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Comment Re:fun fact (Score 1) 136

Yes, more or less. Gasoline is not taxed NEAR enough to cover all the hidden costs associated with using it. Electric cars would be more attractive and need less subsidy if gasoline cars were paying enough fuel tax to cover all the things government does to provide hydrocarbon fuels. Some time ago a left-leaning publication had an interesting article stating EU taxes on fuel were TOO LOW and they really needed to be sending $1 a gallon to the USA to cover some of the cost of keeping the sea lanes open for oil imports to the EU.

Comment No flying cars, airplanes that taxi fast on roads (Score 1) 282

No one wants to beat up their 6 or 7 figure airplane duking it out with rusty old Chevys. The invention of the rental car desk at the airport is the end of flying car dreams. Or...maybe you DO want to spend weeks or months and $50,000 getting a parking lot ding fixed by an FAA certified carbon fiber repair shop.

Comment Re:Solar bubble? (Score 1) 160

The numbers I got from the solar people assumed the commercial electrical rate went UP every year forever. It saved money past year 10 because commercial power went up every year. It could go DOWN just as easily. BTW - I used to sell and install wind and solar systems. They are 100% amazing on boats or off in the woods or other places out of reach of 10 cent/KW power.

Comment Being off-grid is esy. (Score 1) 264

I can sail my boat around in the middle of the ocean and be utterly invisible to everyone. I could hike back in the woods and hunt my own food. I could be homeless in the city. What is about impossible is to live anything like normal life interacting with normal people and conducting normal business. Putting yourself in some kind of voluntary prison is not winning!

Comment Re:Any time the FBI gives you something... (Score 1) 242

FYI - the Cessna 182s they use would struggle mightily to eek up to 20,000 feet if they could even get that high. I have flown them many times and my guess for their operating altitude over Baltimore is more like 3,000 feet or so. BTW - no law against anyone flying around taking photos of anything they can see. I do it all the time for my business of aerial photography ;)

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