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Comment Re:Going Howard Hughes... (Score 1) 104

Yes, but its first use would not be to move factory-built houses, but pieces of windmills.

A major limitation and expense on wind farms is the need to transport oversize blades to the sites, which requires some serious road building, considering that many of the best sites are in rugged terrain, and maneuvering a truck with a 36m payload means you need to build a route without any sharp turns. If the airship can also function as a sky crane, then erecting the windmill's mast and attaching the blades is a lot less expensive, too. Very likely the only roads that a wind farm would need would be the kind of dirt roads that would service the power lines.

Other low hanging fruit would include moving lightweight but bulky produce like lettuce from farm to market, a lower cost alternative to helicopter logging, installation and servicing of cell towers in remote sites, and use in regional emergencies such as floods (Katrina) or earthquakes.

We are 20 years overdue for a new airship industry. We had the technology to produce commercially viable airships before the turn of the century. It is long past time to see these air whales overhead.

Comment Re: Standards... (Score 1) 175

no, this is just part of the proof that car makers do not want EVs. Dealers do not want them. Car makers do not want them. And building an adapter to tesla does NOT harm their efforts on their own standards, any more than tesla building a chadmoe and j17772 hurt their standards.
In fact, because tesla DID build those, it was possible to buy a tesla and have full access to chargers all over so that you can move around the nation easily. OTOH, NO other EV has that claim . The bolt is the first none tesla that can drive all over.

Comment Re: Standards... (Score 1) 175

Musk has said MANY times that he is fine with others using tesla network. Of course, he expects them to pay.Only an idiot would think that Musk is going to give that away. BUT, Musk wanted others to jump on this and help extend it. In fact, at one time, he said that he was in discussions with a European company on just this.

Comment Re:Who pays (Score 1) 175

all charging standards have a digital handing that is allowed. With tesla, you must send information about your vehicle and it is vetted before it is allowed. Any adapaters that the other car maker does for their vehicle would have to provide same information and would have to provide for payment fo electrcity, in a fashion similar to what all new tesla do.

Comment Re: Okay, but... (Score 1) 175

A huge issue u missed is the number of cells. Other car makers use small numbers of much larger cells. Tesla is only one with massive number of cells and excellent HVAC on them. As such Tesla can pour into each cell at faster rate without the high temps that degrade those large cells.

Comment Re: Louisiana is one big sinkhole (Score 1) 307

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.

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