Duffy

Duffy

  • Commented on WTF
    So are billionaires supposed to be the new saints, and are these bones the new relics that we capitalist pilgrims must travel to worship?...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    https://www.businessinsider.com/the-11-nations-of-the-united-states-2015-7#greater-appalachia-encompasses-parts-of-kentucky-tennessee-west-virginia-and-texas-5 Greater Appalachia encompasses parts of Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Texas. Colonized by settlers from the war-ravaged borderlands of Northern Ireland, northern England, and the Scottish lowlands, Greater Appalachia is stereotyped as the land of hillbillies and rednecks. Woodard...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    The availability of electric cars and trucks means we've now solved one part of the problem. Coal, oil, gas generation will be next, hopefully going away in that order. Once again you are basing your plans on technology that...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    Two questions. If your EV is charged by a coal or natgas burning power plant, what have you gained environmentally? If your car is charged by renewables, how much area of commercially available PVCs is required to keep charged for...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    You want a wafer fab with features a tiny fraction of the current size in five or six years time, then you need to start developing those technologies right now. You are describing improvements to existing technology, not the...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    All of you are talking about technologies that don't exist yet. Sorry, but that is poor planning on your part. Hope is not a plan....
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    Reactors are big piles of it, Yes and to make those big piles results in big spikes of GHG emissions. That's not something we can do without pushing the planet past its tipping point....
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    You're right, that should read "without" (I sometimes wish our host would allow an edit option). Anyhow, you're right. Civilization can't exist without the massive consumption of fossil fuels and subsequent massive emissions of GHGs. If we suddenly stopped using...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    To stop using these underground fossil fuels would require a massive build out of renewable energy sources (solar arrays, wind farms, etc.) which will require massive quantities of concrete, steel and plastics. Which in turn will create a massive spike...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    1/4 of all greenhouse gas emissions come from their manufacture: concrete 8% steel 11% fertilizer 2% plastics 4% total 25% This is significant, and will only increase. In round figures, production of the first three are projected to increase 2%...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    In addition to the problem of energy storage, fossil fuels are imply indispensable (and generate a significant portion of total greenhouse gases) in the manufacture of fertilizers, concrete steel and plastic - four substances that civilization can't exist with. See...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    If alternatives are found (either technically or geographically) they will be more expensive than li-ion. That will make the issue of energy storm worse, not better. Referencing back to the issue of pumped hydro earlier in the thread, we could...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    Time to take a cold hard bite of a reality sandwich. Peter Zeihan on "Why The EV Revolution won’t happen" - and why renewables won't save us. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fwdSyA6AB0...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    There used to be a lot of interest in using EV's hooked up to the grid while parking for energy storage and to provide energy when renewable energy supply was low: https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffmcmahon/2019/11/12/all-the-grid-batteries-we-need-and-more-will-soon-be-under-our-noses/?sh=3bb2504336e3 All The Energy Storage The Grid Needs Will...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    "This century the PREEs are all panicking." See "Trump, Putin and the Pipelines to Nowhere" https://thenearlynow.com/trump-putin-and-the-pipelines-to-nowhere-742d745ce8fd Again, the American media has failed to convey the magnitude of the costs of unchecked global warming. Those costs are profound already, today, as...
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    The neo-liberals provided the philosophical rationale for all that you describe, and the trade treaties that made them possible....
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    We'll keep the Senate and still have an outside chance to hold the House (best case projections for the GOP give them a mere 3 seat lead): Catherine Cortez Masto has been declared the winner in Nevada, keeping the Dem...
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    Aside from forestry and mining (whose jobs were mostly destroyed by automation), Each small town had a local factory or industry that provided its economic heartbeat. My wife's small town is one of the few lucky ones with a local...
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    No, I see this happening with a deep sadness. I work in Appalachia, the heart of Trump country. These people worked hard all of their lives, did what was expected, played by the rules. God knows they have their faults,...
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    In addition to the effects of long Covid-19 the MAGA community continues to be plagued by "deaths of despair" (obesity, diabetes, alcoholism, opioid overdose, etc.). In fact these outweigh the number of deaths resulting from refusal to vaccinate against Covid-19....
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    While the votes of young women angered and made fearful by SCOTUS overturning Roe may have been decisive in generating more Democratic votes, the secondary affect of excessive Covid-19 deaths caused by refusal to get vaccinated appears to have had...
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    If the Dems control both houses and the get rid of the filibuster expect changes. Big big changes....
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    Imagine if inflation was not a problem. The GOP would have been crushed yesterday, largely because of abortion and the fear that Republicans would pass a national ban if they were elected. Inflation won't be a problem by 2024. However,...
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    OMG, the Dems could still retain control of the House! We won't know until later this week. GOP performance rating: "piss poor"....
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    Biggest loser last night? Vladimir Putin. For years he has been feeding Russian oil oligarch money into the GOP via the NRA in order to influence the party. Didn't work out for him....
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    Expect a DeSantis v. Trump civil war. If he does not get the GOP nomination the narcissistic Mr. Trump will go 3rd party and split the right wing vote leading to a Blue tsunami in 2024. All in all a...
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    we can hoipe that the R's do not get control of the US Senate Both Hobbs and Kelly look like winners: https://apps.npr.org/election-results-live-2022/#/states/AZ/G We almost took out Ron Johnson in WI, oh so close: https://apps.npr.org/election-results-live-2022/#/states/WI/S And was surprisingly strong in...
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    MSNBC projections show the GOP gaining a paltry 10 seats in the House (the historical average is 27). Republicans suck....
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    Overturning Roe was the best thing that ever happened to the Democrats. Every anti-abortion referendum went down to flaming defeat - even in Kentucky. So we have the conservative SCOTUS to thank for the Dems doing so well last night....
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    but it looks as though they may control the lower House, which still means immense problems & timewasting & chasing a non-politician - Hunter Biden. It means the Republicans acting like idiots for 2 years when Americans are sick...
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