with an arrogant attitude.

Believe it or not, I have substantially (like 30%+) reduced my household electricity usage, and I fully intend to do more. But fundamentally, I recently purchased an older house in a hot state where energy is cheap, and builders haven't ever cared too much about energy efficiency, and I have children who don't yet see the correlation between things like long showers and electric bills.

I see fuel cells as complementary to conservation, indeed even as a form of conservation. Fuel cells make more efficient use of fossil fuels than any traditional generating method. I can't see a way to end our use of fossil fuels today--I'm just hoping that fuel cells help bridge the gap between now and when controlled fusion finally works.

P.S. I agree with you that solar photovoltaics were oversold. I just don't agree with you that fuel cells are (yet, anyway :-).

--Metallurge
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