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Comment: The US is not the pollution bad guy (Score 1) 381

by magarity (#47418187) Attached to: Blueprints For Taming the Climate Crisis

I just got back from Shanghai where the pollution haze limits visibility to a couple of miles. In Beijing it's down to a few hundred yards most days. Let me know how the relative climate impact of electric cars in the US vs the economic impact and compare with the climate impact of 1/3 of all cars sold worldwide being in China in 5 or 6 years from now and I bet almost all of them will be gasoline powered. The international economic competitive impact to all electric in the US would be huge compared to the relative environmental impact.

Comment: Re:Death sentence (Score 1) 255

by magarity (#46950725) Attached to: Melbourne Uber Drivers Slapped With $1700 Fines; Service Shuts Down

Those aren't unreasonable demands of someone wanting to carry passengers for hire. They are checks that pretty much the entire Western world has come up with after numerous problems with unsafe, uninsured and unsavoury taxi drivers.

The problem is not that these are unreasonable demands, but that the entrenched taxi companies protect their monopolies with extremely onerous or even impossible licensing processes with the help of the government. It should be quick, easy, and inexpensive for anyone with a vehicle who wants to make some extra money via this type of service to show that they have insurance, a valid driver's license and a safety inspection any service station can do in 30 minutes. The overal state of the economy and people needing to make some income by being creative with things they already have (like a car) should be more important to society than protecting the local established taxi monopoly.

The only problem with being a man of leisure is that you can never stop and take a rest.