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Comment Re:How much do these batteries harm the environmen (Score 1) 212

Very little, compared to extracting fossil fuels (fracking, strip mining etc.).

All manufacturing requires energy, resources and may pollute. It doesn't matter what you are making. Recycling helps. Just look at the pollution caused by discarding electronics, which is far higher in volume than discarded batteries.

The question is moot unless you are willing to stop buying manufactured goods. Lithium batteries are no different.

Comment Re:mm, so why haven't the car's come down in price (Score 2) 212

They are. The Volt's base price has dropped from the mid 40's to about $33k. With more EV range. The current Leaf's price has also dropped, in spite of a capacity increase from 24 kWh to 30 kWh in the base model.

And the Bolt EV, with a net MSRP under $30k and 200+ miles of range, would not have been possible a few years ago. Soon the Model 3 will join it.

Comment Re:For the millionth time, electric != low CO2 (Score 2) 212

Where I live, my EV compares to a 38 MPG gasoline car in total CO2 output.

And importantly, your diesel won't bring 38 MPG if you are driving in stop-and-go traffic in the city, idling at stoplights, etc. You'll exceed that on the highway, but in the real world cars spend much of their time off the highway.

A Prius may have less CO2 output than a typical EV where I live, but those are a hybrid with gasoline generator, with similar drivetrains to electric cars (including a battery).

In California, where half our EVs are sold, an EV has total wheels-to-wells emissions comparable to 87 MPG. Better than any diesel or gasoline powered automobile.

These numbers are increasing as coal is phased out, and some drivers opt for 100% renewable energy as I have done.

Comment Re:Pierson's Puppeteers (Score 1) 709

They care about abstract debt, though. At least they say they do.

Not to change the subject but many climate deniers I talk to name our federal debt as the #1 issue for the wellbeing of our country, not the environment, not climate change, nor greenhouse gases. Perhaps because it's been drilled into their heads by TV, radio and other news sources for years.

There are no wealthy interests doing the same for climate change, at least not nearly to the same extent.

Comment Re:So... (Score 1) 990

I read a story about a dog who chewed through an EVSE cable. The dog was fine. The cable was toast, though.

The J1772 standard is rather safe, because no power is applied until a signal is detected. Moreover GFCI outlets are mandatory for applications where an EVSE would be installed.

I worry far more about a fire starting in my gas water heater than any kind of electrocution from my EVSE.

Comment Re:heh (Score 1) 990

When (if) that day comes, the market will look completely different than it does today.

EVs now are expensive because they are new. You can't find them on the used market older than 5 years old.

You can't find _any_ cars on the used market less than 5 years old that don't cost thousands.

Even still, we bought a used 2012 Leaf for $8k. Not a lot of money. We aren't low income but we aren't rich, either.

Comment Re:Driving yes, but charging? (Score 1) 990

I'm going to bet you've never driven a Volt. Bought mine for about $25k after incentives, which is a pretty common price for a new car, especially one as loaded with features as mine.

They really are quite nice to drive. Very quiet and smooth. Very low maintenance. Chevy probably has made a few cars in their 100+ years that could be considered a "pile of crap" but this is not one of them.

Also, I have a degree in math, and have made detailed calculations of my total cost of ownership. There are some assumptions baked in like future maintenance costs and electricity costs that can be difficult to predict, but at least electricity prices do not fluctuate nearly as wildly as gasoline does.

Comment Re:Driving yes, but charging? (Score 1) 990

Let me guess--your boss drives a Tesla?

Teslas have required frequent maintenance because TMC is in the process of figuring out how to manufacture cars. If you buy a battery electric vehicle from an established maker you won't have these problems. My Volt and LEAF are both virtually maintenance free.

Comment Re:Windows hardware? (Score 1) 82

Try that with their servers. Their Linux driver support is extremely lagging.

Even today if you download new drivers for an MD array, they bundle Java 6. Which was end of life over 3 years ago and is incapable of interoperating with modern TLS implementations. If you care about securing your systems and use Dell drivers, disable as much as you can and live by the CLI.

Comment Re:of course it will burn.... IF (Score 1) 418

Let's set some ground rules for debate, m'kay?

"Spending on social programs is highly correlated with keeping people in poverty."

Do you have any evidence for this claim? Studies? Data? Facts?

The information I have shows a strong correlation to the opposite:

"...because we can print money..."

The government doesn't "print" money to spend, it issues currency. Printing presses and paper money exist these days to accommodate small transactions. When is the last time you bought a car with cash in hand? Or your employer paid you in cash?

I'm making a nit, but it's important to be precise with the terminology. Or you lose credibility.

"You don't understand economics."

Umm... you don't know me, nor what I read, or studied, or what my credentials are. You're making a broad assumption based on a Slashdot comment.

In general, if I don't feel qualified to post in Slashdot I stay quiet. I don't need to spread any more misinformation than there already is.

My statement about public spending is a verifiable fact. There is no theoretical bounds to spending given a fiat currency in the post Bretton Woods era. The gold standard is long gone.

"Is it any wonder the more we pay for welfare, the less likely people are to get off of welfare?"

You raise the example of welfare, which I did not. It is one possible type of social support among many. (Personally I favor the Job Guarantee--provide work to all those who cannot find work.)

To examine this issue in depth you need to look at the causes of poverty. If an individual is unemployed with no prospect for work, welfare can provide sustenance but without unemployment they may never escape from poverty. But if you provide work, public or private, you have a path to independence. For a single parent raising children without support (too common in this day and age), child care and education may be the key. However these have to be accessible, if not by private means, then through social support.

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