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Comment Re:Lets assume TFA is correct (Score 1) 292

Denialist points.

1. No point in U.S.A. aiming for sustainability if (insert 3rd world country) isn't doing their part. - Check
2. It's just a wealth transfer. - Check
3. Renewables aren't reliable and consistent. - Check

There is no perfect solution. Saying something is worthless because it's not perfect is just a stalling tactic. There will never be an enforceable, global contract. The Paris accord was a success in getting every nation to recognize the problem and work towards solutions. It was a really good step in the right direction. Nobody claimed it was "gospel" except you. "sent trillions of dollars from the US to anyone who wanted a free bucket of money" Source please. - I call B.S. on that statement.

Your comment that China is "simply not good at keeping promises. They are good at deception, expansion, and colonization" reeks of the type of isolationism rhetoric that's infected the airwaves lately, and it's got little to do with addressing AGW. I'm not defending China and their government, but I take issue with your statement. The truth is that China has exploded over the last 20 years and is still developing rapidly. They've experienced many growing pains including terrible pollution. That pollution has caused them to prioritize clean energy. It's no coincidence they are the lead solar panel manufacturer. They're also a leader in renewable installations and battery powered vehicles. "China added 35 gigawatts of new solar generation in 2016 alone. “That’s almost equal to Germany’s total capacity, just in one year" http://news.nationalgeographic...

"Simply dumping non-renewable sources means that millions suffer and die because we lose necessary power for hospitals, refrigeration, air conditioning"

Pure Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt. You forgot to mention the children. Nobody is calling to just suddenly shut off all the coal power plants. Anyway, it doesn't matter what you think. The economics of renewables have already overtaken coal. "... solar already rivals the cost of new coal power plants in Germany and the U.S. and by 2021 will do so in quick-growing markets such as China and India." My relatives in Mississippi, yes Mississippi, have an offer on a nice chunk of land for the power company to install solar panels. Time to wake up.

"And lets face facts: We will always have some dependency on non-renewable sources of energy. Renewable sources are not consistent, and dead batteries are very bad for the environment."

No. That's not a fact. Not consistent? The sun shines. Water runs. Wind blows. The earth holds heat. Not all the time in every place, but in combination with smart distribution and storage it's very much possible. It's sad the pessimistic view you have on the potential of the human race. The "dead battery" thing is such a red herring. Though no product has 0 impact, common lithium-ion batteries are relatively benign, recyclable, and have lifetimes greater than 10 years. Tesla's lead researcher, Jeff Dahn, one of the world's leading and most respected battery researchers claimed they've doubled the lifetime of batteries. So we have 10 year batteries in service and 20 year batteries on the way - all of which can be recycled. And that's not even looking at Vanadium-Redox, salt water batteries, and lithium-iron-phosphate batteries and so on.

Comment Re:Intelligent man loses his mind (Score 1) 159

"Tesla is the absolute slimiest company I've ever done business with." And you accuse Tesla of exaggerating? I own a 2016 S and I can say without hesitation that it's the best car buying experience and the best "dealer" experience of any car I've owned. Ever. The car is exactly what I hoped for and even exceeded my expectations. Autopilot is wonderful on long trips. Charging/Supercharging works as advertised. The car is wicked powerful and will effortlessly (really, half throttle, no drama) embarrass "muscle cars" leaving a stop light. Room for the kids and plenty of stuff. Comfortable and soooo quiet. Pre-warm/cool in the garage. No idling in carpool and filter for the tail pipes in front of you. I could go on.

"I really hope I can keep my Model S going until a competitor arrives, but Tesla isn't making it easy" B.S. Now I think you're posing. Probably a dealer pissed off about Tesla's sales model. The cars come with 8 year battery and powertrain warranties and Tesla has backed it up.

Problems? I haven't had any major problems, just some minor stuff. Sticky wiper blade. Door trim misaligned. Dash rattle. And what did the "unethical", "slimiest" company ever do? Fixed it all. Fast. Gave me a loaner. Really, the only thing they didn't do was come pick up my car. And they actually have a ranger service, so I guess that's covered too.

Contrast that with my local Jeep dealer who told me it would be a month before they could fix my jeep (wouldn't start - I fixed it myself thanks to forums) and again a month for a software update (recall related). Oh, and spilled oil all over my motor during an oil change and didn't put the cap on right so it popped off.

Comment Re: The Paris deal is nothing (Score 1) 737

The enemy of good is perfect. The Paris Deal is progress and the naysayers have unspoken agendas. Oh, the "economy" is always the copout reason. Like every technical advance in history, a a shift to clean, sustainable energy will improve quality of life. The only parts of the economy that will suffer will be those contributing to GHG emissions (hint hint - these are the ones complaining). Funny you mention China and India's emissions like, but omit their very deliberate and notable effort to move to clean energy. Very Hannity like.

