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Comment Re: "mass market affordable car" (Score 1, Interesting) 430

Little do they realise that while their ZEV doesn't pollute, the power they used to charge their cars came from sources that did. All they did was move the pollution upstream. Out of sight, out of mind I guess.

Nuh-uh. EV drivers are not responsible at all for ANY of the pollution produced by power companies run by businessmen who choose to keep burning dirty fossil fuels rather than switch to clean renewable energy sources. You burn it you own it.

Comment Re:"Clean Energy Candidate" (Score 1) 308

I stand by what I wrote because it's totally true. Greenhouse gases may not be toxic to *you* but there is no denying their overall life-threatening effect on the planet as a whole. Just ask any thirsty Californian, or a polar bear.

We all need to pull our heads out of the sand and see clearly what the greedy billionaires are doing to us just to fatten their Swiss bank accounts.

Comment Re:"Clean Energy Candidate" (Score 3, Insightful) 308

Ooh, an economy alarmist bullshitter.

Before the Civil War they said freeing the slaves would ruin the economy. The US had to free them because it was a moral imperative. The war cost us 5% of the US population in casualties. The sum total of the monetary value of all slaves at the start of the civil war was roughly one trillion dollars in today's dollars. The slaves were freed and the US became the world's greatest economic power as a result.

Fast forward to today. The oligarchic elites (the Koch brothers and other greedy billionaires) control roughly fourteen trillion dollars in fossil fuels. In order to monetize their investment they need to suck it out of the earth and burn it. The resulting pollution would kill at least millions, if not render the entire planet uninhabitable. There is a moral imperative to not do that.

If one trillion dollars was sufficient to justify killing or wounding 5% of all Americans, I shudder to think how many people the Koch brothers and their friends are willing to kill or wound for fourteen trillion dollars.

Our economy was based on slave labor. We emancipated the slaves, and surprise! We prospered anyway. Now our economy is based on generating poison gas from fossil fuels. When we stop burning fossil fuels, I predict we'll prosper anyway. Maybe not the Koch brothers. Oh boo-hoo.

Comment Re:Infinite Bank Account (Score 1) 385

Absolutely. Compare the $20 trillion in fossil fuel reserves to the total monetary value of the 4 million US slaves in 1860 -- roughly $1 trillion in today's dollars. It was not easy for us to convince the wealthy of the time to get rid of that sum of wealth. It took a bloody war in which over half a million Americans died -- 2% of the US population. But it was the right thing to do, just like switching to renewable energy sources is the right thing for us to do.

Comment Re:a reason to run Linux only? (Score 1) 379

Absolutely! Nobody really knows what sensitive user data is uploaded to the Microsoft mother ship by "Windows Activation", "Windows Update", and "Windows Genuine Advantage". Also, nobody really knows whether spook agencies use "Windows Update" to install root kits and spyware but judging by TFA I'd say the odds are they do. Time to switch to Linux.

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