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Comment Re: Louisiana is one big sinkhole (Score 1) 306

yes, but their are several issues with 'carbon taxes'.
1) we really need to apply it to GOODS/Service based on where the worst part/service comes from. This way, it involves ALL nations.
2) we need a standard approach to measuring CO2. The ideal way is to use Japan's new CO2 sat, along with OCO-3, that trump just grounded. With these 2, we can get absolute numbers and can see CO2 moving IN and OUT of an area.
3) need a better form of normalization. Considering that ppl in general do NOT make the choies on emissions, then this should be tied to emissions / $GDP. That way, businesses and govs will work together in their local area to drop their emissions. Otherwise, as taxes go up on an area, the businesses will leave.

Comment Re:Im curious (Score 1) 123

Obviously, comprehension is not your strong point.
In a 10 year period of early 80s to the early 90s, we say a 100% rise. The OP mentioned 88% over a 10 year period from 2006-2016. So, how much did it rise in 16 years? well, roughly 100% every 10 years. So, by 2000, the price would be $200, and then 60% or so ON THE $200 for the 6 years would make that around $320. 88% for the last decade would make that around 600 on up.
So, last I check, $600+ falls in between $500-1000, but perhaps you have some new math? Perhaps GOP math?

Comment Im curious (Score 1) 123

Back in the late 70s and early 80s, we typically paid around $10/ gen ed books, except for science/engineering (which were always changing), and IIRC, the most expensive one was $40.
Then in early 90s went back for another degree, and noticed that upper end had moved to around $100/science.

So, what are these now? It almost sounds like these are $500-1000 for a single text book? But that would be insane.

Comment Re:Tesla will flourish if complexity is reduced... (Score 1) 272

The bolt will ONLY accept 40 KWH at a DC fast charger. As such, it will do 90 miles in the first hours, about 120 in the first 90 minutes, but then slows down. In fact, the fastest that I could find anybody had charged a bolt at, was from 20 miles left, it took 2 hours and 35 minutes. Keep in mind that as it fills up, the fill rate will slow way down. That is why they all speak about the first 30 minutes on the bolt, and the first 45 minutes on the tesla.

Secondly, McD will NOT be putting in fast chargers for ANYBODY. However, Places are installing level 2s. Now, Tesla offers their level 2 device for free to any company that pays to install it AND offers up free service (even if limited to their customers).
So how many do they have? As it is, Tesla has over 3000 destination chargers JUST IN THE US along with around 350 SuperChargers. Note that by end of year, Tesla expects to double their super charger count.
Even in Europe, they just started doing destination chargers this last year and they are over 1000 of them.

Now, it is interesting that you mention about the Superchargers being so far from your house. These are NOT meant for daily charging. You are supposed to do your daily charging at your home in the middle of the night. By doing 80% of the charging in the middle of the night, then we do not have an issue with the grid or poer plants. In fact, it will LOWER the costs of electricity. It is hybrids and leaf owners that charge in the daytime on a constant basis that are going to screw all of us.
The superchargers were developed for LONG DISTANCE driving. These were not meant for daily re-fuels the way some of the nutjobs have been doing. In fact, if you look at the price that Tesla now charges the new teslas using the SCs, the price is always MORE than the nighttime prices. Some of that is due to eletric company charging more for daytime, but Tesla designed it this way purposely to discourage daytime charging.
Now, the current Tesla Super Chargers can add 149 KWH to certain tesla's. The older one like we have, only accepts 120, or possibly only 90. BUT, Tesla has a NEW supercharger coming that will do well above 350 KW, and I have heard around 500-600 KW. That means that the average Model 3 with a 50 KWH battery will FULLY charge in less than 10 minutes (slows down towards the end), but can charge to 80% in just 3 minutes. Obviously, Tesla will likely charge a high price for that re-fill. Still, it will be less than $1.00 / gal of gas equivalence.

Comment Re:Tesla will flourish if complexity is reduced... (Score 1) 272

There are already EVs with better range and acceleration near the $35,000 price point.
Not even close to true. Not a single EV comes close to M3.
The BASE Model 3 is guaranteed to be less than 6 for 0-60, a minimum of 215 MPC and $35K.
OTOH, the base bolt is 0-60 @ 6.3 sec, and an EPA rating of 238 MPC and $42K. BUT, perhaps most telling on these, is the fact that M3 will have a massive supercharging network that costs a lot less than what the bolt has. In addition, the Base M3 should take less than 50 minutes for a FULL charge on a tesla supercharger, while the Bolt will take close to 2 hours one one of the FEW DC 80kw fast chargers ( and most are 40 KW).

Basically, the M3 will serve as a regular car and able to run across the nation, while the bolt remains a localized pedal vehicle.

Comment Re:They could do it by 2020 (Score 1) 88

Geo-thermal in California is fine, as long as you are not fracking. If you have to go with EGS (i.e. drill and frack) to get to the heat, then CA is about the WORST place to go.
Oregon is just fine, esp. with all of that heat by volcanos. Newberry, along with some work in iceland, are proving that all can be of use.

Comment Re:They could do it by 2020 (Score 1) 88

good lord. You continue to speak without any real knowledge. The geysers was an OPEN system. That is the steam was brought up, spun the generator than then dumped on the ground. That dumping on the ground is what brought up all of the pollutants. Once they started re-injecting the water back into the ground (mostly because they had depleted it faster than it could regenerate), they were no longer undergoing massive pollution.

You continue to fight it because your state and utility running them were lazy and cutting corners. Oddly, it was the same issue up in yellowstone by a religious group that did not care about the environment or about the harm to the rest of yellowstone. However, if a geo-thermal is done with re-injection, this solves many issues.
And by not building on fault lines, I would have little fear of drilling/fracking causing issues.
As it is, volcano being used for geo-thermal is already started and going forward in oregon

THe only real problem with geo-thermal are the far left weanies that have NO CLUE of what they are talking about and run around screaming about how horrible all geo-thermal sites based on one site.

Comment yeah, google is now controlled by idiots (Score 1) 46

Seriously, Google is now becoming a joke very fast and will no doubt follow the typical MBA path to dying off. Worse, they will choose to outsource to India and CHina while ignoring the fact that they are losing their capabilities and sending it to their competitors.
But, one of the best tools that they had up and coming was the android that was built in swappable parts. that would have allowed for TRUE competition to occur in android phone. Now, Google will see Samsung and CHinese companies build their own software and end up controlling BOTH software and hardware.
THis is all due to their switch from innovative tech CEO at Google to a worthless MBAs, combined with alphabet allowing this shit to happen.

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