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2009-05-27 Science & Technology
Iceland Discovers "Clean" Geothermal Power Plant Not So Clean
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Posted by Barbara Skolaut 2009-05-27 09:37|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [6510 views ]  Top

#1 If they have above ground power lines they could have serious problems as well as the insulation degrades.
Posted by tipover 2009-05-27 10:14||   2009-05-27 10:14|| Front Page Top

#2 So, Mother Gaia farts and the Icelanders have to clean their silverware. Life is like that. Surely there is at least one engineer in Iceland who is chanting "I told you so".
Posted by Richard of Oregon 2009-05-27 10:32||   2009-05-27 10:32|| Front Page Top

#3 Yep, and more people die annually from skin cancers created by nature's own Sun than ever from nuke plants in this country. Solar is not safer, you just can't do anything about it [other than live in a cave or missile silo].
Posted by Procopius2k 2009-05-27 11:11||   2009-05-27 11:11|| Front Page Top

#4 What?! Gases from the earth can kill you and do bad things?! But but...they're ALL NATURAL! How dare mother nature do things that can hurt you.

We should beat her up.


Sorry guys, volcanic vents and the like are well, DANGEROUS.
Posted by Silentbrick">Silentbrick  2009-05-27 12:03||   2009-05-27 12:03|| Front Page Top

#5 That geothermal is a dirty operation has been well known since the thirties, maybe before.
Posted by Kelly 2009-05-27 14:03||   2009-05-27 14:03|| Front Page Top

#6 Those poor, dirty Icelandic girls
Posted by Chuck Simmins">Chuck Simmins  2009-05-27 14:10||]">[]  2009-05-27 14:10|| Front Page Top

#7 So I guess Mother Gaia cuts nasty ones, huh?
Posted by tu3031 2009-05-27 15:15||   2009-05-27 15:15|| Front Page Top

#8 (EIA) reports assumed that because Hellisheidi is a windy, rainy place, most of the H2S would be transformed into sulphur and washed away into the soil instead

So Acid Rain is OK.

Posted by Phil_B 2009-05-27 15:26||   2009-05-27 15:26|| Front Page Top

#9 Yes, Virginia, there really is no such thing as a free lunch....

But we're all still getting ponies, right? 'Cause I still want one even if I have to scrap the precipitated sulfur off its hide on a daily basis.
Posted by SteveS 2009-05-27 16:11||   2009-05-27 16:11|| Front Page Top

#10 If they have above ground power lines they could have serious problems as well as the insulation degrades.

Ummm, above ground power wires are NOT insulated, they're bare wire, almost always aluminum with a strong steel wire core,

Insulators are those wrinkled looking glass things that suspend the wires and keep them from touching each other.
If you Raise up a ladder and touch a wire, you're dead.
Posted by Redneck Jim 2009-05-27 22:35||   2009-05-27 22:35|| Front Page Top

#11 Hydrogen disulphide is more toxic to humans than is hydrogen cyanide. It's just that the H2S smells so bad that you leave the area. People have been killed by natural emissions of H2S though.
Posted by Aussie Mike 2009-05-27 23:41||   2009-05-27 23:41|| Front Page Top

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