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Comment Re:TL;DR something you claim is cogent...? (Score 1) 207

Also 18 August: A subgroup of the IAU formed which opposed the proposal. An astronomer in the group (aka, someone who studies stars, not planets) - Julio Ãngel FernÃndez - made up his own "cleared the neighborhood" definition.

While we're taking role titles literally, don't forget that as an astronomer, Sr Fernandez is only responsible for naming stars, not actually studying them.

Comment Re: Clearly (Score 1) 194

Baseline Bullshit - you simply build your generating capacity across the grid. Coal and nuclear power is already moved hundreds of miles over power lines, so space your solar and wind generation across the same distance - the chances of a region being windless and sunless over hundreds of miles at a time is zero.

No it isn't. I wish it was, but for practical purposes of generating electricity, it's nowhere near zero.

Excess energy can be stored in hydrostatic batteries - pump water into a reservoir, then release the water to move a turbine to generate power when needed.

This is *exactly* what needs to happen, and fast. Unfortunately hydro power (what this is) is embroiled with NIMBYism so difficult to build new plants.

Before dismissing that idea, remember that all your phancy pants nuclear power plants do is heat water - to move a turbine to generate electricity.

No need to be rude.

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