Reap the Recession-Proof Whirlwind

“They Sow the Wind, and Reap the Whirlwind”
Hosea 8:1-14

There are some of you who held down steady jobs or ran businesses, paid your mortgage, invested in America and raised a family. Now you’re unemployed, your retirement investments went bust and your kids will live at home forever because their college money vanished too. Fools! Don’t come crying to me. . .

In my case, the clever strategy of goofing off and not giving a blank about anything except science fiction and monster movies paid off. This week I attended the FJA memorial, which packed the Egyptian theater in Horrorwood, Karloffornia and was also at The Boneyard Collection premiere at the Fine Arts. Being broke puts me way ahead of you sorry debtors and now I’m enjoying the benefits.

But because I do care just a little bit, here’s a Sacramento Business Journal report (California) about a growing business sector in these tough times, “Alternative power revenue soars.”

“Wind power was the biggest winner with a $50 billion share of the overall $115.9 billion in clean energy revenue. . .”

Well, blow me down.

Spain’s El Hierro island, one of the Canaries moving to 100% renewable energy, made San Antonio, Texas news because their power project leader, Alfonzo Chiscano, made a favorable impression to a Texas audience this week.

El Hierro plans to pump water uphill to reservoirs when there’s more wind than power usage, then draw down a hydroelectric boost during peak demand. There’s an ocean full of water near the island, which they are desalinating with the renewable energy. From Canary Island News:

“El Hierro is in the process of being made totally reliant on wind and sun, and by the end of 2009, El Hierro should be the first of the world’s larger inhabited islands to generate its entire power requirements from renewable energy sources. Three windmills and two hydro-electric power plants are all that is needed to achieve this aim.”

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