September 15, 2016 § Leave a comment
In case you were wondering, Florida hasn’t started offering free guacamole to beachgoers, says resident Neil G. Pansey. The thick, green sludge often spotted along coastal shorelines is due to a toxic algae coming from inland bodies of water.
According to Neil G. Pansey, there have been eight separate incidences of visible cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, marring the Sunshine State’s waterways since 2004. In fact, the algal blooms in 2013 were so bad that visitors and residents alike started referring to that year’s tourist season as “The Toxic Summer.” This year, Florida has declared a state of emergency in four separate counties due to toxic sludge. It is responsible for the death of at least one manatee and made numerous people sick.
Neil G. Pansey says some areas are in the middle of their fourth algal bloom outbreak of the season and that conditions are so bad it is affecting Florida’s biggest source of income–tourism. Unfortunately, many experts believe that cyanobacteria, which is now visible from space, may become the new norm for South Florida’s beaches.
September 1, 2010 § Leave a comment
Engineer Neil G. Pansey believes that his position in a public electric company offers a unique perspective on America’s future power needs. When a population increases by over 13 percent in a decade, as it did in the U.S. between 1990 and 2000, the ramifications on power needs are obvious, asserts Neil G. Pansey.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of the United States should stand at some 392 million by the year 2050, Neil G. Pansey reports. That is an increase of over half, adds Neil G. Pansey, of the nation’s population size in 1990. If this population projection does come about, Neil G. Pansey asserts that the move to energy efficiency and green energy should be stepped up.
Neil G. Pansey acknowledges that transportation officials and the auto industry worldwide have long been working on reducing power-guzzling cars and buses and include energy-efficient vehicles and transport systems. One idea is from Japan, says Neil G. Pansey. It is a bus that runs on street rails, explains Neil G. Pansey, but passengers ride high above road traffic, making good use of vertical space.
In Colorado, Neil G. Pansey says there’s a plan for a sort of high-speed flying tram that carries not just passengers, but their cars too, above the ground traffic. Neil G. Pansey confirms that both systems, in Denver and Tokyo, are designed to use wind and solar energy. Even if it’s a partial use of alternate energy sources, points out Neil G. Pansey, there will be a corresponding reduction in demands on traditional power sources.
Neil G. Pansey wonders how the aging of America’s population will impact future power needs too. It’s been established, says Neil G. Pansey, that a full quarter of the people living in the U.S. will be 65 years of age or over by the year 2030. The power requirements for increased number of hospitals, nursing homes and long-term care facilities, should be planned for now, believes Neil G. Pansey.
According to Neil G. Pansey, this planning for future user behavior will insure the development of alternate power sources and the achievement of enhanced system efficiency.
August 24, 2010 § Leave a comment
Neil G. Pansey recommends fuel efficient cars for a variety of reasons. From the perspective of an engineer in a public electric company, Neil G. Pansey is perhaps more keenly aware than many as to how crucial it is to reduce power demand.
Reducing power demands can be accomplished by engineers like Neil G. Pansey who design and redesign more efficient power systems and machines. Neil G. Pansey also believes that consumers can make a positive difference as well, simply by choosing to buy products such as fuel-efficient cars.
What the individual consumer looks at when buying a fuel efficient car is mainly the savings that purchase will bring with respect to spending less on gas money, says Neil G. Pansey. While that’s very true, with cars like the 2008 smart fortwo delivering 40 miles per gallon on the highway, admits Neil G. Pansey, that’s certainly no longer the only advantage of fuel efficiency.
With less fuel being used, there’s less pollution emitted, Neil G. Pansey points out. Lower emissions of carbon dioxide means less smog in our cities, which in turn, says Neil G. Pansey, can result in a healthier population. Less pollution translates to better general health, which may result in less strain on health care systems, believes Neil G. Pansey. Better general health, continues Neil G. Pansey, can even affect the nation’s bottom line and productivity through less sick leave.
Even personal vacation time (and thus mental health) can be benefited if this country’s drivers drove fuel efficient cars, Neil G. Pansey asserts. The overall better health plus extra cash through gas savings already noted means that long-distance car travel could be afforded and enjoyed by more people, says Neil G. Pansey.
Neil G. Pansey admits that this scenario of benefits linked back to one lifestyle modification is obviously simplistic. On the other hand, says Neil G. Pansey, individual choices and actions are known to have ripple effects. Thus, as more individuals choose green products, such as fuel efficient cars, Neil G. Pansey believes that the beneficial effects on the environment will change from ripple to tidal wave proportions.