Avila Beach Life • September 2022

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ith the end of summer comes cooler days, back to school, and harvest. Most of us, when we think of harvest, picture the rolling vineyards filled with plump grapes ready for the harvest festivals and grape stomping, which typically take place in October. Here in San Luis Obispo County, we also follow the harvest season with our local farms; whether it is produce or getting ready for pumpkin season, we have it all right at our fingertips. We live in such a special place in the world that we have farmers who are our neighbors and friends. We have local farmer’s markets almost every day of the week throughout the county. As a result, we have the ability to have fresh eggs, milk, veggies, and meat, all locally grown and can be found weekly at the Avila Beach Farmer’s Market. When we look at the rising cost of all goods throughout our nation and the water drought we are currently facing in California, it is important to know what is available for you and your family locally. Supporting one another is how we get back in touch with what is truly important and leave behind all the chatter that is made to scare and divide us. In the month of September, we take time to honor and remember those who lost their lives twenty-one years ago, on September 11, 2001. In addition, we remember the 13 military service members who were killed last year at the end of August during the US military evacuation of Afghanistan, which ended the longest war in American History. As the younger generations lose touch with the significance of the tragic events that followed that day, may we take the time to educate them and remember how we all came together in unity for the love of our fellow countrymen and women and the pride we all had together as Americans. May we never forget all who were lost over the last 20 years. As we head into the Autumn season, we turn our focus to what is the most important during the coldest time of the year…family, friends, and community. If that remains at the forefront of what we do, there is nothing we can not do together. We wish you a happy Autumn; please enjoy this issue of the Avila Beach Life. Hayley & Nic Mattson

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SEPTEMBER 2022 — Avila Beach Life | 3 FOUNDATION NEWS AND VIEWS

"See You in September"

Rick Cohen

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reetings, fellow Avilones. “See You in September” that’s the name of a clearly mournful recording by “The Happenings” in 1966. It’s one of those oldies songs that speak to young love and the pains that often come with it. In it, the school year is coming to a close, and the young man is preparing for his girl to leave for the summer. He croons, “I’ll be alone each and every night, while you’re away, don’t forget to write,” then asks, “will I see you in September, or lose you to a summer love?" It’s songs from the '60s such as this that so many of us senior citizens nostalgically recall and make us long for the good old days. While we are on the path down memory lane, I was thinking about the 14+ years that I have been penning this monthly column. It came to be back in early 2009 as a way for the “Foundation” to help make the community

aware of our existence, even though the agency had been doing its thing since 1998, which consisted of issuing lots of grants totaling more than a million dollars to benefit Avila Beach as it recovered from the “Big Dig.” During the first 11 years, not many locals were aware of the “Foundation,” in spite of its good work. Upon my hire in January of 2009, I was tasked by the Board of Trustees to find ways to better promote our work in the community. Thus, among other outreach efforts, came the birth of the Avila Community News, which became available in both digital form and print publication. Shortly thereafter came the birth of the Avilone - a term since fondly used by me to address all Avila Beach residents. I’ll bet you’ve seen at least one of those “I’m a Proud Avilone” license plate frames attached to the vehicle of a friend or neighbor. You might imagine that I, at times, strain to write something you readers might care about. This became more acute over the past two-plus years when so many non-profit activities came to a screeching halt and have yet to return to full force. For a few years prior to the Pandemic, I was a member of the SLO County Commission on Aging and shared with you via this newsletter some of what I learned about the

issues facing the elderly, as well as the programs and agencies that deal with the aging population. The Commission was shut down for more than two years, beginning early 2020, and just got back together in July for the first time since then. The group is re-organizing and revisiting its mission and goals moving forward. They meet once a month and are looking for more volunteers to serve as “members at large.” If you have any interest in serving on the Commission, in attending any meetings as a guest, or just want to learn more about senior issues, I encourage you to visit: http:// www.slocounty.ca.gov/coa.html. The following information comes from Eric Daniels of PG&E about Public Safety Power Shutoffs Address Alerts: There is now an option for PG&E customers and non-account holders to sign up for notifications for any address they care about to stay informed about Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS). Address Alerts might be helpful if: • You want to know about a PSPS at your home, work, school, or other important location • You are a tenant and do not have a PG&E account • You need to stay informed about a PSPS affecting a friend or loved one • Multiple members of your house-

