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Submission + - German CO2 Emmision Reductions Have Slowed Since Start of Energiewende (

An anonymous reader writes: The story is clear from this linked chart. Germany was making great progress on CO2 emissions reduction prior to Energiewende, since 2008 emissions have remained relatively flat. What is interesting is that the largest reductions have come from household and industrial efficiency improvements, and not from energy industry changes.

With Germany now slowing its investment in wind and solar, is the battle being lost?

Submission + - Treasury Dept. Sits On Investigation Into Solar Energy Fraud Worse Than Solyndra (

An anonymous reader writes: The Treasury Department has been looking into potential fraud by solar panel companies that got taxpayer funding for more than three years, but has yet to release any findings

The Department recently indicated that applicants included ineligible costs or otherwise overstated the value of their solar energy investments by claiming approximately $1.3 billion in unwarranted cash grants. he Treasury Department said it would publish its findings by June 2015, but that never happened.

Submission + - VA Invests in Failed Solar Projects, Veterans Linger on Wait List (

An anonymous reader writes: The Department of Veteran's Affairs Inspector General has found the VA wasted millions on solar panel installations that don't work.

Evidently, the Veteran's Administration (VA), does not have enough money to hire new doctors or take other actions to reduce wait times and improve treatment for our nation's military veterans, but it does have money to spend installing solar panels at its facilities, according by the VA's Inspector General (IG) detailed by the Washington Free Beacon.

While the VA has been under fire for wasting federal dollars as veterans’ wait times and other failings have persisted at VA medical facilities nationwide, the IG report reveals the VA spent more than $408 million to install solar panels on its medical facilities, yet many of the projects have experienced significant delays and cost overruns with some solar projects failing to function at all.

In a report issued August 3, 2016, the VA IG reported the VA had consistently failed to effectively plan and manage its solar panel projects, resulting in significant delays and additional costs. An audit of 11 of the 15 solar projects awarded between fiscal years 2010 and 2013, found only two of the 11 solar panel projects were fully completed.

Comment Re:We need this (Score 4, Interesting) 180

You need both science and engineering, hopefully in a collaborative atmosphere where they are willing to talk about the challenges to make a piratical solution, then figure out how to overcome them. Basic research is more pure science, and applied research becomes more engineering. If they already have some basic research products that they intend to move in applied research, then they'll need engineers. It appears they have some basic technological approach in mind.

Submission + - Uber Loses at Least $1.2 Billion in First Half of 2016 (

An anonymous reader writes: The ride-hailing giant Uber Technologies Inc. is not a public company, but every three months, dozens of shareholders get on a conference call to hear the latest details on its business performance from its head of finance, Gautam Gupta.

On Friday, Gupta told investors that Uber's losses mounted in the second quarter. Even in the U.S., where Uber had turned a profit during its first quarter, the company was once again losing money.

"It's hardly rare for companies to lose large sums of money as they try to build significant markets and battle for market share," said Joe Grundfest, professor of law and business at Stanford. "The interesting challenge is for them to turn the corner to become profitable, cash-flow-positive entities."

Comment Re:Followed by: (Score 1) 438

But not more flooding everywhere. Warming also changes weather patterns which can result in less precipitation in some regions. The truth is we don't have the modeling capability to predict the result in any particular region, only the ability to generalize the impact. So, no, it is not hand waving, it is a very real possibility, even if considered unlikely.

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