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Policy and solutions / Re: Nuclear Power
« on: January 14, 2018, 04:56:38 PM »
”The effort to address climate change can no longer afford to focus exclusively on emissions.”

Thoughtful response to the Holthaus article.

Nuclear Is Not the Answer
Eric Holthaus has become one the best climate journalists in the country over the past few years, but his most recent article promoting nuclear power demonstrates why the effort to address climate change can no longer afford to focus exclusively on emissions. There are a lot of problems with Holthaus’ article, some of which likely stem from his use of Jesse Jenkins and Michael Shellenberger as sources. Jenkins and Shellenberger have spent their careers promoting techno-salvation and denigrating environmentalism. Their influence is particularly evident in the fact that Holthaus literally starts his article with a conclusion that nuclear power is necessary.

We can’t have a serious discussion about nuclear power without talking about democracy.  Nuclear proponents argue that nuclear power can be done safely and with minimal waste. Even if that is true, it is also certainly true that nuclear power can be done less safely by cutting corners in ways that increase the profits of the corporations who own the plants. And the consequences of cutting those corners can be catastrophic. That’s why it is so critical that if we are going to be embracing extremely high-risk technology, we need a government and regulatory agencies that are not willing to compromise public safety for corporate profits. We don’t have such a system. Not by any stretch of the imagination. Until we end corporate personhood, we don’t have a governing structure that can handle the responsibility of nuclear power.
...
As sea levels rise and predictions for future sea level rise keep increasing, it can’t make sense to be building nuclear power plants near shorelines. But if we build them inland, the increased water shortages caused by climate change will be an ever-increasing problem for nuclear power, which uses more water than any other power source. With a diversified energy system of renewables, we can afford a few mistakes in our planning, experimentation, and development. With nuclear power, we can’t afford a single mistake.
...
http://www.timdechristopher.org/nuclear_is_not_the_answer

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Policy and solutions / Re: Oil and Gas Issues
« on: January 14, 2018, 03:22:20 PM »
There are U.S. laws protecting free speech.  But there are others that forbid corporations from intentionally misleading investors.

Exxon Ramps Up Free Speech Argument in Fighting Climate Fraud Investigations
The oil giant wants a court to block state investigations into whether it misled investors on climate change, while it continues to promote a degree of uncertainty.
https://insideclimatenews.org/news/13012018/exxon-climate-change-investor-fraud-investigations-lawsuit-free-speech-new-york

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Policy and solutions / Re: Cars, cars and more cars. And trucks, and....
« on: January 14, 2018, 03:06:44 PM »
Californians showing a fair amount of interest in seeing the all-electric Tesla Model 3.  ;)

Model 3 Has Tesla Store Debut In Los Angeles, Gets Mobbed
https://www.forbes.com/sites/brookecrothers/2018/01/13/model-3-has-tesla-store-debut-in-los-angeles-gets-mobbed/

Tesla Model 3 attracts large crowds with first display cars
https://electrek.co/2018/01/13/tesla-model-3-attracts-large-crowds-with-first-display-cars/

What I love most about this is that it shows that there is a lot of interest in electric vehicles, despite the low market penetration to date. Although California is something of a special case because of Tesla (and being, well, California ;)), it indicates the demand is there.  If automakers produced a great EV today, they would have no trouble selling it.

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Policy and solutions / Re: Batteries: Today's Energy Solution
« on: January 14, 2018, 02:51:07 PM »
Here’s an article from last October the Union of Concerned Scientists:
https://blog.ucsusa.org/josh-goldman/electric-vehicles-batteries-cobalt-and-rare-earth-metals

Tesla plans to make battery recycling an important part of its Gigafactory operations in future years.  As Elon Musk said, why go to the expense of mining/processing/transporting raw materials, when you have the finished product readily available to you?

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“The case for divestment, it’s in part based on ethical issues … but most of it is based on risk, on the assessment fossil fuels are increasingly risky. That’s a trend environmental regulations won’t change.”