hold want to be notified. It is important to remember that if you signed up to receive these alerts prior to June 2022, you will need to re-enroll for each address, to continue receiving these notifications through June 2023. To sign up for alerts for any address that is important to you or a loved one, visit www.pge.com/ addressalert. One of the bright spots in 2021 was a new community event the “Foundation” helped support, which was developed by local Avilone Kristen McKiernan and friends. Titled the Children’s Business Fair, the event welcomed more than 30 craft booths manned by entrepreneurial youth in various age categories hoping to sell their goods to the public, and to compete for cash prizes for creativity and presentation. The event was very well attended, so much so that it is taking place again this year. Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 15, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Avila Beach Community Center. If you are looking to do some early shopping for end-of-the-year holiday gifts, this event is the place to be! Well, I have used up my allotted space, so let me end with my usual closing. That’s it for now, fellow Avilones. See you at the beach!

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A view from the beach …

Mary Foppiano

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i All — School days are just starting and we all are hopeful that we don’t end up with more pandemic surges. However,

with the way things are going, we can just continue to vaccinate and wear masks indoors…or not, depending on your beliefs. Due to the concern of our residents and SLO County businesses, we have made the decision to postpone our Avila Apple Festival until late next spring. At that time, we anticipate making some changes to our event to make it more fun for everyone. We might even make it a festival including several of our local nonprofit organizations. If you would like to get involved in helping us to enhance this event, please give me a

call at 805-627-1997 or avilabeachcc@ gmail.com. Julie Andrews-Scott is teaching her Cuesta Emeritus Healthy Cooking classes every Thursday through October 13, from 1 to 3 p.m. for the new semester at the Avila Beach Community Center. You can come to Julie’s class to register or contact Everardo Vences-Gonzalez at Everardo_vencesgonza@cuesta.edu. Call (805) 592-9096 for more details. Unfortunately, Cuesta does not have a yoga teacher for the fall but, we are all hopeful, that they will have one starting in January 2023.

San Luis Obispo County District 3 Supervisor Dawn Ortiz-Legg will continue hosting her office hours in our office on the first Thursday of the month from 1 to 3 p.m. beginning September 1 through the end of the year. This is your opportunity to discuss important issues with Supervisor Ortiz-Legg. Last month, my Community Spotlight focused on Patricia Martin and the I Must Be a Mermaid Community Project 2022. Her correct email address is: patwovem@gmail.com. Please follow up with her on this important project.

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Community Spotlight: Shirley Goetz By MARY FOPPIANO For Avila Beach Life

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any of you in Avila Beach know Shirley Goetz. She was instrumental in the naming of Avila Beach as a Bird Sanctuary and her protection of swallows. Shortly after I became the Executive Director of the Avila Beach Civic Association, I met Shirley as she was educating us on the protection of swallows nesting habits and our need to install netting under the eaves of the Foundation. We installed the netting and have been able to protect the swallows as well as the people who come to the Post Office and Center from “little surprises” falling on them. Shirley was a volunteer with the Pacific Wildlife Care organization and was concerned about the number of calls they received regarding birds tangled in fishing line. She thought, “what can I do to make this happen less?” She determined that the collection and removal of the dangerous fishing line. She served on the PSL Ad-Hoc committee for the remodel of the fish cleaning station, which seemed to also help. After seven years, Shirley is retiring as a volunteer for the Monofilament Recycling Program at Port San Luis. She is hoping to find a replacement volunteer in the Avila Beach area to take over for her in late October 2022. She says the responsibilities include

Shirley Goetz shows a monofilament recycling tube, where fishing line can be properly recycled.

Shirley receives a Resolution of Appreciation award from Port San Luis Harbor Commissioners for her volunteerism efforts. Contributed photos.

emptying the tubes twice each month and removing trash and debris from the fishing line. Shirley is willing to show the new volunteer how the procedure is handled and says that it is basically simple and easy. Reports are made yearly to the Port San Luis Harbor District and Vivian Matuk at the California Coastal Commission. Over the years, Shirley has received several acknowledgments for volunteering and a Resolution of Appreciation from the Port San Luis Harbor Commissioners to thank her for her volunteerism. If you are interested in learning more about this program, you may contact Shirley at Fishing lines are collected and removed from recycling tubes in Avila Beach to protect local wildlife. mail.abbs@gmail.com.

