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Comment: Re:typical ignorant American (Score 2) 198

Most environmentally friendly motor fuel is diesel

no it isn't, not even by a long shot.. Natural Gas and Propane vehicles trounce them in terms of environmental impact. In most places, considering the power grid is rapidly cleaning itself up, electrics would as well.

Do you think that diesel fuel magically jumped from miles down in the earth, refined itself, and showed up in your gas station all by itself? It's a very energy intensive process, using a lot of electricity usually derived from coal or natural gas, and/or coal/natural gas burnt right in the refinery just to get it to that state. So not only is your diesel car a point-source polluter, it is very much a "remote polluter" in its own right..

2) you can bloviate about "remote polluting" electric cars all you want, but the fact of the matter is that coal, as a percentage of the US's energy mix is going down, not up, and its going down quite rapidly. And even if it wasn't (which again, it is), it is arguable that addressing emissions at one managed point-source is preferable to distributing the polution across thousands of engines all in various state of tuns.

Comment: Re:Politicians will be stupid but scientists/techn (Score 1) 356

by s122604 (#49251299) Attached to: New Solar Capacity Beats Coal and Wind, Again
The implication that because renewables can't do everything (and currently they can't) means the aren't worth having is just silly..

We should continue, and even accelerate the expansion of solar and wind power...
natural gas is ultimately still a carbon source, and far from "clean", but its a HUGE net positive for the environment compared to coal.. inasmuch as it contributes to the displacement of coal plants it is a good thing. It also has the benefit of being highly variable to provide balance to the ebb and flow of renewables.

Comment: Re:Maybe in a different country (Score 2) 498

by s122604 (#49228875) Attached to: Mental Health Experts Seek To Block the Paths To Suicide

Today, roughly 90% of civilians who are shot survive. As many as 90% of victims of knife attacks bleed out before they get to the hospital.

This is true. Knives, especially knives over 3 inches long, tend to be more lethal than anything but the largest of bullet calibers or shotguns

No.. this is not true...
Ex EMT here.. Had to deal with the aftermath of numerous knife fights, and knife attacks.. What you have, in the VAST majority of cases, was a bloody mess, but wounds that are survivable, in many cases not even highly emergent. Yes, there were some deaths, but they were rare

With gunshot wounds (be they attempted homicides, suicides, or accidents) the outcomes are flipped. Modern emergency medicine is better than it ever was but you still see many cases where treatment of any kind was utterly futile, many "coin flip" type cases, and a smattering of superficial non-emergencies..

Killing somebody with a knife is a lot harder than the movies make it out to be.. Killing somebody with a 00 Buckshot is ridiculously easy, a 9mm caliber handgun.. harder.. but not that hard..

Comment: Re:Only 30 Grand? (Score 2) 426

by s122604 (#48794345) Attached to: Chevrolet Unveils 200-Mile Bolt EV At Detroit Auto Show
Also, the contribution of coal, as a percentage of generating capacity, is falling dramatically in the US. Although some of this is renewables (especially in places like Iowa), this is mostly due to the fact we have more natural gas than we know what to do with.

Although this begs the question, is it more efficient to burn natural gas, to spin a turbine, to make electricity, to put into a battery to spin a driveshaft; OR would it be better to just burn the natural gas in an ICE on the vehicle itself?
It would seem like you would save a lot of transmission inefficiency by using CNG in an ICE.. But then again, modern combined cycle natural gas generation facilities are highly efficient.

Comment: Re:How dare you talk down about Reagan like that! (Score 1) 160

by s122604 (#48767265) Attached to: What's Wrong With the Manhattan Project National Park

"oh but more people would have died"

let's be clear hear, when you say "more", that means LOTs more..
going against the Russian war machine on the european continent in 1945 would have been absolutely no joke; they were churning out more war material, including the then world beating IS3 tank at the end of the war, than we were..

Comment: Re:Breaking the stranglehold of other countries (Score 1) 332

by s122604 (#48283269) Attached to: Denmark Plans To Be Coal-Free In 10 Years
Nope, not even remotely similar in plausibility...
1) Russia is actively involved in the current instability in the Ukraine... To deny this is about as rational as denying that the sun rises in the east
2) Russia has, numerous times actually, used natural gas disruptions, or threats of gas disruptions as a political tool
3) America, as you said it, has a massive gas glut. Russia wasn't behaving badly (more or ess) when the big LNG export megaproducts got started off the coast of Louisiana.

Even if Russia wasn't acting pants-on-head crazy and jeopardizing their own self-interests we still would have been able to undercut their price gouging in Europe.. And there is also the Asian market, which stands to be a big customer of North American natural gas, regardless of Russia's antics.

That's as real as realpolitik and real-econmick gets. These are all facts, verifiable from multiple sources.. To say unsourced proclamations that the united states is somehow "staging" political changes in the Ukraine so that we can sell gas is "about as plausible" is pure hysterics...

Comment: Re:Breaking the stranglehold of other countries (Score 2) 332

by s122604 (#48278249) Attached to: Denmark Plans To Be Coal-Free In 10 Years
I don't think it's a coincidence that Russia is acting up, and grabbing what it can grab, right at this moment.
Europe's push for renewable energy, coupled with the fact that large-scale LNG exports are due to come online from North America in the next few years means that using energy disruption, or even the threat of it, as a foreign policy weapon is going to be FAR less effective.

The difficult we do today; the impossible takes a little longer.