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Comment Re:I wish I could trust "academic experts". (Score 5, Insightful) 620

Really? We're going to mark an evidence-less rant against researchers as +5, Interesting?

Look around your life. How many people do you know? How many of them would stab you in the back for a buck? I hope that number would be very small. If it isn't, you're in the wrong place.

I went to a school focused on science. Of the number of folks I hung out with, extremely few (less than 10%) struck me as idiots, cheats, or liars. The rest I'd trust with my life. I find it extremely hard to believe I went to the only university where the majority of students were honest, dependable folks.

I'm sure as heck not going to trust the trillion dollar fossil fuel industry whose entire existence is on the line.

Comment Mortality rates for car fuel sources (Score 1) 119

Here's a study discussing mortality rate effects of the various forms of vehicle power: http://www.pnas.org/content/11...

Two highlights: Battery production does cause some mortalities, but charge the battery from a natural gas power plant and your total mortality rate is less than half the mortality rate of a gasoline vehicle. Charge with Wind, Water, or Solar, and you cut the mortality rate 80%. Charging from a coal plant would be a poor choice, however.

Comment Re:Democrats helping the wealthy, again (Score 1) 119

A reduction in air pollution means a reduction in pollution related health problems, which means a reduction in health care costs for 80-90% of the population, and an increased quality of life for those suffering from the health problems. We lose $120 to $280 billion a year on health care and loss of life due to fossil fuel-caused air pollution. That's $500 per year for every man, woman, and child. Reducing air pollution also means a reduction in future weather related property damage, which again is something a majority of the country pays for, through property insurance.

Comment Re:Really? To lower pollution? (Score 1) 119

In addition to the other responses: you get to use your lithium battery thousands of times. You only get one use from a gallon of gas.
 
Also, many people have the option of getting electricity from a green supplier or purchasing their own solar panels to charge the battery.

Here's a study discussing mortality rate effects of the various forms of vehicle power: http://www.pnas.org/content/11...

Two highlights: Battery production does cause some mortalities, but charge the battery from a natural gas power plant and your total mortality rate is less than half the mortality rate of a gasoline vehicle. Charge with Wind, Water, or Solar, and you cut the mortality rate 80%. Charging from a coal plant would be a poor choice, however.

Comment Re:How many lives are saved by air pollution (Score 1) 123

We certainly aren't going to take away clean water, etc from people just to cut down on pollution, but we can reduce the amount of pollution generated by those services. We have good ways of making clean electricity for clean water and hospital power. I don't think we're ready for electric ambulances or shipping yet. And we definitely won't have electric LifeFlight helicopters soon.

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