FURRY SPOTLIGHT

Pepper is the Pet of the Month! By MARY FOPPIANO

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om and Alice Payne adopted their Pepper kitty from Second Chance in Booneville, MO, when they lived in Columbia. Pepper traveled back and forth with them while visiting their place here in Pelican Point. Tom often says that she has more frequent flyer miles than most people. Pepper kitty has been a constant companion to them, going

on walks, eagerly following and joining them when they visit neighbors, joining them for breakfast, and more. Since Alice has joined Sydney Creek Alzheimer’s community, Pepper has become Tom’s ever-present companion, comforting him through the day and cuddling him asleep at night… and she really enjoys her visits to see Alice whenever possible!

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Please send your pictures and a short paragraph about your pet to avilabeachcc@gmail.com Thanks, and introduce us to your furry friend next month!


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Homecoming: Widow of Former Lighthouse Officer Returns to Port San Luis kathy mastako

Board Of Directors Point San Luis Lighthouse Keeper

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n July 2022, Dottie Orford, 90 years young, came back to Point San Luis. Her return had been a long time coming. Dottie, her husband Richard Andrew “Dick” Orford, and their four young children had lived at the light station 66 years earlier. Dick had relieved Nels A. Howe as officer-in-charge. Howe was retiring from the Coast Guard after 24 years of service; he had been assigned to Point San Luis only temporarily. The Orfords’ sojourn at the light station had occurred during the early years of their marriage. Seventeen-yearold Dottie married 19-year-old Dick in 1949, two years after his Coast Guard enlistment. Children followed quickly: Kenneth in 1950, Hal in 1952, and Vicky in 1954 just before they arrived at the light station. Their youngest, Richard Jr., was born in 1956 while they were living there. The Orfords lived in the left (west) side of the Victorian duplex, built in 1890. When they moved in, there was a large dining set in the dining room, a couch and chairs in the living room, and a small table in the kitchen —furnishings provided by the military. Upstairs were three bedrooms. While there was a second-story balcony that straddled the two sides of the duplex, Dottie does not recall that it was ever used. “It was for decoration only,” she believed. But the view out the windows and from their front porch was “terrific.” She loved watching the tankers sailing to and from the nearly Union Oil pier, ships riding high out of the water when they were empty, or very low in the water when they were fully loaded with fuel. Dottie recalled that when Coast Guard technicians came to the station to work on the electrical equipment or phone lines, they would sleep in the old Keeper’s dwelling, which was otherwise unoccupied. She did not remember whether the dwelling was furnished, but thought it was in good condition. Her husband would have people go inside to dust every once in a while. Big shopping was done in San Luis Obispo; small shopping at the general store in Avila, “a cute little town,” she said. “The people who ran the store were very nice.” Before her son was born, she purchased a baby bassinet from the store’s owners. (Most likely the general store was the Avila Grocery,

