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Comment: Re:What about range on this smaller car? (Score 1) 247

by blind monkey 3 (#47385835) Attached to: Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E
There is also the possibility of charging your car at work, friends/relatives houses... this could introduce the problem of power theft.

It also doesn't appear to be too far off for the use of a car as energy storage for a house - The Nissan Leaf is offering that option already although I'm not sure if it could cope with our western home requirements although the Tesla battery should be able to manage a couple of houses over night. A new business model - selling power to your neighbours?

Long distance travel is the only real weakness as you've pointed out. You really wouldn't want to miss a charging station - I suppose it may be possible to ask any residence if they were willing to let you charge your car (for a fee).

Comment: Re:Another misconception bites the dust (Score 1) 365

by blind monkey 3 (#47343563) Attached to: Germany's Glut of Electricity Causing Prices To Plummet

In what year is it predicted that Germany will generate fewer kWh of power from coal than it did in, say, 2005? Will we have to wait until 2050 or something for this long-promised decrease?

This might interest you:
http://energytransition.de/201...
I would have thought Germany would have been better off closing the coal plants first and then phasing out nuclear but it appears to be a popular choice (still). I guess they weren't impress by things like:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A...

In 1979 a report on the stability of the pit building was released by a working group under the leadership of HH Juergens which describes the now imminent scenario of uncontrolled inflow from the capping mass in the southern flank resulting in the subsequent loss of the load carrying capacity. The manager of Asse II in 1979 and his advisers categorised this report as "unscientific" and declared that there were no stability problems.

Now they have problems....
Trust is low I guess.

It's interesting that France is going to scale down it's nuclear generation and replace to capacity with renewables - cost reasons.

Comment: Re:Rich, white hypocrites? Say it aint so!!! (Score 1) 317

by blind monkey 3 (#46327293) Attached to: Exxon Mobile CEO Sues To Stop Fracking Near His Texas Ranch
It appears to me that Mr Tillerson believes having infrastructure needed for fracking near his property will affect his quality of life. The increase in water storage is directly related to the fracking requirements.
The lawsuit explicitly states that

BWSC will sell water to oil and gas explorers for fracing shale formations leading to traffic with heavy trucks on FM407, creating a noise nuisance and traffic hazards.

. People will be inconvenienced by the fracking. Mr Tillerson doesn't want to be in that group.

Comment: Re:Fucking rednecks (Score 1) 1030

by blind monkey 3 (#45496159) Attached to: A War Over Solar Power Is Raging Within the GOP
sounds like a genuine question.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energy_subsidies#Allocation_of_subsidies_in_the_United_States
OECD summary: http://www.oecd.org/site/tadffss/USA.pdf
OECD page for all countries with links to data: http://www.oecd.org/site/tadffss/

The biggest "subsidy" to the oil industry imo is the amount spent protecting oil and gas pipe lines and shipping lanes.

Comment: Re:Aus Labor Party is anything but democratic (Score 4, Insightful) 96

Mate, the ballot paper looks like an Asian grocery shelf and you complain about the lack of choice?

More like a restaurant with a huge menu of delicious dishes to choose from. You can order what ever you want but you always get either sweet and sour pork or beef in black bean sauce served to you - both come with special fried rice.

Comment: Re: Not a restart, Not a safety decision, lets not (Score 1) 72

Where did you read that? All the articles I've read say the same thing :One link:

The regulators acted after finding the operator had missed checkups on about 10,000 pieces of equipment. The Nuclear Regulation Authority requested that Japan's science ministry urge the operator to comply.

If you read anything different, a link would be appreciated.

If money can't buy happiness, I guess you'll just have to rent it.

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