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+ - Science skeptic Ted Cruz to oversee NASA and US Science programs->

Submitted by romanval
romanval (556418) writes "In a move that shows how the last election is turning the U.S. into a bizzaro state, Senator Ted Cruz (R- Tx); a man who claims there isn't enough evidence to prove climate change is occurring, is to chair the Subcommittee on Space, Science and Competitiveness, where he will oversee NASA and U.S. science programs. Fellow climate change denier Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) will also chair the Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and the Coast Guard upon his confirmation."
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Comment: Sounds like Tesla's Gigafactory can be used (Score 1) 491

by romanval (#47868655) Attached to: To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

.. to provide batteries at 1/3rd their current cost.. then the bus will have ~100 mile range while costing the same. (Space/weight isn't an issue, since a regular diesel bus already weighs around 75,000 lbs.)

Better yet, have batteries slotted into the bus like a giant laptop battery. A robotic arm can swap them out in seconds.

Comment: Re:The Gravity of Evil (Score 1) 327

by romanval (#47668645) Attached to: California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

I wouldn't say California is overpopulated. Sure the urban areas are pretty tight, but as this factory is solar powered it'll most likely be in the southern inland counties (Kern, San Bernandino, Riverside or Imperial).. these areas which are mostly desert.. some sparsely populated and economically poor.

Comment: Reagan: the environmental governor? (Score 3, Informative) 327

by romanval (#47667189) Attached to: California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

It's strange how California's environmental protection law was put in place by the beloved icon of Republican party... the same party who now say it's the reason for companies to stay away from California.

"California's landmark environmental statute, widely known by its acronym CEQA, was signed into law by former Gov. Ronald Reagan. It requires state and local government agencies to review development projects to identify potential threats to the environment and recommend ways to reduce or eliminate any potential damage."