Growing fossil fuel divestment movement poses challenges for Alberta energy industry
http://calgaryherald.com/news/politics/growing-fossil-fuel-divestment-movement-poses-challenges-for-alberta-energy-industry

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Policy and solutions / Re: Cars, cars and more cars. And trucks, and....
« on: January 14, 2018, 04:07:59 AM »
Californians showing a fair amount of interest in seeing the all-electric Tesla Model 3.  ;)

Model 3 Has Tesla Store Debut In Los Angeles, Gets Mobbed
https://www.forbes.com/sites/brookecrothers/2018/01/13/model-3-has-tesla-store-debut-in-los-angeles-gets-mobbed/

Tesla Model 3 attracts large crowds with first display cars
https://electrek.co/2018/01/13/tesla-model-3-attracts-large-crowds-with-first-display-cars/

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Policy and solutions / Re: Cars, cars and more cars. And trucks, and....
« on: January 14, 2018, 04:03:36 AM »
Perhaps “Jeremy Clarkson relents, buys first EV” around 2024 is one of the best examples of an EV tipping point. ;) ;D

Hadn't you heard? Jeremy has relented already!
...

Mugging for the camera is one thing.  (And they still made sure to show an EV running out of charge — unnecessarily.  :-\
But I want to see him paying good money for his own electric car... because he wants to!

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Consequences / Re: Floods
« on: January 13, 2018, 07:36:22 PM »
“Slider” comparison photos; maps.

Before and after the mudslides in Montecito, California
https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2018/national/montecito-before-after/

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Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: January 13, 2018, 07:33:14 PM »
Good review of U.S. offshore wind projects.

After an Uncertain Start, U.S. Offshore Wind Is Powering Up
After years of delays, the U.S. offshore wind industry is finally gaining momentum, with new projects being planned along the Atlantic coast. So far, the Trump administration seems to be regarding offshore wind as one form of renewable energy it can support.
http://e360.yale.edu/features/after-an-uncertain-start-u-s-offshore-wind-is-powering-up

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Consequences / Re: 2018 Droughts
« on: January 13, 2018, 02:53:56 PM »
Hopefully  one day that brine can be separated into usefull components and sold, making the economics of desal competitive.

Lithium...?

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/538036/quest-to-mine-seawater-for-lithium-advances/

https://gigaom.com/2010/03/10/will-seawater-stave-off-a-lithium-squeeze/

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Policy and solutions / Re: Cars, cars and more cars. And trucks, and....
« on: January 13, 2018, 02:39:44 PM »
Sleepy, thanks for the hi-res version of the infographic.

Perhaps “Jeremy Clarkson relents, buys first EV” around 2024 is one of the best examples of an EV tipping point. ;) ;D

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Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: January 13, 2018, 02:27:20 PM »
Canadian wind power at 2.4¢/kWh – no incentives:

Alberta (Canada) says Haaay! ;)

Our recent wind tender signed 600MW of contracts for a median price of CAD$37/MWh (USD$29.60), with the lowest being CAD$30.90 (USD$24.70). No subsidies.  https://www.aeso.ca/assets/Uploads/REP-Infographic.pdf

https://twitter.com/bcshaffer/status/951570949416960000

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Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: January 13, 2018, 02:24:47 PM »
India has started the second batch of bids on their march to 20GW this year. It’s amazing – we now see GW numbers thrown around on a regular basis. 2018 is going to see 20GW+ from India and 50GW+ from China. That’s 70-80GW for 2.6 billion people. Thank you folks.
https://electrek.co/2018/01/12/egeb-new-york-city-sue-exxon/

India: SECI postpones 2 GW tender, extends manufacturing deadline
The Solar Energy Corporation of India has postponed the 2 GW PV project tender until further notice. The company has also extended the deadline for expression of interest for setting up the solar manufacturing plant in India until January 29.
https://www.pv-magazine.com/2018/01/12/india-seci-postpones-2-gw-tender-extends-manufacturing-deadline/

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Policy and solutions / Re: Nuclear Power
« on: January 13, 2018, 05:34:37 AM »
Nuclear power plants feel like geoengineering to me:  a dangerous experiment, with the outcome not yet determined, likely unforeseen, and often ignored.  “Everything’s OK — so far!”

As compared to a ‘massive solar spill’ being a sunny day. :)

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Policy and solutions / Re: Solar Roadways
« on: January 13, 2018, 05:12:39 AM »
From the SR Facebook page today:

Solar Roadways Update:
We just returned from a wonderful trip to Texas for meetings late Tuesday night. We are so excited to have so many wonderful interested customers.

