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Comment: Re:Joule vs. kWh sperglording (Score 1) 299

by TechyImmigrant (#49599421) Attached to: Tesla To Announce Battery-Based Energy Storage For Homes

So are you willing to pay for all electric utility companies to replace meters that read out in kWh with meters that read out in joules, at the same time for all customers in order to satisfy franchise regulations that require a city-wide (or larger) uniform rate?

Engineers use SI units to avoid stupid errors that have bad effects, like certain satellites falling out of the sky.

If we stick to the internationally standardized units, it will be easier to compare energy and power with other instances of measurements of energy and power.

Comment: Re:Seems he has more of a clue (Score 1) 700

by tbannist (#49593769) Attached to: Pope Attacked By Climate Change Skeptics

We might cut the future increases, but cutting to half of current levels? I don't see that happening, you'd need FAR more than a carbon tax to make that happen.

The modest carbon tax in British Columbia has cut emissions in that province by 16% while emissions grew in the rest of Canada by 3% (a rate that likely would have grown higher still if Ontario and Quebec weren't also working to reduce emissions). A carbon tax, by itself, might not reach a 50% reduction, but it could spur changes in consumer behavior. For instance, now that gas prices have fallen again, sales of SUVs are increasing again after declining during our last period of high prices. That's probably a missed opportunity to reduce emissions.

Without a carbon tax, the United States is aiming at (and currently looks like it will hit) a target of 20% below 2005 levels. If a carbon tax had been added to the policy, the United States might have been able to hit 40% below 2005 levels, which is not that far from 50%.

Comment: Re: I like this guy but... (Score 2) 437

by tbannist (#49593337) Attached to: Rand Paul Moves To Block New "Net Neutrality" Rules

The problem arises when 95% of the population is fooled into voting for a single party with two wings, both of which are working against them.

Frankly, I doubt you understand politics. Despite your claims the parties are different entities although with very similar goals (power and control). In some areas, the policies of the parties are indistinguishable because they are appealing to same people for funding and trying to get same people to vote for them. Both parties need a majority of votes to win so they are by necessity fighting over the same people in the American center.

Frankly, in the current American system, large differences are not sustainable because if the difference loses votes, it will be abandoned and if it gains votes it will be copied or mirrored by the other party. The American system, whether by design or by accident, generates nearly identical parties.

It's not that the parties are the same organization, because they clearly are not, it's that the American political system is so poorly designed that serving the people brings few benefits when compared to playing internal politics for advantages and begging money from sponsors to fund election campagins.

Comment: Re: I like this guy but... (Score 1) 437

by tbannist (#49587015) Attached to: Rand Paul Moves To Block New "Net Neutrality" Rules

Maybe I should have clipped the quote shorter, to make my meaning clearer. I was making an observation that every organization tries to claim power because it's human nature to seek power. Virtually everyone is part of "those who want to consolidate power in their own hands". While people seek power for different reasons, some good, some bad, there are very few people who want to be powerless.

So by my reading of Dredd's claims that makes all organizations the same. I have to admit that does make for a very simple world view, which is perfect for those with very simple minds.

Comment: Re:Not sure this is deserved in this case (Score 1) 437

by tbannist (#49584903) Attached to: Rand Paul Moves To Block New "Net Neutrality" Rules

Libertarianism has never been fully implemented anywhere.

Oh, but it has in a few places, most of them last less than a year before they are destroyed by a neighbour or internal struggles. Although, I hear that the government of Honduras is fond of libertarianism, and it's working out quite well, if you are either rich and can afford your own private army, or have your own guns and want to work in a private army...

Comment: Re:Seems he has more of a clue (Score 1) 700

by tbannist (#49579579) Attached to: Pope Attacked By Climate Change Skeptics

So, those that denounce the skeptics are the ones actually being "anti-science".

I guess you must be anti-science too, since you are denouncing the people who are skeptical of the skeptics...

When you start attacking people that disagree with you, all you are left with is dogma, which is more dangerous and harmful than debating an evolving science.

So why are you attacking the people who are skeptical of the self-proclaimed skeptics?

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