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Posted on Jan 19, 2011
From the website of Atlantis Resources

According to the company responsible for the Indian project, “Tidal current technology extracts energy from the high tide bulge created by the gravitational pull of the moon and sun moving horizontally around the Earth’s surface.”

This line from a BBC article about a $150 million tidal power project that will be partially built and deployed in India speaks to the highly competitive global market for the jobs of the future: “As much of the manufacturing as possible will take place in Gujarat, taking advantage of the skills base in India’s booming wind turbine industry.”

BBC:

The biggest operating tidal station in the world, La Rance in France, generates 240MW, while South Korea is planning several large facilities.

To claim the title of “Asia’s first”, the Indian project will have to outrun developments at Sihwa Lake, a South Korean tidal barrage under construction on the country’s west coast.

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By Inherit The Wind, January 20, 2011 at 1:59 pm Link to this comment

What if “Drill, Baby, Drill!” referred to the footings for anchoring tidal turbines instead of oil wells?

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By gerard, January 19, 2011 at 7:25 pm Link to this comment

As science and technology rush us toward a future in some ways far more promising than the present, what intellectual/moral drag grips the United States in its persistent efforts to hold onto outmoded ideas and processes?  Millions of dollars and hours of human energy are wasted on “survillance and control” of citizens through maintaining secrecy, media spin, aggressive policing and imprisonment,and through the promotion of wars that leave nothing but destruction on all sides.
  Efforts to improve and open educational opportunities, and to broaden the mental landscape of both business executives and government officials are largely futile, due to reactionary mind-sets and behavior that not only resists, but actually punishes innovation as “subversive.”
  True, the U.S. is not the only nation that resists
changes which demand new ways of thinking and behaving.  But as perhaps the most militarily and financially influential nation, its recalcitrance may prove to be proportionately more damaging than others wielding less destructive influence. 
  Several current examples of reluctance to meet the future halfway come to mind:  Resistance to willing participationo in “clean” energy solutions; resistance to peace-making as an alternative to wars that are proven to be counter-productive and cruel; and refusal to acknowledge the free and fair sharing of information and world resources that might lead toward better international relations and toward ending widespread poverty and disease.
  What is the cure for the fear that motivates so much reactionary fervor and sets the stage for the failure of possiblel solutions?

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By samosamo, January 19, 2011 at 4:48 pm Link to this comment

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This is Geo Engineering that has more of a potential of
disrupting ocean currents and is probably dangerous as hell. As
an ocean current moves, hills and valleys and other obstructions
in the ocean tend to alter the power inherent in the flow. What
this has a high potential of doing is weakening the ocean
currents that are crucial to the weather and climate of this
planet. This sounds more like reactive and dangerous efforts
that will not produce what seems desired.

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By Steve Woodward, January 19, 2011 at 12:52 pm Link to this comment

China? India? South Korea?
Why do I feel so left behind?
Don’t we have tides?

I guess tidal, solar, wind, geothermal only work in countries with rational energy
policies. All hail big oil, big coal, and the big banks who stuff them down our
throats.

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