In spite of getting hit by a lot of snow again this week, the panels are keeping up quite well. After Christmas, one day we noticed a problem with some panels not keeping up. We shoveled them to use a thermal imager to diagnose and fix the problem. It turned out to be some loose connections in the electrical closet. We are collecting data and making adjustments to the temperature profile, which is really helping us in designing SR4, which will be the model first offered to customers. We want to keep the heating elements at the lowest setting that will keep the panels clear. When we really get clobbered, like one day recently when we got a foot of snow in one day, they can’t quite keep up in real time but they recover in short order. Overall, we are pleased but will keep fine tuning over the winter.

Scott needs some very specific engineering help in designing SR4. If this is you or someone you know, he would love to hear from you:
Embedded Systems Programmer
Experience needed:
Atmel AVR - we're currently using the ATmega256RFR2
Atmel Studio 7
AVR/GNU C
OTAU - experience required
WDT, TWI, SPI, ADC, RF network, external memory access
Our testing software is in Delphi (RAD Studio 10). Knowledge of this would be helpful, but not necessary.
...
https://www.facebook.com/solarroadways/posts/10154852608712126
Photos at the link.

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Policy and solutions / Re: Cars, cars and more cars. And trucks, and....
« on: January 13, 2018, 01:04:49 AM »
No more ICE cars sold by 2040, impossible? Erik Fairbairn says, "Easy!". Details in this excellent Fully Charged video:
...

Great video!

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Policy and solutions / Re: Boring, boring ol' Elon Musk...
« on: January 12, 2018, 10:17:57 PM »
Why we need Musk’s (future) faster and cheaper boring machines — and lots of them — ASAP!

The Most Awful Transit Center in America Could Get Unimaginably Worse
Think Penn Station is bad? Let’s go into the crumbling, disaster-prone tunnels that lie beneath.
To get to New York’s Penn Station, every northbound Amtrak passenger makes the last leg of their journey, through tunnels beneath the Hudson River, in the dark. Trust me: They should be glad. One day this autumn, an Acela pulls into Newark, N.J., and a railway spokesman escorts me onto the rear engine car, where we stand and take in the view facing backward. As we descend into one of the Hudson tunnels—there are two, both 107 years old, finished in the same year the Wright brothers built their first airplane factory—a supervisor flips on the rear headlights, illuminating the ghastly tubes.

Our train (unsurprisingly) is operating at reduced speed because of an electrical glitch, which just gives us more time to gawk at the damage. There are eerie, nearly fluorescent white stains on the tunnel walls that look like they were painted by a giant with a roller brush. The pale swaths are remnants of the salt water that inundated the passages five years ago, during Hurricane Sandy. Sulfates and chlorides have been eating away at the concrete ever since, exposing reinforcement bars underneath. “Keep your eyes peeled,” says Craig Schulz, the affable Amtrak spokesman, “and you’ll see some of these areas where there is literally just crumbling concrete.”

As we emerge into the bowels of Penn Station, Schulz points to wooden flood doors above the tunnel entrances. They were installed during World War II to hold back the river if the tubes were torpedoed by a Nazi submarine. In the gloom, the doors look a full century older than their vintage. They seem more suited for a dungeon than a modern rail system like this one—the Northeast Corridor, which runs from Boston to Washington, D.C., serving an area that generates a fifth of U.S. gross domestic product. Before we step off the train, Schulz repeats Amtrak’s mantra: The storm-ravaged tunnels are safe, for now, but the railroad doesn’t know how long it will be able to keep them in service. ...
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-01-10/the-most-awful-transit-center-in-america-could-get-unimaginably-worse

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Policy and solutions / Re: Cars, cars and more cars. And trucks, and....
« on: January 12, 2018, 10:11:26 PM »
I have a link now, but it's not english. And they are not talking about autonomous ships. The small ones have a battery the size of a container, and can operate for 15 hours. The big ones have 4 of these batteries and can operate for 35 hours. And it takes 4 hours to charge the battery.

http://www.engineeringnet.be/belgie/detail_belgie.asp?Id=19947&category=nieuws&titel=Wereldprimeur:%20elektrische%20binnenvaartschepen%20tussen%20Nederland%20en%20België

The illustration looks like the one referenced here:

Large ‘Tesla ships’ all-electric container barges are launching this autumn
The Dutch company Port-Liner is building two giant all-electric barges dubbed the ‘Tesla ships‘. The company announced that the vessels will be ready by this autumn and will be inaugurated by sailing the Wilhelmina canal in the Netherlands.

The 100 million-euro project supported by a €7m subsidy from the European Union is expected to have a significant impact on local transport between the ports of Amsterdam, Antwerp, and Rotterdam.
...

