If the desalination is solar powered, well there's certainly some synergies being leveraged there!
It's odd how it seems like most posters are trying to find problems rather than trying to find solutions. It's almost like you don't want solar power, when 'solar' is one of the things California has so much of.
If you can setup your roof solar panels (be they solar thermal or solar PV) to follow the sun that should increase efficiency, but it might be marginal. I've also seen a lens system fitted over a solar panel that concentrates the solar radiation.
Next is to try and cut down on your power usage
Air-to-Air heat exchangers might be an option too, and certainly using heat exchangers to try and not flush your heat out might be worth a look.
EG when you have a shower the water that goes down the plughole is only a handful of degrees cooler than when it came out the shower head. Could you use a heat exchanger to take heat from the 'waste' water and pre-heat water going into your hot water cylinder?
EG If you run a clothes dryer, are you venting the air directly? Could you run that through a heat exchanger to pre-heat fresh air coming in?
Piccadilly Line next as it services Heathrow and that seems like a useful target for (approaching) a 24hr service.
Line by line will take some time and hopefully natural wastage (ie people retiring) should lessen the blow on the drivers, but they're not going to like it and make life hell for Londoners as this progresses.
Maybe the answer would be to insist on a new contract that stops them striking over anything to do with the introduction of automation. Obviously, we can't expect them to not strike when drivers are sacked for being drunk so there'd be no point trying!
[rubs chin thoughtfully] Hmmmm. I wonder if they've got an ulterior motive?
Stand by for the Tube Driver's Union holding London to ransom again
... or in a harbor in Europe.
Or a harbour in New Zealand if anyone pisses off the French!
By the time it's asked you "Do you want to allow me to potentially save your life by exceeding the local speed limit Dave?", and you've noticed the question and answered it, it could well be too late!
So let's assume you've given it permission to save your life by exceeding the speed limit, and something happens and your GoogleCar guns it and saves your life, but your vehicle is spotted and you get a ticket. Who pays?
If GoogleCar had decided the safest thing to do (for you, at least --- hmm this raises another question I'll come back to) then I'd feel somewhat aggrieved if I got a damn ticket for doing it!
PAH! 3000km! 3000 schkilometers I say! Not to menschion we don't even have any kilometers in the US anyway.
Because people who want to reduce the chance of _everyone_ getting shot by limiting firearms obviously hate freedom!
Hahahahahahahahahahahaha - man, best one yet!
So I too see ID Cards in that very "papers please" light. They are a tool that gives power to the Gov and adds nothing to the people forced to carry them. Just Say No!
Please someone upload an ultra slow motion video of the process!!!
That was the slow motion video!
Had Scargill not tried to bring down the elected government by flexing the miner's muscle maybe the scenes of violence could have been avoided, but I'll grant you that anywhere the Met (London Police) got brought in it turned nasty, but that's more a reflection of the Met than Thatcher - the Met are _still_ a little too handy with their fists (see Ian Tomlinson)