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Is it possible to tap into the energy of earthquakes?

EarthTalk
earthtalk@emagazine.com

Dear EarthTalk: Can earthquake energy be harnessed for power, particularly in places like Japan? Also, how can Japan, so vulnerable to earthquakes, even have nuclear power?

Sasha M.

Australia

While it is no doubt theoretically possible to generate electricity by harnessing the kinetic energy of shifting tectonic plates below the Earth’s crust, pulling it off from a practical standpoint would be a real logistical challenge — not to mention prohibitively expensive compared to harnessing other forms of energy, renewable or otherwise.

Dutchess County financial picture shows some improvement

The County Account
KelseyESQ@yahoo.com

Gasoline prices dictate consumer behavior, which during the summer months sometimes means the difference between a vacation and a “staycation.” The high cost of gasoline and home heating oil is also causing government leaders to think differently about our budgets via sales tax revenues.

Cornell Cooperative turns 100 this year

The Millerton News Editorial

The much beloved and frequently utilized Cornell Cooperative Extension is celebrating its 100th anniversary statewide this year, and all of Cornell extensions in New York state are joining the celebration. The Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County (CCEDC) will actually celebrate its centennial birthday in 2013, but it’s still among the many taking a moment to praise the statewide agency for all of the services and resources it has provided to New Yorkers for the past century.

More Oil

Editorial Cartoon

Our perpetual dependents

The Country Curmudgeon

I am sitting here watching my local crow family. We are back up to four again. There are two youngsters this year. I can tell because, although they are the same size as the parents, they still flutter their wings and beg to be fed. Other than that, they are indistinguishable from the parents, who are hustling to find enough food for everybody.

Letters to the Editor July 14

Letters To The Editor - Millerton News

Speedy reaction to library call for help with hot ballast

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Atomic energy, yes or no: It’s your call

A View From the Edge

Part of the problem with evaluating atomic energy as part of our daily lives is that most people are too poorly educated (not stupid, just ignorant) on the science involved to really understand how it all works. Because they don’t get the science, they are left listening to politicians (themselves pretty ignorant) who are pushing an agenda often without any long-term scientific assessment or, worse, dependent on lobbyists who have told them what to think.

What does KFC have to do with rain forest destruction?

EarthTalk

Dear EarthTalk: I understand that fast-food giant YUM! Brands, owner of KFC, is under fire by Greenpeace and others for rain forest destruction. What’s the story?

Betsy Barnard

Wellesley, Mass.

YUM! Brands, which operates 38,000 fast food restaurants in 110 countries (including not only KFC but also Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, WingStreet, A&W and Long John Silver’s), has come under fire of late from Greenpeace and other rain forest advocacy groups for sourcing palm oil, paper and other goods from suppliers notorious for destroying tropical rain forests in Indonesia and elsewhere.

Bog For Pres.

Editorial Cartoon

Medical Examiner’s Office move may really happen

The County Account
KelseyESQ@yahoo.com

Ennumerate the core functions of government. Not many lists will include a medical examiner.

Few people realize how commonplace autopsies have become in the functioning of government. The Sheriff’s Office and local police forces rely heavily on the medical examiner for evidence collection. The district attorney relies on their findings for prosecution, and the Health Department, in which this county position is based, utilizes the results for analysis and detection of public health risks.