The battery-powered barges... are capable of carrying 280 containers.   The first 6 barges are expected to remove 23,000 trucks from the roads annually in the Netherlands and replace them with zero-emission transport.

Port-Liner is developing its own vessels, but they developed a battery pack technology that houses the batteries inside a container.  Meegen says that it could allow them to retrofit existing barges:

“This allows us to retrofit barges already in operation, which is a big boost for the industry’s green energy credentials.  The containers are charged onshore by carbon-free energy provider Eneco, which sources solar power, windmills and renewables.”

The first vessels will complete their maiden voyage later this year. ...
  https://electrek.co/2018/01/12/large-tesla-ships-all-electric-barges/

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Policy and solutions / Re: Solar Roadways
« on: January 12, 2018, 09:59:58 PM »
Thieves has obviously not followed this thread.

 LOL! ;D

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Policy and solutions / Re: Cars, cars and more cars. And trucks, and....
« on: January 12, 2018, 09:55:41 PM »

Today, GM unveiled the first image of its upcoming autonomous fourth-generation Bolt EV-based vehicle – the “first without a steering wheel or pedal.”

The automaker also says that it filed a petition asking the DOT permission to deploy the vehicle as soon as next year.

https://electrek.co/2018/01/12/gm-unveils-autonomous-bolt-ev-without-steering-wheel-pedal/

This is the turning point.

GM seems to be moving forward with autonomous driving by limiting the roads the car will drive on, e.g. “Anywhere in San Francisco.”  The SuperCruise driver-assist software in their Cadillac only works on (some) highways, so I bet the ride-share app works by geo-fencing tricky spots in SF the car simply won’t go.

This can certainly work for many AV applications!  Tesla is taking a different approach, using AI to train their cars (via a central brain and a super-computer in each car) to deal with thousands of situations experienced every day by its fleet — and by incorporating an ultra-precise navigation system that should be pushed out to the fleet soon.  But it’s taking longer than expected.

Good to see different approaches being tried, with differing equipment and different timelines.

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Policy and solutions / Re: Batteries: Today's Energy Solution
« on: January 12, 2018, 09:26:19 PM »
Fox Business:
Battery technology allows 700-mile range on one-minute charge: Henrik Fisker

Jan. 09, 2018 - 2:52 - Fisker CEO Henrik Fisker on the company's electric car battery technology.

The video clip claimed "500" (not "700") miles on a one-minute charge in the not-too-distant future.  Currently, something like 150 miles on a nine-minute charge is available for a $129,000 (sticker price) car.

Maybe 700 miles is the NEDC range?  ;) ;D

Here’s more on the claimed solid state battery tech.  Don’t hold your breath waiting for it, though.

https://electrek.co/2017/11/14/fisker-solid-state-battery-breakthrough-electric-cars/

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Policy and solutions / Re: Oil and Gas Issues
« on: January 12, 2018, 09:04:54 PM »
But of course!

Oil Giants See a Future in Offshore Wind Power. Their Suppliers Are Investing, Too.
Transporting an offshore wind array from the factory floor to the ocean floor is no easy feat. Giant, specialized marine vessels must carry the blades and turbines—which sit atop rigs hundreds of feet tall—out miles from shore. Steel or concrete foundations are built to hold them in place, and underwater cables are laid on the seabed to transfer the power to land.

One other industry has spent decades constructing and maintaining such massive energy infrastructure that can survive the storms of the open ocean: oil and gas. Now, with global demand for wind power growing, major oil and gas companies like Shell and Statoil are diversifying their portfolios by developing offshore wind, and the companies that provide services to offshore fossil fuel platforms are seeing a new market rising in their wake.

"Offshore wind developing seemed like a natural skill set for offshore oil and gas companies," said Stephen Bull, senior vice president of wind and carbon capture storage for Statoil, a Norwegian oil and gas company. "From the Gulf of Mexico to Brazil and beyond, we see a similar supply chain and skill set and can grow within this area." ...
https://insideclimatenews.org/news/11012018/offshore-wind-turbines-oil-gas-industry-renewable-energy-investment-shell-statoil-block-island

(Cross-posted to the Renewable Energy thread.)

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Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: January 12, 2018, 09:04:18 PM »
But of course!