Comment Re:Duh (Score 2) 255

"They've only been hyped up after Steve Jobs died because the media wanted a new Steve Jobs"

Musk got "hyped" when SpaceX began successfully launching rockets and the Model S was revealed.

"The reliability of their vehicles isn't too hot. The cost is high, even when sold at a loss."

Reliability of the Model S is "average" according to Consumer Reports. Not bad for Tesla's first production car (Roadster was extremely limited). The cost is high, but they're not sold at a loss, unless they're lying in every SEC filing. SEC filings consistently show 20%+ gross margins on their vehicles.

"Their mass-market model is delayed endlessly". WTF? The original target for mass market production (the Model 3) was 2020. They've bumped it up to 2018. In what alternative reality is that delayed?

Comment Re:What kind of bullshit article is this? (Score 2) 452

You're kidding yourself to think the two elections were anyware similar. Politifact - Trump only 31% true (to some degree) - 16% pants on fire. Obama - 75% true (to some degree) - 2% pants on fire. Trump lies or is just ignorant 69% of the time.

Unprecedented hoards of absolutely fake news and headlines as documented in the article we're discussing. What fake news is there from the Obama election other than he's a secret Muslim not born in the U.S.? The pizza parlor shooting (from ACTUAL fake news) is just one of countless ridiculous "accusations" (I use quotes because the accusers always suggest - "I don't know ... maybe") I've heard on right wing talk radio and the likes.

Trump - POW's are bad soldiers. Mexico is "sending" their "killers and rapists". Anyone who criticizes him is "fake news".

Please. There's no comparison.

Comment Re: Just the beginning (Score 1) 452

" tired of being labeled, called names, told they're meanies, etc." ... "don't agree with mouth-foaming liberals"

Covered in mud, slinging mud. Funny. I hear the talk radio gods talk about the mouth-foaming liberals, though I've never met one. I'm sure you can find some. It's a straw man. Describe a mouth foamer who's brain is infected with "liberalism" and throw everyone you disagree with into that box.

I voted for Bill Weld - by far the best candidate in the bunch. Complain about the mobster and the lunatic and pretend there are only 2 sides - and of course it's self fulfilling.

Comment Re:We scientists must improve our reliability. (Score 2) 273

The only information I see coming out saying that "peer review is sort of a joke" is from propaganda artists like Limbaugh, Hannity, etc in their attempt to discredit real science where is conflicts with their narratives (global warming is a Hoax). People aren't perfect and neither is peer review, but it's a really good process and certainly not "sort of a joke". Also, I can't believe someone made this comment on Slashdot and got modded 5.

Comment Re:H2 is actually gaining (small) market presence (Score 1) 163

Where are you getting 90% efficient electrolysis from? In the PDF article you linked, it says cell voltage efficiency is up to 90%, but that's not for the entire process. PEM electrolysis has a theoretical efficiency of 94%, but even the best projections are 74% in a decade or more. So again, where did you get "The efficiency of electrolysis is very high today, approaching 90%."? for PEM electrolyzers, "Ranges in 2014 were 43–67% for the alkaline and 40–67% for the PEM, they should progress in 2030 to 53–70% for the alkaline and 62–74% for the PEM"

So Toyota definitely seems to back this, but they can't give any reasons other than 5 minute fill-ups and range, advantages that are diminishing as BEVs increase in range and decrease charge times. Battery tech is far from its theoretical limits, so we can expect further range increases. That leaves only fill-up time. For those with home charging, EVs arguably already beat out gasoline on that front, especially when coupled with DC fast charging for extended trips. The only areas HFCV possibly holds an advantage over BEV (assuming infrastructure rollout) is for those without home charging. Porsche is claiming 15 minutes charges using an 800V system and it's certainly possibly to add 200 miles in 10 minutes with 350 kW charging. Toyota's case for the FCEV is looking shaky, they've even reversed course and are now developing an EV of their own:

Comment Re:Yeah this is overvalued, so what? (Score 1) 289

As an engineer (M.E.), I love the car, but the energy side is potentially bigger. Energy storage is a no-brainer from a design standpoint. It's ridiculous to match generation to demand, but that's what we've done because storage is too expensive. That cost is coming down rapidly and once it crosses a threshold, it will transform the energy industry. Add in a shift to renewables and it may be the most significant technological and economic shifts in our lifetime.

Comment Re:Hey GM, how about that EV1? (Score 1) 289

Tesla sold more Model S, a $100k car than GM did a $40k car. That's freaking amazing.

It's ridiculous to compare GM current sales to Tesla current sales. Tesla sells 2 very expensive models. The question is what's the Model 3 going to do? And if the Model 3 does well, will Tesla create additional models to cover other segments? If GM decides to get serious and not outsource their EVs to LG, how long will it take them to make the capital investments necessary to scale up? Where will they obtain batteries should demand for EVs go mainstream?

Then there is the energy market, possibly larger than the automotive market. Nobody's got a crystal ball, but if Tesla is right about the EV market AND the energy market then their current valuation will look cheap in 5 years.

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