I doubt that Amazon has to handle a similar amount of data than the LHC. However, the rest of your statement is correct.
There is a solution to this. It is called car rental. Also there is the concept of car sharing. If you live in a city there might already be such infrastructure available.
There are huge difference between the types of car buyers. People who buy trucks and use them for work, people who buy trucks and use them as ego compensation device, people living in cities who think they need small cars, people who think they need big family cars, like vans, etc. Not all of them would go for an electric car. I assume that electric car buyers (beside Teslas) live in cities, they are rather liberal, they reflect their behavior, at least sometimes, and they like to be trendsetters. However, the same people have also access to other means of transportation, because they live in cities. Cities come with buses, trams, underground and local trains, taxis, and lately rent a bike facilities. So these people have alternatives and they use it. If the self-owned electric car shall become the norm among typical car buyers, they have to address all buyer types, but that would require to improve the technology in many ways. The more people must chance to use a new product the higher is the risk that they do not buy it.
Honestly, we should not wait for the US to figure it out. Large lobby organisations and stupid backward politicians in conjunction with a not so well-informed (guess why) will hinder any green economy and renewable energy program. Instead the EU should just develop the guts to go renewable in the next 30 years. The only problem, we have to sack all the lobbyists
It is time to stop using antibiotics in meet production at least to the extend we have to day. And it is time to invest money in antibiotics. Pharma companies have little interest in the research, as they cannot make a lot of money out of something which quickly cures you. It is more suitable for them to have chronic diseases.
I thought we are the descendants of phone disinfectors, advertisement agents, and someone searching for a soap mine.
I find the granularity of the poll very strange, because it starts of with such large amounts. The weighted average for a two person household is 2500 kWh/y including cooking with electricity. 2500 kWh/y is about 200 kWh/month + 100 kWh for the Christmas season. In our household, we consume 1049 kWh/y or 87.4 kWh/month. True we use gas for cooking and we do not own a TV. Instead we use tablets and laptops. But still wouldn't it have made more sense be more precise in the lower ranges? However, it might be that in the US people use a lot more electricity for larger fridges and air-conditioning I don't know.
Antarctica is not a single point on the south pole. Have a look at a globe and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Antarctica
While the population in Germany is strongly behind the renewable energy idea, the government never was, beside a short period of seven years including the German Green party. Since then, the renewable energy program has been attacked by the conservative party and the social-democratic party of certain federal states which are the base of large nuclear and fossil fuel power plants. So most of the achievements are based on the peoples persistence.
You can be sure that the present and the next German government will ruin the country's goal to go re-newable energy in the next four month. Furthermore, Germany is subsidizing re-newable energy at present by guaranteeing prices to producers of that energy. Of course thew public has to pay for that, but that is no different from that US program which is most likely sponsored by public or newly printed money.
Anyway, the two efforts are quite different. Germany is seeking for cheap electricity storage with a low rate on energy waste and a Pareto optimum on recycling effort and longevity.
So in short: The two projects have different goals and they are both funded somehow through public money. The main difference is that the German version gives an incentive to industry to support the effort. Also I might add, Germany is also subsidizing research in the area through direct and indirect government funding.
Well, it worked before. The British have this fabulous web-filters for content, which allow to control the delivered content. A clear censorship mechanism. They defended it with the child porn argument and the keep porn away from children argument. It worked. In Germany it did not, but they only used the child porn argument and were caught lying, about its effectiveness. and yes it was only a scheme to gain votes for the conservatives. However, Cameron that little anti-democrat tries to transform the UK in one of Orwell's fantasies to finally abolish any opposition to his classistic view of the world. Poor Britain.
They already do that by not maintaining the roads, resulting in slower velocities reducing accidents or at least the severity of accidents.
I guess Iceland is not spying on its population. As it is not really necessary on that small island.
The European government are outraged on being spied on. The same government, however, cooperated with the US in spying on the whole world population. The outrage in Europe, for example in Germany, only appeared after it was found out that Merkel was spied on, the same person who decided that spying on the population is no big deal.
So there are two things:
a) Spying on population: good -> done by every state, and they cooperated on that
b) Spying on governments: bad -> done by the US (the other direction is very unlikely especially for small countries like Germany or France)
The statement is that the others are also spying on their population and that they are cooperation on that. However, this is different to spying on state personal, presidents or chancellors. That's why the German Chancellor had no problem when Snowden revealed that the world population is spied on by the US. We all assumed that she as any other government was in on it. Spying on herself and here government is a total different story for her. It is save to assume that Germany is not spying on the US government, as they do not have the capabilities.