Four Questions for a Sustainable Society: Is it Repeatable?


| 3/5/2010 4:51:43 PM


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Whale Repeatability is a lot like sustainability, but it is not the same thing. Repeatability is to sustainability what fairness is to justice. When we ask, “Is this repeatable?” we expect a conditional answer. When we use repeatability as a criterion, we expect to apply it in different ways under different circumstances.

Sustainability is an important ideal. The concept forms the basis for all our efforts to protect our habitat. It is also a perfectly impossible goal.

If nature teaches us anything, it is that nothing is truly sustainable. In the course of time, everything changes.

Repeatability can be visualized when sustainability cannot.

Repeatability is both practical and flexible. There are two kinds of repeatability that represent success. We immediately recognize the value of repeatability across time. Solar power and wind power are superior choices because the sun and the wind will continue producing energy indefinitely. We are not capable of exhausting them. That is their great practical virtue. But they are also valuable for their repeatability across geography. Everywhere in the world, the sun shines and the wind blows. There are places where sunshine is more persistent and where the wind blows harder and more consistently, but they are essentially available to everyone, everywhere. For that reason, they are enormously versatile sources of energy, capable of running mechanical pumps to bring groundwater to livestock in India or generating photovoltaic electricity that fills a Tesla sports car’s batteries and sends it hurtling down the freeway in southern California.

What passes for sustainable, in the current vernacular, is often only repeatable. Repeatability is the discipline through which we pursue the unattainable goal of sustainability.

larryp7639
6/21/2010 10:32:12 PM

I guess I don't agree with the stop using of coal and using wind turbines-the cost of upkeep for wind turbines and the materials that are used to make them are not helpful to the envirnment or the oil used to keep them lubed aside from the fact that they make a beautiful landscape ugly. __________________ http://moviesonlinefree.biz


Fran Tracy
6/7/2010 8:03:27 AM

Sustainability is something we are loosing. Obma is destroying this country ONE BILL AT A TIME AND MAKIGN PEOPLE MORE DEPENDENT ON GOVERNMENT INSTEAD OF BEING SELF RELIANT. I agree we need to conserve, recycle, and provide for our own existance as much as posible. I have apple, peach, apricot, and plum trees in my yard. I also plant a large garden and preserve it for use in the winter. I use lights only when needed and leave the AC off most of the time and when it is on, it is at 75 degrees which is tolerable. In winter the heat is at 68 degrees which is also tolerable witha sweater. THESE PEOPLE THAT HAVE TO HAVE THE AC AT 68 IN THE SUMMER AND THE HEAT AT 72 IN THE WINTER ARE WASTING RESOURCES AND MAKING THEMSELVES MORE UNCOMFORTABLE WHEN THEY GO OUTSIDE TOO. Fran


KCashatt_1
5/10/2010 9:32:23 AM

I guess I don't agree with the stop using of coal and using wind turbines-the cost of upkeep for wind turbines and the materials that are used to make them are not helpful to the envirnment or the oil used to keep them lubed aside from the fact that they make a beautiful landscape ugly. I believe hydro power is the cleanest power period-whether on an ocean or a river. I do believe that if someone wants to put a wind turbine on their own property by all means go ahead. Second - there are studies showing that managing our world better we can easily feed and sustain 12-14 billion people on our world, but that would take proper management not a government that pays farmer to NOT plant on their property or the government protecting things that are detrimental to our environment like Monzanto or big coal and oil companies.





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