Dottie recalled, run at the time by Harold and Nadine Martin.) Abalone were plentiful at the time and so delicious to eat, Dottie remembered; it was easy to harvest big ones at a low or minus tide. The Orfords had a good time socializing with the other people stationed at Point San Luis during their two-year stint, including Lucky and Del Jackson, William B. A. “Tex” Plemons, Richard and Moana Newcomb, and Ron and Sandy Stuart. Everyone was very friendly, Dottie recalled. Plemons, a single guy at the time, often ate with the Orfords; “he was part of our family, and like an older brother to our kids,” Dottie said. When their own extended family came for visits, “they were all enthralled because they were coming to the lighthouse.” Asked about animals at the light station, Dottie remembered the piglet her husband bought for the kids because he thought they needed a pet. Unfortunately, it got loose on rancher Marre’s property. By the time it was found, the pig was a pretty good size. “Mr. Marre shot it, cut it up, and brought it down to us,” Dottie said. Bob Marre (grandson of the original landowner Luigi Marre) and his wife lived on the ranch with their two children. The only road in and out was on the Marre ranch. “You’d have to get permission to come through,” Dottie said. However, Marre’s wife Imogene hosted Dottie and Dick when they left the hospital after their son was born. “We stayed at the ranch and had lunch when we brought the new baby back because the tide was out and the boat couldn’t cross from Avila to the light station,” she recalled. The relationship between the Marre family and the Coast Guard was very cordial, Dottie recalled. “After hours, Dick would go out and help Mr. Marre round up the cattle that he ran in the fields.” When the Orfords’ oldest child Kenneth was kindergarten age, the family transferred. To get their son to school, they would have had to go by trail or boat. The trail was steep and too dangerous; taking Kenneth to school and back by boat each day wasn’t very practical. So in the fall of 1956, Orford was assigned to a lightship; Dottie and the children moved to Albany, where they had a home. Dick retired from the military in 1967 as a chief boatswain’s mate, after 20 years of Coast Guard service. Following his retirement, the family moved

The Orfords in front of their quarters in the Victorian duplex, 1956. (Back row, left) Dick’s mother Joy Hearn, Dottie, and Dick. (Front row, left) Richard Jr., Kenneth, Vicky, and Hal. Photo courtesy of Dottie Orford.

The Victorian duplex circa 1955. Photo courtesy of Lucky Jackson.

Dottie Orford with the Fresnel lens, July 2022. When Dottie and her family were stationed at Point San Luis, the Fresnel lens was the lighthouse beacon. Photo courtesy of Bob Mihelic.

to Marysville, Washington, where Dick worked in construction, eventually starting his own business building custom homes. He retired again in 1990, after which Dottie and Dick took time to travel. After spending two winters in Arizona, they decided to make it their home. Dick passed away in 2008. Dottie’s return to Point San Luis

— after 66 years — was bittersweet. While she was delighted to see the light station again, and fondly remembered the Keeper’s dwelling, the light tower, the Fresnel lens, and the breathtaking views, she felt a certain sadness too. No trace remained of her long-ago home, which had held so many memories. The Victorian duplex was destroyed by the Coast Guard four years after she left.


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BOB JONES TRAIL

Feet, Wheels, Paws, and Rangers By BETTY HARTIG For Avila Beach Life

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usy trail ahead! Passing signals and bike bells advised. On average, over 1,000 people bike, walk, jog, or run the Bob Jones Pathway daily. That number goes relatively higher depending on the month and day of the week. Sunday is the busiest day of the week as pedestrians, and cyclists line the trail from end to end. July is typically the most bustling month of the year. During summer and holidays, many of those trekkers are vacationers. The Bob Jones Pathway is in Avila Beach, which has a mere population of approximately 1,660. Keeping that number in mind, it is safe to say a great deal of trail users are from out of town. Where do these outdoor enthusiasts come from? San Luis Obispo County, Santa Barbara County, Fresno County, Kern County, Southern California, as well as Northern California. People visit from various states, and prior to COVID we had a fair amount from other countries too. At times the path can resemble Highway 101, but instead of vehicles, bikers and walkers are maneuvering around each other. Its diversity is amazing, little tykes to octogenarians. It is not unusual to see a cluster of Cal Poly students taking notes on birds, creek health, or other sectors of

the ecosystem. Photographers and birders frequent the trail with binoculars and high-powered photography equipment in tow. During summer Junior Lifeguards use the path as a transportation route to Avila Beach. We must not forget four-legged friends that accompany their owners. Plenty of paws exercise on the pathway. The Bob Jones Pathway was completed and dedicated to the County in 1993. The trail is managed and maintained by San Luis Obispo County Parks. Chances are high that trail users have seen a brown and green uniformed ranger on the pathway. County Park rangers diligently do a wide range of tasks, such as providing nature walks and talks, removing fallen trees, pruning encroaching branches, emptying refuse containers, and keeping bathrooms clean and supplied. The list can go on and on. You get the picture; rangers do a variety of things to keep the trail well maintained, welcoming, safe, and enjoyable for all to use. In Avila rangers also service Avila Beach Park and promenade. Lush park grass is kept groomed, play areas and basketball courts are in tip-top shape thanks to rangers. A typical ranger workday depends on the season; understandably, during summer months, there are lots of activities; therefore, rangers are busy making sure people stay safe by monitoring visitor use. One

SEPTEMBER

CALENDAR of EVENTS

*Due to COVID-19 all events are tentative and dates are subject to change. Please call ahead or check online for more details.

