Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Big Power, Meet the Skeptics;
What Biology Can Teach Politicians

The Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal -- CSICOP -- publishes the Skeptical Inquirer magazine.  In January, they published an article about the electrical power industry.  Although this is not their usual bailiwick, it is a valid topic: the authors present a skeptical look at some of the fundamental assumptions made by the Industry, and present a credible case for skepticism. 

In this post, I review the arguments for promoting the decentralized production of electrical power.  I also examine the case for deregulation.  While the authors make a good case for the engineering aspects of their proposition, I find that their policy recommendations are faulty.  This is not because they do not understand civil engineering; it is because they don't understand biological systems.  Continue reading here.