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Comment Re:But climate change is a myth!!! YODA GREASE (Score 1) 206

Wow. Maximum Pessimism. The ability to travel long distances with an EV is practically here. Fast Charge DC and 200+ mile affordable (average price) EVs coming this year and the next and only increasing and growing cheaper afterwards. Please have a look and plugshare or Tesla's supercharger map. How well do you think gas cars would work without gas stations?

As for "Lithium is inadequate", do some research before stating something so false. Lithium-air, for instance, has a higher theoretical gravimetric energy density than gasoline, given that most of gasoline's energy is wasted as heat. The energy is combustion is not just from the gasoline. It also uses oxygen from the air. Today's lithium-ion batteries used are just adequate, but the potential exceeds that of petroleum. "Batteries are expensive" is so terribly short-sighted. The costs of plunged and are forcasts to continue under $100/kWh. And that's without any advancements. A short look at battery history shows we've come a long way in technology and costs and the EV revolution is driving R&D, which is key.

Comment Re:But climate change is a myth!!! YODA GREASE (Score 1) 206

"AGW is not some immediate problem that needs to be solved tomorrow. It will unfold over decades, and the solution will also take decades."

The consequences will unfold over decades, but the problem is certainly immediate and it should have been "solved"/mitigated 15 years ago. I agree nearly 100% with your proposals as to how to address it. Anyone who thinks to world will revert to Amish style living tomorrow is just naive. The biggest problem we have is ignorance mostly due to the intentional spread of misinformation, the "Merchants of Doubt". We won't agree on how to solve the problem, but it's ridiculous that people still believe there isn't one.

Comment Misleading Title (Score 1) 178

The title is misleading.

We sampled 5000 12-second clips from our catalog, covering a wide range of genres and signal characteristics. With 3 codecs, 2 configurations, 3 resolutions (480p, 720p and 1080p) and 8 quality levels per configuration-resolution pair

and then

x265 and libvpx demonstrate superior compression performance compared to x264, with bitrate savings reaching up to 50% especially at the higher resolutions. x265 outperforms libvpx for almost all resolutions and quality metrics, but the performance gap narrows (or even reverses) at 1080p.

So the highest resolution they tested was 1080p and performance between the 2 codecs was very close with libvpx beating out x265 in some cases. As far as bandwidth goes, saving at 1080p and above is more valuable than saving at 480p. Practically everything we watch at home is streamed 1080p. I don't see that x265 is the winner here. And where are the 4k tests?

Comment Re:Bad Choice of Location (Score 1) 222

They're also very old and only interested in profit today. They have no interest in anything that requires real investment. Every serious energy projection shows renewables including wind and solar beating out coal and grid storage coming online. But the fact is, these old farts won't be around for another decade and could care less.

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

It's all relative, right. My Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel can do nearly 700 miles on a tank. Should someone with a Civic have range anxiety because they can only do 350 miles? No, because even on longer trips, most of us stop every 2-3 hours even if we don't need fuel because we're not masochists.

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

Honda Civic starts at $18k. I bought a 2001 new for $14k, so you must be older than me to think they go for $12k ;-) Average price for a new car is $32k, so that's the mainstream target.

For those that can, charging at home is soooooooo much better than stopping and filling at the gas station. That's my experience. For apartments and condos, even a few cheap 110V outlets is a good start and would be sufficient for day to day charging.

There is a huge opportunity being overlooked here though. How many businesses would jump at the chance to have a customer for 30-60 minutes. I've already seen shopping centers with Level 2 chargers. I think as more EVs hit the road we'll see a charging infrastructure in restaurants, grocery stores, movie theatres, malls, and so on. Chargers pretty much everywhere.

Comment Re:I'm just here (Score 1) 303

"The climate change proponents ask for a lot."

All I (and I suspect most rational people) want is for deniers to quit acting like it's all a hoax or that there's this huge uncertainty. You don't need to lift a finger since science and engineering is obviously not your field ("The science" is actually a mass of utterly impenetrable papers - tens of thousands of them, all refering to each other, and usually without complete data sets. Almost no one can read and understand them all.").

It's not like we're trying to control the climate (a statement I frequently hear from deniers). We're already manipulating the climate because we're changing the atmospheric composition with emissions. The goal is to STOP changing the atmosphere and therefore STOP affecting the climate.

"the only thing they are interested in is reducing the rest of humanity to a standard of living last seen before electricity became a thing"

Bull shit. I heard Rush Limbaugh say the same thing today. Just as we used to burn wood, and moved on after we saw the forests were becoming depleted, it's time to move on again. You can be part of the problem or part of the solution.

Comment Re:Fool and his money are soon parted (Score 1) 303

Can you post a link to this study please? I'm assuming the wind solar numbers don't include storage. It would be interesting to run these with storage at projected values (say $150 and $100 per kWh) . Time is certainly a factor as is resiliency. For instance, 20 distributed battery backed solar installs would be more resilient than a single nuclear plant.

Comment Re:Fool and his money are soon parted (Score 4, Informative) 303

I checked out the second article and followed the sources. The root source was http://ufosightingshotspot.blo.... What a crock.

And from the first article you linked to: "one scientist's controversial theory" That says it all. If it had merit, other scientists would follow up.

The people who SHOULD be embarassed are the ones yelling "hoax" and screaming "government grants" and "government conspiracy", while ignoring the largest and biggest financial interests, oil and gas. Unfortunately, in a country where Donald Trump can be a presidential contender, who knows. When the denial finally ends, they'll probably just blame Obama like they do for everything else.

Comment Re:Makes sense (Score 1) 238

While I mostly agree with you and would prefer a subsidy free solution, you left out an important economic factor. External costs. Hard to measure and define, but very real and econ 101 stuff. Burning stuff pumped out of the ground and into the air has a cost associated with it that the beneficiaries do not pay. One argument FOR tax breaks for stuff is to level the playing field in this respect. The other option to factor in externalities is to tax them as in a tax on pollution.

So just playing devil's advocate. An EV buyer gets a $7500 tax credit. That's $7500 of what they owe the IRS that they don't have to pay. 150,000 miles @ 20 mpg average for a Tesla sized sedan is 7500 gallons of gasoline. That's 7500 gallons not drilled, pumped, transported, refined, transported, pumped, and burned. With some portion of the oil possibly imported from national enemies. That's 22,500 lbs. of CO2 possibly not put into the atmosphere. That's $18,750 not paid for gasoline at $2.50 per gallon. Now where that energy DOES come from will determine how advantageous it is. Though in nearly any case, electricity generation wins out over oil and it is 100% domestic. From an energy perspective It is certainly beneficial environmentally, nationally, and financially. How beneficial? Someone put a number of $7500 on it.

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