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SAN LUIS OBISPO SYMPHONY POPS-BY -THE-SEA

AVOCADO AND MARGARITA FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL

AVILA BEACH GOLF RESORT

TIDELANDS PARK, 339 EMBARCADERO

Gates will be open at 2:45PM and music will begin at 4PM The San Luis Obispo Symphony will be celebrating their 60th year. For more info and to purchase tickets visit slosymphony.org or call 805-356-1438

Sept. 9: 3PM – 9PM | Sept. 10: 8AM – 6:30PM Enjoy avocado dishes and margaritas, beer and wine, and a farmers market-style area with avocados for sale, foodie provisions, boutique retail & live music. For more info and to purchase tickets visit morrochamber.org

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POINT SAN LUIS SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

SHERIFF’S FAMILY DAY 10AM – 3PM Sheriff’s Family day is a free event to entertain and educate the public on the positive role that our local law enforcement and safety personnel play in our community.

For more info and to purchase tickets visit pointsanluislighthouse.org Band Line Up Includes: Sept 10: Damon Castillo Band Sept 24: Unfinished Business

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thing is for sure rangers must be adaptable, they may report to work with an agenda, but things can change when a need arises. In general County, rangers appreciate their assignment locations. A high percentage of work time is spent in an outdoor setting, amongst trees, lakes, or the ocean. During winter, rangers concentrate more on maintenance projects and rehabilitation of areas that will be heavily used by guests during spring and summer. Ongoing drought conditions places a focus on working to protect natural resources from fire. Therefore, greater emphasis is spent urging individuals to use fire safe practices, particularly at county campgrounds. A favorite thing for rangers

2022 Avila Beach Children’s Business Fair (Free and Open to the Public)

What:

Kids develop a brand, create a product or service, build a marketing strategy and then open for business in this one-day marketplace.

Experience young minds marketing, selling, counting money and feeling accomplished! Come be a shopper and help Avila Beach’s young entrepreneurs launch their businesses! They keep all the profits!

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A ranger gives a report about the area. Contributed photo.

to do is to provide information about nature and history of an area. Sharing knowledge is a gratifying part of their everyday routine. Interpretive talks open people’s eyes to learn fuarther about nature, natural resources, and heritage. Visitors gain an awareness that, in turn, creates greater effort to preserve open spaces. Never hesitate to ask a ranger a question; it is an excellent way to learn about the environment. Rangers are skilled in a variety of domains, frequently obtaining degrees in environmental and recreational study. Many specialize in a specific area, such as fish, marine life, early history, avian identification, flora, and fauna. Those who are based near lakes are often EMT trained, and of course, rangers are certified in first aid. County rangers maintain quite a few San Luis Obispo County trails in numerous parks and recreation areas. However, the Bob Jones Pathway in Avila Beach is the most frequented and well-known. It is centrally located, very inviting, and user-friendly. All in all, County Park rangers are a big plus for Avila Beach. Rangers contribute to awareness and care of the natural surroundings in Avila Valley. Together we can strive to protect our precious resources and wildlife. The next time you see a ranger, give them an appreciative wave of thanks for maintaining our beloved coastal treasures.

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SEPTEMBER 2022 — Avila Beach Life | 7

GRAPEVINE

John Salisbury contributor

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e have pretty well gone over the main sources of renewable energ y and their problems, including windmills, solar, batteries for Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs), busting up the earth’s crust for rare minerals, and all the fossil fuels needed to mine, transport, build, and run them. Adding to that are the short life spans, the need for erratically available sun and wind for these technologies to be able to count on that is the main emphasis of the present “green push” to be emission-free in a few decades. Those sources have a place, but are not homegrown and are controlled by countries that don’t like us and use forced child and convict labor that puts us at a huge disadvantage for a dependable supply chain; plus, the “out of sight, out of mind” moral labor guilt is hardly the panacea for accomplishing the goal on their own. The last article was dedicated mostly to nuclear power, which is getting close to being recognized as the best major solution, especially with the new generation plants that are being developed. Some ideas to add to the mix were discussed in the Wall Street Journal in an article by Aylin Woodward and Kevin Hand on how innovations may transform the way we work, live, and play. Companies are moving to come up with novel ways to get to a net-zero emission. Air: One such enterprise by a

