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Comment Re:A little extra weight savings (Score 1) 521

While we're neing pedantic, Dictionary.com's defintion of rust is:

a: the reddish brittle coating formed on iron especially when chemically attacked by moist air and composed essentially of hydrated ferric oxide

b: a comparable coating produced on a metal other than iron by corrosion

So yeah, alimunium rusts but it's not iron oxide. (Though I love someone else's joke about how Ford will find a way to turn aluminum into iron oxide. Classic.)

Comment Re:The big question is... (Score 3, Interesting) 55

A 50/50 split would give me pause for concern. I'd have to wonder if we really knew what what was going on. 50% on one side, with the remaining 50% split among 30 competing theories would be slightly better, but I'd still be cautious. An overwhelming majority (97% in this case) leads to me be believe that we're on the right track. I look at it this way. There's a right answer out there somewhere. Did 97% miss the mark, and some tiny minority actually figure it out? It's not that they all agree that makes it right, it's that there's so little argument over the big picture: we're contributing to climate change. Frankly, I don't see how we could cut down the number of trees we are and NOT affect the climate, just from that, but hey what do I know?

Comment Re:Bitcoin Could be Big Environmental Story (Score 1) 121

Mining Bitcoins isn't all that great either. It's getting more and more computionally intensive, which requires a lot of power, which means computers running on coal-burning power and being cooled by coal-burned power. There was an article here recently about the effect on the environment from Bitcoin mining, wasn't there?

Comment Re:The big question is... (Score 2, Insightful) 55

On the one side is the overwhelming majority of the world's climate scientists (97% agree with anthropogenic climate change) who have repeatedly gone back and re-evaluated the data with the same conclusion, and on the other are people who want to keep consuming and polluting to their heart's delight with nary shred of scientific evidence to back up their claims that everything is hunky dory. Which side sounds more like a church again?

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