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Policy and solutions / Re: Tesla glory/failure
« on: June 18, 2019, 04:25:29 PM »
From the Maxwell link I posted above:
Traditional solvent-based electrode coating methods consume a large part of the production process. In the following figure, each processing step’s size on the page is approximately proportional to the plant area. The area just for the electrode preparation, coating, evaporation and evaporant recovery is almost 1/3 of the total plant area.

Special machines lay a thin layer of slurry onto copper or aluminum sheets to make the electrodes. Then, in a continuous manner, the coated electrode sheets go through a large, long oven used to evaporate the solvent. The solvent must also be recovered and reused.

All this solvent-based slurry manufacturing equipment is expensive and consumes 15% of the total capital equipment costs. ...

Policy and solutions / Re: Extinction Rebellion
« on: June 16, 2019, 08:19:56 PM »
Don't know about Gandhi, but there are also rich and powerful people supporting Greta, otherwise she would still be with a smal group of people in Stockholm. Having been active against different projects, I know the difference if there is support or not. As an activist, you can contact the press, but you don't choose if and how you are published.
I agree that some secrecy might be needed in order to be able to inform of future events.

I suspect quite a number of oligarchs would prefer to avoid collapse of civilization, too.

Policy and solutions / Re: Extinction Rebellion
« on: May 20, 2019, 05:39:31 AM »
Politics, economics and culture all need energy, plastics, transportation, healthcare, education and food. All those things in turn have the potential for CO2 emissions.

That is a wicked problem because it can't be solved with political campaigns, economic policy or cultural shifts alone. The problem must be solved by using science and engineering before politics, economics and culture changes can implement the solution.

I hate sounding like a debby downer.
The only EV dealership just closed down in my poor ass city.  Public transportation here is a joke. The city is bending-over-backwards to build more suburbs.  If you don't have a car, you're fucked.
So excuse me if I seem bitter in these threads. People telling me that we should yield to Musk & Uber. Let these corporations control more of our lives. Let them be our saviours. Rich assholes like Musk and his investors got us into this mess. Now we have to beg for them to save us from climate change. We're like a bunch of abused dogs. It makes me sick.

Zizek, the angry tone and expletive-ridden content of your posts makes visiting the Forum a pain rather than a pleasure.  I am setting you to Ignore.

Have a nice day.

- Sigmetnow

U.S.:  Judge Orders EPA to Produce Science behind Pruitt’s Warming Claims
The EPA head has suggested humans are not the main cause of climate change
Not long after he took over as EPA administrator, Pruitt appeared on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” where he was asked about carbon dioxide and climate change. He said, “I would not agree that it’s a primary contributor to the global warming that we see.”

The next day, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, or PEER, filed a Freedom of Information Act request seeking the studies Pruitt used to make his claims. Specifically, the group requested “EPA documents that support the conclusion that human activity is not the largest factor driving global climate change.”

On Friday, the chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Beryl Howell, ordered the agency to comply. ...

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