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Comment Re:Too much incentive to hype this stuff up.... (Score 1) 828 828

What I'm saying, though, is that given enough time -- electric motors wear out.

I think it's pretty silly to worry about the electric motor in a vehicle wearing out. Most well made electric motors run a long time without breaking down. The compressor motor in my freezer's been going for over 30 years now.

Comment Re:Truck Stops, Gas Stations, etc (Score 1) 828 828

One can only imagine the cost of waiting for a big rig to recharge. But one does not need to be an oil company to create a Fuel Cell station. Which means any fuel profit goes to the station owner(s). Even driverless rigs will have to stop and refuel.

I think once electric big rigs get going they will have standard battery packs that can be easily swapped in 15 minutes or so. Even now the fuel tanks on them are mostly hanging exposed on the outside of the frame so swapping should be relatively simple.

I also expect that will eventually become the standard for electric cars too, easily swappable battery packs, so range anxiety becomes a thing of the past.

Comment Re:quickly to be followed by self-driving cars (Score 1) 828 828

I bought my house in 1995 and paid off the mortgage in 2012. Now it's worth nearly twice what is was when I bought it. I pay about $200/month for property taxes and another $200/month for utilities. I'd be paying over $1000/month to rent anything I'd care to live in. The difference is being saved for retirement. But there is the cost of ongoing maintenance, I'm going to have to put a new roof on it in a couple of years and get it painted. I'm well satisfied with owning a house.

Comment Re:In other news... (Score 1) 483 483

I was merely pointing out that there were HVDC lines coming in from the north which you didn't appear to know about.

As far as coal power in California I believe that all of the states utilities have been mandated to eliminate any coal power from their portfolios and although that is not complete yet they are well on their way to the goal.

And for the CONUS as a whole the amount of coal power has been dropping, largely as a result of increasing natural gas generation and I think in 20 or 30 years coal will be a miniscule piece of the nations energy supply.

Comment Re:Legislate 50% less consumption? Good fucking lu (Score 1) 483 483

Don't forget the low flow toilet you have to flush three times.

I replaced a toilet about 3 years ago that was plugging at least once a week with one recommended in Consumer Reports. It cost me about $260 plus installation. The new toilet uses 1.28 gallons/full flush and 0.8 gallons for a partial flush. I've had it for 2.5 years now and it's only plugged once in all that time. And I never have to flush it more than once (except the time it plugged where I let it sit for an hour or so and flushed it again which cleared the plug). So, if you get a quality low flow toilet it works just fine, if you go cheap expect problems.

Comment Re:Just like Teacher "Grades" (Score 1) 245 245

School is about learning things, not some fuzzy concept of "learning how to learn".

I completely disagree with this. It's like the old adage "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." Same thing with learning --- unless you think the only place that learning takes place is in school.

If it is a Miracle, any sort of evidence will answer, but if it is a Fact, proof is necessary. -- Samuel Clemens