Oil Giants See a Future in Offshore Wind Power. Their Suppliers Are Investing, Too.
Transporting an offshore wind array from the factory floor to the ocean floor is no easy feat. Giant, specialized marine vessels must carry the blades and turbines—which sit atop rigs hundreds of feet tall—out miles from shore. Steel or concrete foundations are built to hold them in place, and underwater cables are laid on the seabed to transfer the power to land.

One other industry has spent decades constructing and maintaining such massive energy infrastructure that can survive the storms of the open ocean: oil and gas. Now, with global demand for wind power growing, major oil and gas companies like Shell and Statoil are diversifying their portfolios by developing offshore wind, and the companies that provide services to offshore fossil fuel platforms are seeing a new market rising in their wake.

"Offshore wind developing seemed like a natural skill set for offshore oil and gas companies," said Stephen Bull, senior vice president of wind and carbon capture storage for Statoil, a Norwegian oil and gas company. "From the Gulf of Mexico to Brazil and beyond, we see a similar supply chain and skill set and can grow within this area." ...
https://insideclimatenews.org/news/11012018/offshore-wind-turbines-oil-gas-industry-renewable-energy-investment-shell-statoil-block-island

(Cross-posted to the Oil and Gas thread.)

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...

Perhaps we need another thread - Trump Administration assaults on the natural environment ?

Not a bad idea.  But I also feel the fewer Trump threads, the better. ;) :-\

I agree - compromise? Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Envionment ?

6roucho created the thread.  Looks like it will take more than an emperor to change it. ;)
It will come up the new way, in the Recent Posts list, if anyone changes it in their post.

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The Trump Administration has been quietly removing content from federal websites — here's the before and after
The Trump Administration is quietly changing things on .gov websites - and a group of academics and non-profits is keeping track.

The Environmental Data and Governance Initiative (EDGI) released a new report on Wednesday that details how references to our changing climate and greenhouse gases have been erased from federal webpages since President Donald Trump took office.

But new side-by-side comparisons from EDGI provide a kind of virtual trip back in time to the web before Trump took office, shedding light on the subtle ways that the administration is making it harder to track down information about climate change and alternative energy sources online. ...
https://amp.businessinsider.com/trump-administration-climate-change-references-scrubbed-from-websites-2018-1


Those daring rogues over at the National Park Service are restoring much of their site at a new link: https://altnps.org   
They are on Twitter as @ALTNPS
“We are happy to announce the launch of our new website after some slight setbacks yesterday. Our website will soon feature all the removed climate change information from federal websites by the Trump administration. Visit us at https://altnps.org/


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Science / Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
« on: January 12, 2018, 08:24:41 PM »
...

Perhaps we need another thread - Trump Administration assaults on the natural environment ?

Not a bad idea.  But I also feel the fewer Trump threads, the better. ;) :-\

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Consequences / Re: Volcanoes
« on: January 12, 2018, 08:17:43 PM »
The activity of #Agung is still high. Eruption on 11 January.
https://twitter.com/janinekrippner/status/951618434986594304
Brief video at the link.

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Policy and solutions / Re: Nuclear Power
« on: January 12, 2018, 08:15:08 PM »
Eric Holthaus’ article says we should take the nuclear option, because carbon emissions are still increasing:

It’s time to go nuclear in the fight against climate change
http://grist.org/article/its-time-to-go-nuclear-in-the-fight-against-climate-change/


And here are two brief Twitter threads presenting other views:

Dan Lashof:
My feed is blowing up with tweets about nuclear power stimulated by @EricHolthaus’s Grist post. I know better than to wade into these religious wars, but it makes me angry when otherwise smart people say dumb things about nuclear power, so here goes.
https://twitter.com/Dlashof/status/951860070035333120?s=17

Brendan Pierpont:
Eric's piece on nuclear power gets some things right, but relies on some nuclear industry talking points that don't pass muster in my view. Thoughts below. 1/
https://twitter.com/brendanpierpont/status/951885574813581312

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Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: January 12, 2018, 02:18:43 AM »
I’m sure you can quibble with the numbers, ;) but this is a fun way to think about how your personal solar system benefits the environment.  Especially since trees are increasingly in trouble in their own right....

Installing a 5-kW solar system eliminates as much carbon pollution as 5.6 acres of mature trees. It’s like waving your magic solar wand and spontaneously creating a new forest.
https://solarpowerrocks.com/environment/installing-solar-like-creating-small-mature-forest/

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Policy and solutions / Re: Oil and Gas Issues
« on: January 11, 2018, 09:39:01 PM »
Florida isn't alone.
The governors of New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, California, Oregon and Washington have all voiced opposition to offshore oil drilling as well.

