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Comment Re:Germany gets 2.3% (Score 1) 389

2.3% is quite a distance from the 50% they momentarily achieved.

Would you care to break down your reasoning on how you came up with 2.3% ? Are you engineer and is this your field?

As far as solar power being variable, isn't that what a grid is for? Somewhere either the sun or the wind is out, when it isn't in another place, so the electricity just gets redistributed from where it is to where it is not?

Comment Solar vs Nuclear (Score 1) 389

"Up to 60 percent of power might come from nuclear sources"


Germany recently got half of its electricity from solar for a few hours and will be able to get 1/3 permanently. Solar generated electricity is almost cheaper than coal generated electricity in Australia.

It those two countries can do that, the United States doesn't need nuclear power on the scale of 60% of our electrical needs.

Comment The end of Foxconn? (Score 1) 530

Supposedly, while fracking may turn the U.S. into a slag heap, fracking is also supposed to bring manufacturing ( not necessarily manufacturing jobs for more than a few people ) back to the U.S. by making energy cheaper.

I wonder if at some point American companies that outsource manufacturing to China will decide to just install the robotic factories in the U.S. to save on transportation costs.

Comment Documentary: FedUp & Suppressing Information (Score 1) 532

I'm fairly anti-soda, but I do not believe the government should start dictating people's personal habits. I am all for the government doing education campaigns to inspire people make better decisions.

The trouble with that idea is that private industry via the government is suppressing information.

I recently saw the documentary "FedUp", which didn't have much new to say about the evils of sweeteners and refined flour, but it had a lot to say politically.

At one point the U.N. was about to publish a report stating that to safeguard their health in addition to controlling their weight, people should limit their sweetener & refined flour consumption to no more than 10% of their calories a day ( 50 grams of sweetener in your food per day on a 2000 calorie diet. A bottle of grape Fanta soda has 80 grams of sugar, a cup of orange juice has 20 grams ).

In the documentary, it was described how the American food industry used its influence to get the George W. Bush administration to convince the U.N. to not publish that report.

While the grams of sugar might be on food labels, the percentage of the limit is not printed on there--- by conscious choice, making it harder for people to know when they are going overboard.

Submission + - Germany sets new solar power record, institute says (

assertation writes: German solar power plants produced a world record 22 gigawatts of electricity per hour — equal to 20 nuclear power stations at full capacity — through the midday hours on Friday and Saturday, the head of a renewable energy think tank said.

The German government decided to abandon nuclear power after the Fukushima nuclear disaster last year, closing eight plants immediately and shutting down the remaining nine by 2022.

Comment Astroturfing Happens (Score 1) 142

I was reading an exchange on reddit between someone posting for an anti-gmo event and pro-gmo people criticizing the guy.

The anti-GMO guy pointed out that he recognized the nicknames of the pro-GMO guys from earlier threads. He went on to say the he was suspicious that they were cranks or paid corporate astroturfers.

I'm not taking a side on the GMO thing, but I was shocked that everyone in that thread seemed naive about the existence of corproate astroturfers.

This post was good for reminding people that they exist.

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