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We just found out that we need visas for Taiwan. We probably should have thought about that before, but every problem is an opportunity. If we can't take care of this while we're in LA then we'll take a side trip to the Philippines or something so that we're not there for more than 30 days.

The power cord on my laptop broke the other day. I searched around Panama trying to find a replacement, but there wasn't one in sight. Right now we have a system where Todd charges batteries with his laptop and swaps them out with my dying ones. It's kind of like buddy breathing.

It seemed like we had so much time here, but all of a sudden we're leaving in two weeks. I can't believe how fast the trip has been going so far. We're just starting to feel like we're settling in. We have our routines that we go through, all of the friendly people we've gotten to know at all the places we frequent, and we even know our way around the city.

Dams (a.k.a. "Big Hydro") Alternative Energy

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Dams are one of the world's most-used sources of alternative energy. That's good from a climate change perspective. They don't release carbon dioxide. But they do cause some other environmental problems.

There's about a 1-in-7 chance that your local electric company gets its power from one. About 19% of the world's electricity right now comes from hydroelectricity. Is that good?

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On the other hand, it destroys habitats and usable land.

Is it worth it? I admit that destroying habitats it a BIG drawback. However... If we don't stop producing greenhouse gases, 90% OR MORE of the species on Earth will probably become extinct and life as we know it will end. So I'd say that if I had to choose between:

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