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Comment: Re:Still pretty affordable (Score 1) 391

by mspohr (#47931381) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

Electricity costs much less than the cost of gas.
Electric cars use about 250 wh to go one mile. This costs about 3 cents at 12 cents/kwh (my cost of electricity in California is about 10 cents/kwh).
A gas car at 25 mpg and $4.00/ gal costs 16 cents to go one mile.
It's just math. 3 cents is less than 16 cents.
Looks like a big cost saving to me... the HOV lane, etc. are just added perks.

Comment: Re:Steam to extract oil that shouldn't be... (Score 2) 82

by mspohr (#47904673) Attached to: Solar Powered Technology Enhances Oil Recovery

Thanks for this clear and reasonable reply.
Clearly you don't just stop the flow of fossil fuel without having a replacement source.
The credible way out of the problem of burning fossil fuels is to replace as many energy sources as possible with renewables (wind, solar, geothermal, hydro, etc.). This will cost money and there need to be strong market signals to accelerate the change. Something like a carbon tax with the proceeds going to develop renewable resources would work (for some value of $tax and $subsidy).
The problem is political (mainly in the US) where the corporations which count fossil fuels and fossil fuel infrastructure as "assets" are able to corrupt the political process to prevent the necessary incentives from being put in place. I fear that it is already too late since we are now experiencing the effects of climate change and it will get much worse going forward. However, any reduction in CO2 now will help in the future.

Comment: Re:Steam to extract oil that shouldn't be... (Score 1) 82

by mspohr (#47903789) Attached to: Solar Powered Technology Enhances Oil Recovery

It reduces the CO2 footprint of the oil by reducing how many fossil fuels are needed to extract it. You can't just "Stop using oil" that's not possible, even remotely. So get over.

Even reducing the CO2 cost of extraction, this oil is very dirty and produces more CO2.
Yes, it's hard to stop using oil but not impossible....
"So get over."... ?

Comment: Re:Steam to extract oil that shouldn't be... (Score 1) 82

by mspohr (#47903767) Attached to: Solar Powered Technology Enhances Oil Recovery

"With present technology, the extraction and refining of heavy oils and oil sands generates as much as three times the total CO2 emissions compared to conventional oil."

This isn't present technology, this is future technology. In other words you are using old data to tarnish the image of an improved technology, let me call you a green liar maybe even a green troll.

This does help with reducing the CO2 impact of extraction but not of transport and refining... so still should leave this oil in the ground.
The rest of your post is gibberish so I can't respond.

Comment: Steam to extract oil that shouldn't be... (Score 4, Insightful) 82

by mspohr (#47903537) Attached to: Solar Powered Technology Enhances Oil Recovery

This is a good example of greenwashing.
They're using solar steam generators to extract heavy crude oil and tar sands. This oil is difficult to extract and environmentally costly to refine.
From Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H...
"With present technology, the extraction and refining of heavy oils and oil sands generates as much as three times the total CO2 emissions compared to conventional oil."
This oil should probably be left in the ground.

Comment: Re:I can explain the failure[s] (Score 1) 182

by mspohr (#47897211) Attached to: The MOOC Revolution That Wasn't

Well I have a theory. I has help up in all circumstances I have observed over the few decades I have spent as a tax paying citizen.

When things are free, expected outcomes, which would generally benefit subject populations never materialize..."

Ah, yes... the good old protestant work ethic... we must suffer and sacrifice...
I guess that "free" (tax paid) libraries, fire protection, police service, roads, etc. just don't work.

I have a few examples:

1: Collapse of the Canadian cod fishery industry

Tragedy of the commons. This is greed. Nothing to do with an infinite resource (bandwidth).

2: The extreme stress experienced by the so called "socialist" medical care system wherever it can be found. Result will be failure inevitably.

I have heard the stories about the failure of European health care systems... they manage to deliver better health outcomes at half the cost of our system (But I'm sure they are about to collapse...)

3: The obvious poor quality elementary and post elementary pupils western countries produce compared to kids from the Asian subcontinent where monies paid by hard-working parents, or even students themselves.

"Obvious" to no one but you.

4: Hunger in some so called underdeveloped countries where starvation is obvious in the midst of lush green vegetation.

Let them eat leaves!

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