Dropping Florida from Offshore Drilling Opens Legal Cracks in Zinke's Plan
The Trump administration wanted to open 90 percent of the U.S. coasts to oil and gas drilling. With states opposed and potential legal challenges, can it succeed?
https://insideclimatenews.org/news/10012018/trump-offshore-oil-drilling-leases-florida-legal-questions-zinke-california-new-york-oregon

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Consequences / Re: Health Effects of Climate Change
« on: January 11, 2018, 03:06:32 AM »
Alaska releases first detailed report on negative health impacts of climate change
On Monday, the state Division of Public Health released the first comprehensive report about the adverse health impacts climate change could have on Alaskans.

The sweeping list of potential health implications include the introduction of new diseases; an increase in accidents; an increase in anxiety and depression; a worsening allergy season; and increasingly dangerous hunting and harvesting conditions limiting subsistence activity.

State health officials say the 77-page report is meant to raise awareness of how climate change could impact public health in a state where, over the past century, the air and water temperatures have warmed faster than the rest of the country. ...
https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/health/2018/01/08/alaska-releases-first-statewide-report-on-negative-health-impacts-of-climate-change/

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Policy and solutions / Re: Batteries: Today's Energy Solution
« on: January 10, 2018, 09:12:41 PM »
* Tesla Model 3 code name was: BlueStar.

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Policy and solutions / Re: Cars, cars and more cars. And trucks, and....
« on: January 10, 2018, 09:03:11 PM »
Over here in August, they start operating 5 electrical  ships that can carry 24 containers . And 6 ships that can carry 240 containers. Mainly to bring the containers further inland from the ports. To keep trucks from the roads. We have a big network of channels.

Excellent! Where is "here"? Do you have a link to share?

(PS: you probably mean "canals" instead of "channels")

I don't have a link, it was in a newspaper. I will post a picture as soon as they start to operate. They were talking about 7000 of these ships in Europe. I think that's all of them together, but i'm not sure of it. In the canals there is no current. So maybe they need stronger ones for the rivers. But i don't know it for sure. These are for the canals.

If this is not the ship you are referring to, perhaps it is similar?

A new all-electric and autonomous cargo ship is planned for operation in 2018
https://electrek.co/2017/05/11/all-electric-autonomous-cargo-ship/

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Policy and solutions / Re: Cars, cars and more cars. And trucks, and....
« on: January 10, 2018, 08:49:26 PM »
With focus on China and reducing battery costs at scale, GM intends to be profitable on EVs by 2021

...but only in China, while they keep a “traditional focus in North America on trucks, sport utility vehicles and cars fueled with petroleum.”  :-\

https://electrek.co/2018/01/09/gm-evs-china-profits/

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Policy and solutions / Re: Batteries: Today's Energy Solution
« on: January 10, 2018, 08:40:07 PM »
South Australia, Victoria, and now Queensland. Big battery installations on a roll in Australia!

Tesla and Neoen Deal Would Outdo Record-Breaking Battery Down Under
The developers of the world’s biggest lithium-ion battery project may surpass their own record as French renewable-energy developer Neoen SAS looks into building another supersized unit in Australia with Elon Musk’s Tesla Inc.

A battery with capacity surpassing the old project’s 100 megawatts may be developed at Neoen’s Kaban Green Power Hub, 80 kilometers (50 miles) southwest of Cairns in Queensland state, according to Garth Heron, Neoen’s head of wind development for Australia. Tesla may provide the battery given the two companies have already collaborated on two other renewable projects in Australia, he said.
...
Even if the Queensland battery surpasses 100 megawatts next year, it might still have competition for the title of world’s biggest. Hyundai Electric & Energy Systems Co. is building a 150-megawatt lithium-ion unit, 50 percent larger than Musk’s, that the company says will go live in a few months in Ulsan near the southeast coast of South Korea.

With battery prices tumbling by almost half since 2014, large-scale projects are popping up around the world. Developers announced lithium-ion battery projects with total capacity of 1,650 megawatts per hour in 2017, four times the amount for all of 2016, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

The South Australian battery has already proved its worth responding to outages from coal-fired generators in Australia’s national electricity market four times in December, by providing back-up power in a fraction of a second, according to Neoen.