Norwegian company, Wind Catching Systems, is building a 1,000-foot stacked structure, over three times as tall as the Statue of Liberty, with 126 turbines harvesting the ocean winds. The 15-megawatt (MW ) wind turbine, 1 megawatt will provide electricity for 125 U.S. homes, will sit on a floating platform anchored some 50 miles offshore and turn 360 degrees to catch the wind from any direction and send the generated energy to shore via transmission lines. One unit can in one-fifth the space generate five times more energy than the equivalent typical offshore wind farm. Kite Power: A German-based company, Skysails Group, is designing kites to replace diesel generators in remote villages and islands that are not connected to the grid. These flight-controlled pod kites are raised a quarter mile into the sky using a motor that pulls on the lines connected to the kite to steer it. As the kite rises, it unwinds the tether connected to a winch and a generator which then converts the force on the tether into electricity. The controlled kite will then fly in figure eight patterns that increase the kite’s pulling force performance to the max producing more energy yield. Water: Turbines placed underwater can harness the natural rise and fall of the ocean tide. The kinetic energy from the tidal action generates the electricity, but placed on the ocean floor is expensive and hard to maintain. Orbital Marine Power, a Scottish company, has designed the Orbital 2, a 236-foot-long floating tidal turbine that is anchored offshore near Northern Scotland’s Orkney Islands connected to a subsea cable to the nearby grid. It has two-pronged rotors around 65 feet each in diameter connected to two legs that sink into the waves. It can power 2,000 U.K. homes and offset over 2,400 tons of carbon annually.

A Swedish company founded in Israel, Eco Wave Power Ltd., has designed 10-foot-long floats attached to marine structures like piers and jetties. The rising and falling of the floats from the waves need only two feet of water to generate electricity. If the waves are too rough, they lock up above the water line. They installed a 100-kilowatt system in Gibraltar in 2016 now being refurbished and sent soon to Los Angeles. These tide turbines sound like good fits to place on the big offshore windmills to be built out of Morro Bay. Earth: There are over 60 geothermal plants in the U.S. producing four gigawatts and powering more than 1 million homes, but they are concentrated in California and Nevada. The problem is that drillers need to find places or techniques in other parts of the country. The U.S. Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill passed last year has allocated $85 million for enhanced geothermal plants. These plants plan to inject hot, dry rocks with high-pressure water from the surface, cracking the rock and allowing the plant to collect the hot water for direct heat or converting it into energy. This sounds like the dreaded "fracking," but since it's not for oil, it will be readily accepted by the greenie crowd. Sun: Space-based solar is being designed to wirelessly beam microwaves or laser beams from orbiting satellites to receiving stations on Earth and onto the electric grid. The sun’s power, because of weather, seasonal changes, and nighttime hours, can only be harnessed intermittently worldwide around an average of 15 percent from the ground; whereas, from outer space, the sun shines 99.95 percent of the time. Former NASA scientist John Mankins, president of Mankins Space Technology, has a company developing a 1-mile solar power satellite prototype using microwave beaming. Our

California Institute of Technology is working on prototypes that can transfer solar power with a steerable microwave beam by the end of this year. All of these projects are going to just be a part of the goal of net-zero emissions, if such a thing is possible, but they are mostly being done by us and our allies and will help us not be so dependent, like we are stuck now for solar and windmills, on “them” other not-so-friendly countries. At the time of this writing, the so-called Inflation Reduction Act has just passed but has not been signed yet with only a few details on who, what, where, when, and how the money is to be spent on climate change projects. We gotta pass it before we know what is in it, which I guess is still the normal routine. There is some mention of nuclear, which is hopeful, and hydrogen which we will discuss next month.

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