SPY (big-ass S&P 500 index ETF; click the "10y" link in the graph). The index went up 73.7% over the past 10 years and it pays about a 1.9% dividend. That's 5.7% per year compounded on the index alone plus another 1.9% dividend = 7.6% per year return over the past 10 years.
Even better, a NASDAQ ETF QQQ has returned 152% over the past 10 years with a dividend of 1.2%. This is 9.7% on the index plus 1.2% giving a total compounded annual return of 10.8%! But don't worry, you're totally brilliant for staying out of all of this.
Somebody explain to me again how private enterprise is just in every way better and more efficient than government?
Just compare the 95% of mega-corps that aren't in a bankruptcy death spiral to the 70% of governments that are.
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What the hell? There is no commercial use. Stop being dicks and release it to the public domain.
Two thousand wind turbines
... now you're talking.
Wind turbines only generate about 20% of their rated power on average, so you're going to need ten thousand instead of two thousand of them. Also, they can go for days on end generating zero power, so you'll also need to build a 4.7-GW nuclear-power plant to back them up.
We could spend billions preventing it, or we could spend trillions and trillions dealing with the effects.
More like: we could spend $trillions trying to prevent it and fail, or we could spend $billions counter-acting it and succeed. According to the alarmists, we have already unintentionally manipulated the climate twice: once with CO2 to warm it up, and again with aerosols to cool it down. We could be a lot more effective if we actually did something intentionally. Trying to limit CO2 emissions will fail because people with the power to vote will never accept a materially lower standard of living and alternative energy simply isn't practical.
Fat-ass, sanctimonius, lying, pompous hypocrite.
You forgot "rich".