“The response from the battery is almost instant in terms of its response to faults within the network,” Heron said. ...
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-09/tesla-neoen-deal-would-outdo-record-breaking-battery-down-under

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Policy and solutions / Re: Oil and Gas Issues
« on: January 10, 2018, 08:30:43 PM »
If this is not simply a political stunt to help Florida’s governor, why not address complaints from all the other coastal states with “unique tourism“ concerns which do not want drilling off their shores?

Ryan Zinke Removes Florida Waters From Offshore Drilling Plan
The Interior secretary’s move was immediately slammed as a political favor for Florida Gov. Rick Scott.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced late Tuesday that at the recommendation of Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) — whom he called a “straightforward leader that can be trusted” — he will remove the state’s coastal waters from consideration for future offshore oil drilling.

The decision came just days after the Trump administration released a sweeping new proposal to open nearly all U.S. waters, including huge swaths of the Arctic, Atlantic and Pacific oceans, to oil exploration. ...
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ryan-zinke-florida-offshore-drilling_us_5a55577ae4b0b117f88064ce

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Policy and solutions / Re: Oil and Gas Issues
« on: January 10, 2018, 08:22:57 PM »
New York City to Announce Climate Lawsuit Against Oil Companies
New York City is suing five major oil companies, becoming  the latest in a growing number of municipalities attempting to hold the industry accountable for damages caused by climate change.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is scheduled to make the announcement at a press conference Wednesday afternoon, where he is also expected to announce that the city will divest its pension funds of $5 billion in fossil fuel investments.

Damages sought in the suit will be used to cover infrastructure improvements needed to protect New Yorkers from the increasing effects of climate change, according to the Associated Press, which first reported the city’s plan. ...
https://www.climateliabilitynews.org/2018/01/10/new-york-city-climate-lawsuit-liability-bill-de-blasio/

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Policy and solutions / Re: Cars, cars and more cars. And trucks, and....
« on: January 10, 2018, 08:18:08 PM »
Here we go again:

U.S. law firm accuses Ford of rigging trucks to cheat emission tests
Jan 10 (Reuters) - A U.S. law firm accused Ford Motor Co of rigging its F-250 and F-350 Super Duty trucks with emissions-cheating devices to ensure they passed tests, according to a lawsuit filed on Wednesday.

The automaker manipulated the emissions system in violation of federal requirements and the affected trucks released twice the legal limits of emissions during normal driving, according to the lawsuit filed by Hagens Berman(graphic).

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, also names German auto supplier Robert Bosch GmbH as a defendant.
http://www.nasdaq.com/article/us-law-firm-accuses-ford-of-rigging-trucks-to-cheat-emission-tests-20180110-00802

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Policy and solutions / Re: Aviation
« on: January 10, 2018, 05:15:46 PM »
20 kWh battery gives 1 hour of quiet, non-polluting flight, with a 30-minute reserve.  (Any quieter and you’d have to be a glider. ;) )

“Slovenia-based light aircraft maker Pipistrel had its Alpha Electro all-electric plane approved for flight in Australia and now the plane is going into operation in Perth.”

A new battery-electric airplane goes into production as popularity grows with flight schools
https://electrek.co/2018/01/10/battery-electric-airplane-production-pipistrelp-alpha-electro/

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Consequences / Re: Floods
« on: January 10, 2018, 04:53:36 PM »
Repeated wildfires taught Californians to heed fire evacuation orders. But the acceptance isn’t there yet for floods. 

The county initially ordered 7,000 residents to evacuate and urged another 23,000 to do so voluntarily, but only 10 to 15 percent complied with mandatory orders.

California mudslide death toll up to 15 as rescues continue
http://www.nasdaq.com/article/california-mudslide-death-toll-up-to-15-as-rescues-continue-20180110-00631

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Consequences / Re: Floods
« on: January 10, 2018, 04:13:09 AM »
Unbelievable devastation... this is a drive westbound on Olive Mill Rd from Hot Springs in #Montecito. The lake at the end is the 101 [highway]. #Ventura
https://twitter.com/GadiNBC/status/950904876539588608
Video at the link.

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Policy and solutions / Re: Solar Roadways
« on: January 09, 2018, 10:08:27 PM »
Indeed.  As they said, the panels couldn’t keep up with a foot of snow, but it did melt most of it.  Their photo was not taken right after they shoveled everything clear, since there is still half-melted snow on top of some of the panels.

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Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: January 09, 2018, 09:57:19 PM »
Electrek reports solar roof installations for “regular customers” has begun.

