I only checked the wind power section, but that one at least is getting a bit outdated. Denmark has increased the power generated by wind turbines by 2/3rds since 2006, yet the installed capacity only increased by 1/3rd. It is also wrong in the section about Denmark exporting wind power at a low price and then reimporting it at a higher cost when the wind is low. In fact Denmark gets paid a higher price for the exported wind power than it pays for the imported hydro power, because wind power is primarily produced in winter when energy demand is high in the Nordic countries and the hydro power stations are running low. Wind power has a stabilizing effect on the Nordic power system. Without it, Norway and Sweden would need to build power stations for the winter which would sit idle for most of the year.
The problem with induction generators is that they like quick rotations to get decent efficiency and power-to-weight ratio. Angular speed of wind turbines tend to decrease with size, and wind turbines are only getting larger. That means gears are necessary with induction generators, preferably nice, heavy, fragile multi-stage gearboxes.
In contrast, if you have high temperature steam available, you can spin a turbine at practically any speed you want. Thousands of RPM are not a problem.
The wind industry does have induction-based generators available, and it would not be the end of the industry if rare earths became unavailable. It would force quite a shift though, with companies heavily focused on gear technology gaining an advantage and other companies likely going bankrupt.
Why should the USPS be funded that way, and not the entire budget?
And how often do you hear of a power plant , regardless of its fuel , going completely unplanned offline?
It happens daily.
You can drive anything you want, as long as you compensate society for the harm it causes. Right now vehicles are not paying fairly for the damage they do, even in areas with more sensible taxes on fuel. I.e. right now I am paying for your choice of car, and that makes me unhappy.
As to Al Gore mentioned later, we live in a capitalistic society. That means that rich people get to do more damage to the environment and consume more resources. If you want to get away from capitalism, by all means fight for that, but fair resource allocation and mitigation of environmental damage are two distinct causes.
That is a real problem. The Raspberry is annoying in the same way, you have to recompile everything because it uses such an old ARM standard. Come on people, it really should be possible to be Pentium Pro compatible at this point.
It has useful I/O, i.e. actual ethernet and SATA and non-broken USB.
OPEC is not sitting on a sufficient fraction of the oil market to actually have much influence anymore. If they try anything, Canada will just boil some more sand.
Remember to subtract the costs of respiratory diseases, heart diseases, and general loss of welfare caused by car emissions. Fuel is taxed for a reason, it was not picked randomly.
Diesel electric on train is done to get torque conversion. Good luck designing a gearbox that can get a 1km long freight train started. Train engines would be more efficient if you could get rid of the hybrid system.
The primary advantage of a hybrid is that it gets the petrol engine running at close to maximum load at all times. Petrol engines are horribly inefficient at partial load. Diesel engines have much less of a problem with partial load, so you gain little from adding the hybrid system. They are also large, heavy and expensive, whereas what you generally want from a range extender engine is small and light and cheap.
If anything, for some plug-in hybrids it might make more sense to have a small turbine as range extenders. Fuel efficiency might suffer a bit, but mass produced it should be smaller, lighter and cheaper than the petrol engine. Of course it is difficult for anything new to beat something which has been refined as much as petrol engines.
SUV's only protect them if they drive badly at low speed. Good luck if they have to swerve around something. Luckily cars are always fitted with basic safety systems like electronic stability control, so the car is unlikely to actually roll. Oh wait, it is the US we are talking about.
Electricity is heavily taxed in England. At least I hope it is, otherwise the prices here are completely outrageous.
Methane on the other hand is rather cheap and probably not heavily taxed, but no one is driving CNG cars. Compressing it at home seems like an obvious way of avoiding fuel taxes...
Norway is probably the place in the world that has the most electric vehicles per capita.
If it is really cold, you are already plugging your gas fueled car in overnight, without the electric heating it will not start in the morning. A plugged in electric vehicle can be set to preheat the cabin, and if you time the charging so that you put the last few percent in just before leaving, you will be starting with a warm battery.
Best of all, in Sweden and Norway most electricity is hydroelectricity.
Also I'm an American, does Denmark have the right against self incrimination like we do?
Not only does Denmark have a right against self incrimination, defendants in criminal cases cannot commit perjury and do not have to swear to tell the truth. There is no doubt that he will be given the rights of an accused person.
I believe the article is wrong though, the case against him has been under preparation by the Danish police for a long time. Formal charges cannot be far away.