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Utilities Face Billions In Losses From Distributed Renewables

WalksOnDirt Re:Predictions (280 comments)

More prosaically, and more accurately, I can predict the Sun will rise in the morning, or that it will be colder here in a month.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

WalksOnDirt Re:Hide your cables (516 comments)

However the U.S. has the distinction as being the third most populous country, as well as the third largest in geographical size...

The USA is only the fourth largest country by area (Russia, Canada, China).

about three weeks ago
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How the World's Agricultural Boom Has Changed CO2 Cycles

WalksOnDirt Re:Corn Subsidies (186 comments)

Aren't cows a leading cause of CO2?

No, that's methane. Any carbon dioxide cows produce will be transient. Methane will eventually decay to carbon dioxide, but it will take decades. Still, that's short enough that I don't particularly care about cows.

about three weeks ago
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How the World's Agricultural Boom Has Changed CO2 Cycles

WalksOnDirt Re:Problem? (186 comments)

It's an academic problem.

True enough, and perhaps the scientists think so, but it's being reported as "...this will directly correlate to an exponential rise in the levels of atmospheric" carbon dioxide (from the article).

I don't think so.

about three weeks ago
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How the World's Agricultural Boom Has Changed CO2 Cycles

WalksOnDirt Problem? (186 comments)

How is this supposed to be a problem? The plants are sucking out more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere while they are growing, then releasing as they decay. It's interesting that it is noticeable, and bravo for measuring it, but I don't see any troubles that this will cause.

about three weeks ago
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The Downside to Low Gas Prices

WalksOnDirt Sure, but how? (554 comments)

I can agree the gas tax needs to go up, particularly the federal one. Will congress agree? I doubt it.

about a month ago
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UN Climate Change Panel: It's Happening, and It's Almost Entirely Man's Fault

WalksOnDirt Re:Obviously. (695 comments)

Then the question becomes, what to do with all that tax money... :)

Everyone gets an equal share of it back. Trying to keep the government's hand out of it is the hardest part.

about a month and a half ago
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Interviews: Ask CMI Director Alex King About Rare Earth Mineral Supplies

WalksOnDirt Gallium, indium, and tantalum? (62 comments)

Gallium, indium, and tantalum are not rare earths. They are all much to rare for that.

about a month and a half ago
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UN Climate Change Panel: It's Happening, and It's Almost Entirely Man's Fault

WalksOnDirt Re:Obviously. (695 comments)

What carbon would you like to tax?

All fossil carbon.

The electricity people use? Or just some portion based on percentage of generation?

Only the part that comes from fossil carbon.

Or do you include everyone with wood-burning fireplaces? Do you buy wood pellet stoves for everyone?

No. Whether they are allowed is a separate issue.

More for coal? Less for nuclear?

More tax on coal and less tax on nuclear, yes.

Who is poor? What about the middle class - sounds like AGAIN they get to pay the VAST MAJORITY, when they have already been squeezed and squeezed and have lost the value of their wages for 40 YEARS and now you want to take MORE?? Not only that, you want them to pay more for power AND more for power for the POOR that they are already helping support???

The middle class should, on average, break even. We need to discourage the use of fossil carbon while doing as little harm to the economy as possible. Cap-and-trade is worse.

about a month and a half ago
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UN Climate Change Panel: It's Happening, and It's Almost Entirely Man's Fault

WalksOnDirt Re:Obviously. (695 comments)

No, I want people who use more energy to pay more for the environmental consequences. The fact that the rich use more on average means that some poor may gain. I'm ok with that.

about a month and a half ago
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Ferguson No-Fly Zone Revealed As Anti-Media Tactic

WalksOnDirt What a surprise (not) (265 comments)

Somebody should go to jail over this.

It won't happen, though.

about a month and a half ago
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In this year's US mid-term elections ...

WalksOnDirt Libertarian? I wish... (551 comments)

There are no Libertarians on my ballot. I did vote mostly for them in the primary, but with the ballot changes in California none of them made it to the general election.

Mind you, I support the change. We just need to be more successful in the primary.

about a month and a half ago
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UN Climate Change Panel: It's Happening, and It's Almost Entirely Man's Fault

WalksOnDirt Re:Obviously. (695 comments)

I don't know what the answer is, but adding more taxes to everything, and raising prices on all of it, doesn't seem like a workable plan.

I think a carbon tax is the only workable plan. If you rebate the tax on a per capita basis the poor should end up with more.

Finding the political will to do this may be difficult.

about a month and a half ago
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Imagining the Future History of Climate Change

WalksOnDirt Re: I'm sick of this shit. (495 comments)

It seems to me they are more interested in whining about the problem than doing the hard work of finding a solution.

Finding a solution is easy. In fact, there are several of them. Getting everybody follow one is hard, and many don't see the need for any of them.

about a month and a half ago
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Fusion and Fission/LFTR: Let's Do Both, Smartly

WalksOnDirt Re:Fission = bad, but not super-bad (218 comments)

As I recall even thorium will only provide several centuries at 100%, though we could increase that by an order of magnitude by developing seawater extraction technology.

You don't get thorium from seawater; there isn't enough there. Uranium can be recovered from the ocean, and there is enough thorium on land to last nearly forever.

about 2 months ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

WalksOnDirt Re:Nuclear binding energy WAS:Hoax (986 comments)

Yes, nickel is the most stable isotope, but hydrogen is not. There is quite a bit of energy released by combining a proton with any stable isotope of nickel.

I am not saying that Rossi isn't a fraud. He surely is. There are multiple problems with his demonstration, including the total lack of radiation, the conversion of almost all the nickel to nickel-62, the suspect calorimetry, the disappearance of one isotope of Be and the creation of another. But a lack of energy from combining nickel and hydrogen isn't one of them.

about 2 months ago
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Exxon and Russian Operation Discovers Oil Field Larger Than the Gulf of Mexico

WalksOnDirt Re:In highschool (201 comments)

The Russian find is 300 or so metres down and thus it is easy oil.

In the Kara Sea? That is a much rougher place to work than in the Gulf of Mexico. I'm sure they will eventually manage, but I wouldn't call it easy.

about 3 months ago
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Update: At Least 31 People Feared Dead After Japan Volcano Erupts

WalksOnDirt Re:No warning? (54 comments)

Pretty smart. There were Italian scientists convicted of not warning about an earthquake.

about 3 months ago
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US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

WalksOnDirt Re:I Voted For Kodos. (342 comments)

I voted for Kang.

Really, he was on the ballot.

about 3 months ago
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Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

WalksOnDirt Re:Maybe 40k (393 comments)

In their conference call Tesla stated their intention was to continue using cylindrical cells, but that the size would be increased by about 30%. Sorry, I didn't save the link.

about 3 months ago

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Callisto May Explode

WalksOnDirt WalksOnDirt writes  |  more than 6 years ago

WalksOnDirt (704461) writes "Russian scientist Eduard Drobyshevsky suggests in Pravda that the conductive icy shells of the moons of outer planets can under go electrolysis because of movement through magnetic fields. The resulting hydrogen and oxygen can explode, endangering Earth. He says Titan's explosion 10,000 years ago created Saturn's rings, and when Calisto goes it will lead to nuclear winters on Earth."

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