Tesla starts solar roof tile installation process with regular customers, production starts at Gigafactory 2
https://electrek.co/2018/01/09/tesla-solar-roof-tile-installation-production-gigafactory-2/

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Policy and solutions / Re: Cars, cars and more cars. And trucks, and....
« on: January 09, 2018, 09:46:58 PM »
A $52,000 plug-in electric pickup truck w/ range extender receives over 5,000 fleet orders, opens reservation to the public
Ohio-based Workhorse is trying to be the first to market with a plug-in hybrid electric pickup truck.

The company claims to have accumulated over 5,300 orders for its truck since unveiling it last year and now it opens reservations to the public.
Workhorse’s W-15 is equipped with a unique hybrid powertrain technology.

They say it will get up to 80 miles on all-electric mode thanks to a very large 60 kWh battery pack (for a PHEV) – though they say that they are software-locking 20 kWh in capacity to reduce battery degradation.

There are two schools of thoughts on the matter. Some think it’s a waste of capacity and that they should let owners access the energy when needed, and others like not to have to worry about the battery losing capacity against the advertised range after a few years.

But the large battery pack is also useful to power tools on location for constructions workers and other hobbyists – with a 7.2 kW power system that allows owners to plug-in anything. ...
https://electrek.co/2018/01/09/workhorse-opens-reservation-electric-pickup-truck/

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Consequences / Re: Floods
« on: January 09, 2018, 09:39:04 PM »
At least 5 dead as heavy rains trigger flooding, mudflows and freeway closures across Southern California
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-rainfall-mudflow-20180109-story.html
Article includes video.

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Policy and solutions / Re: Coal
« on: January 09, 2018, 06:16:24 PM »

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Policy and solutions / Re: Solar Roadways
« on: January 09, 2018, 06:10:27 PM »

With the text :
We have been absolutely slammed with snow here in North Idaho over the past few weeks. This pic was taken after over a foot of snow fell in one day. The heating elements didnt quite keep up with that extreme but pretty close! #solarroadways

Apart from the picture showing that half of their panels failed, the claim that the panels were "pretty close" in melting snow is arguably fraudulent, since they just shoveled it..

Look again.  The shoveled area is completely separate from the area with the panels.

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Policy and solutions / Re: Oil and Gas Issues
« on: January 09, 2018, 06:04:47 PM »
The area in the China Seas where the Sanchi is burning has been called ‘the new Bermuda Triangle’ due to all the ship losses there.

Oil tanker Sanchi spilling slick after ship crash in 'new Bermuda triangle'
Thousands of tons of oil are at risk of leaking from the burning Iranian vessel following its collision with a Chinese freighter.
Last year, German newspaper Die Welt carried out research which found the South and East China Seas and the seas around Indochina, Indonesia, the Malay Peninsula, the Korean Peninsula and Japan were the most dangerous in the world.

Some 33 ships were lost in 2016, according to the paper.

The risks presented by the region's seas led Die Welt to headline the article "The new Bermuda Triangle lies in front of China".

The Bermuda Triangle was a mythical area of the Atlantic Ocean between the Caribbean and Bermuda where dozens of ships and planes inexplicably sank or went missing in the 19th and 20th centuries.
https://news.sky.com/story/oil-tanker-sanchi-spilling-slick-after-ship-crash-in-new-bermuda-triangle-11199123

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Policy and solutions / Re: Oil and Gas Issues
« on: January 09, 2018, 05:55:33 PM »
This Is What Caused Nordic American Tankers Limited's Jaw-Dropping 70.5% [stock price] Plunge in 2017
What happened
Last year was a tumultuous one for Nordic American Tankers Limited (NYSE:NAT), with the oil tanker company shedding nearly three-quarters of its value. Several factors contributed to the devastating slide, including plunging dayrates for tankers, which forced the company to take drastic action to shore up its financial situation. ...
https://www.fool.com/investing/2018/01/08/this-is-what-caused-nordic-american-tankers-limite.aspx

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Policy and solutions / Re: Cars, cars and more cars. And trucks, and....
« on: January 09, 2018, 05:51:38 PM »
“The Japanese automaker was quick to market with the Leaf launching in 2010. It’s not the best-selling all-electric car today, but it has accumulated a record number of deliveries over the years.”

Nissan delivers its 300,000th Leaf electric car
https://electrek.co/2018/01/08/nissan-delivers-its-300000th-leaf-electric-car/

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