Regulatory capture can and does happen but is not a rule so much as it is a possibility.
Yet pop the astronomy books that I read my children are full of moons being captured. I've never gotten that.
Per facility is not really useful, you really need to know the cost per beer. i.e. if a facility makes 13 billion cans of beer in a year, $13 million is a 0.001$ increase per can--yawn.
You might want to add, "I am not an economist but..." before you write these things. "which may mean lower profits, leading to reduced employment" is as ridiculous as saying that adding a powered usb port will draw less power from your CPU and speed computation.
We have no idea what this will do for employment, there's simply too much going on. Increasing beer prices ever so slightly (I doubt this adds more than a cent or two per can, but whatever) would decrease beer consumption (also ever so slightly) and might increase productivity in other industries. Also, increasing food safety could decrease time off economy wide. It's impossible to know. But I doubt any effect would be large.
Military pensions are not included in the line you are pointing to. They are under "defense" and then "veterans." The line you are pointing to is for Social Security.
I am an economist and I'd say you did a pretty good job at a couple tough concepts there.
Uh, yeah. Since Hoover ran amok with the FBI and did sort of what you think the USG does, data use in the USG is pretty tightly regulated both in terms of what data can be used for and how it can be shared across agencies. I'd bet that if you asked the people working with this data if they could share it with another agency (for any purpose) they'd tell you it would be criminal for them to do so.
Uh, if the company doesn't track your financial records, how will they send you the bill?
There is a wind energy system that uses the wind energy to compress gasses in underground structures and then uses that gas to burn a natural gas system much more efficiently. I don't have all the specs, but they were building one in Iowa 10 years ago when I last checked.
Inefficiency for electricity is creating heat, so if you want a heater, you're just creating heat in a spot that you're not calling the heater.
I think the HDD draws a lot more than all the LEDs in my house.
It depends on what you run on it. LEDs wouldn't require that much of a load. This isn't a server farm with racks for 1 kW servers, it's a house.
AC isn't really any safer than DC. The one advantage is the brief drops to 0 V that can allow you to remove yourself from the wire--but at 60 Hz you have to be pretty quick to take advantage of that.
So, if 12 volt is so difficult to move, how does the dinkiest little wire get all that power to my hard drive that gets so hot I could heat my lunch on it?
Who can generate electricity at 100% efficiency? Electric is 100% efficient only if you ignore the inefficiency that comes before it enters your house.