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  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Also, how long can heat be stored with molten salt? The best I've heard is 1 degree per day, but the more typical was 2 weeks. 1 degree per day is still not quite enough for seasonal variation - but...
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    Given the outcome in Libya, the best test for insanity in N Korean leaders would be any actual willingness to give up a nuclear arsenal. Trusting the US is fairly suicidal. One thing I'm confused by - last article I...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Um. Perhaps in the sense of 'not a frivolous and thereby possibly penalized' lawsuit - the standard there is very high. But, we have a lot of laws. I'm pretty sure a sufficiently diligent police person could find an excuse...
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    Small installations - assuming cost actually ends up lower - could be useful in the developing world. Financing fairly low rate loans for renewables might be useful. But...developing countries develop and will rather rapidly need reliable power. If storage isn't...
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    Dunno. I wouldn't be surprised to find that homo sapiens was pretty rare...but...Life tends to expand pretty exponentially with available energy - and the sun's a big source if you can build something survivable outside the atmosphere. At that point...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Well. One reason for the confusion is that there are a fair number of areas where the bite from the local electric company is big enough to make residential solar a cost saver. (In one area of residence, this was...
  • Commented on Normal service will be resumed eventually
    Best wishes. In such times, self-care and care of self by others is often helpful....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    If the oceans are 360 million square kilometers, is that about 3 mm of wood-like substance sequestered over, admittedly, the entire ocean? Even then, it couldn't be fast. Also, does anyone have impressions of Thorcon? - seemed like they have...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    From the perspective of a third world national, my perspective would be that this carbon pollution is pretty much a first world problem - in that you people burnt it all and should be responsible for cleaning it up. If...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Near as I can tell - it really isn't. Surveys of interest in renewables at a higher price point and lower reliability met near zero interest in India - which is a relevant market. Not a 'fuck the world', just...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    I used to completely agree with you. Times may have changed. (Storage Requirements and Costs of Shaping Renewable Energy Toward Grid Decarbonization Micah S. Ziegler, Joshua M. Mueller, Gonçalo D. Pereira, Marco Ferrara, Yet-Ming Chiang, Jessika E. Trancik) This paper...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Meh. It is likely that the presidency will primarily offer action in terms of executive orders and judicial nominations, and maybe not that either. Now, for climate-related issues, that isn't nothing (as the current administration has demonstrated), but still limited....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    You'd think that. But there are about 15 thermostats - each governing not particularly contiguous regions - and a set of adjustable vents designed to compensate for various environmental heat loads. The end result is that workable temperatures are not...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Eh. While this might have been true at one point - I wonder about the possible multiplicative effect of the internet (Twitter, etc) - it seems possible to be nearly completely broke and also very influential. Well, for someone good...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Aaigh. Mostly engineers here. So much arsing about with thermostats. It doesn't seem like it should be a genuinely intractable problem. Albeit, since many.of the vent controls are disconnected from the thermostat controls...and some engineers seem to optimize their areas...
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    The negotiations make no difference. The fundamentals are more important. 1. The EU will not grant single market access to a country with a different regulatory regime - because its own businesses would not be competitive. 2. The EU will...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    On one hand, yes, you are perfectly correct. On the other hand, considered worldwide - poverty seems to have fallen awfully quickly - globalism did some good. That statistic does have some merit in communicating relative incomes worldwide. Not much...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    @400 I will guess that JBS would restrict those measures to be within the 'major locally contiguous cultural area' - states or nations or somesuch. When talking about the 1%, 32k, eg, in some regions is suitable for living in...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    What definition of 'super-rich' are you using? For the 50 mil plus, at least in the US, the ones I have met are way too politically diverse to form much of a bloc. They did tend towards a certain privileged...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    In Johnson's shoes, my favored outcome would be a referendum which I would fight and lose. Seems to be the only outcome which likely keeps the Tories in power....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    I'd argue that 'shared class identity' for the superwealthy is probably about as useful as 'asian'. (Never pretend the US is unusually racist.) Now, shared interests and experiences - sure. But, fantasies about any group of over thirty people acting...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Honestly, one more of the few bright spots for Brexit is the likelihood of having your local vampire squids decamp. If there is any competent conspiracy, I'd guess there are a few people in NY and Hong Kong about to...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Hopelessly ignorant question - given that Parliament is only prorogued until the 14th - is this actually anything more than symbolic? For a no-confidence vote, now is not too early. For a revocation of article 50, there would still be...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    Oops. I may not have been coherent. It was more of a 'are you actually working in a movement that hopes to convince people in the us to stop using even electric cars? Cause that just won't work. I mean,...
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    Bit of confusion - when I look at forestry studies - they seem to indicate that sequestration is on an s-curve, with the tailing off usually happening in less than a century? There was also a lot of muttering about...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    Eh. For the US, if envelope math is correct, and assuming the US is worst case, perhaps 6000 lbs greenhouse gases per capita (if only eating beef, so conservative estimate). For US, average about 23 metric tons greenhouse gases per...
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    Also, silly, but so much prefer global heating to climate change. Easier to measure, fewer false positives, easier to communicate to uninformed but rational. (Yay you) (am perhaps tired)...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    @620 Wow. Learned new and cool here. Thanks. @625 In a closed, equilibriated system - this might be true. The articles I've seen indicate that rainforests are net carbon sinks in practice - until you start killing them. Albeit, net...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    Dunno. For a fair distance (ie, not really familiarizing myself with exactly what she did for the trip) - it really does look like a stunt. I'd tend to characterize something as a stunt if it demonstrates a technology that,...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    Also, I'd still question the goals. If, for instance, they involve eliminating cars in the earlyish part of this century - my evaluation is that there is no nonviolent opportunity barring deus ex machina such as a sudden fad for...
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