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The solution to Global Warming

By Heraclitusstudent following x   2017 Sep 15, 12:39pm 378 views   8 comments   watch   quote     share  


The deniers would have us believe that addressing global warming is incredibly costly and would destroy our economy.
But the exact opposite is true: It is easy and simple. We just need to continue what we are doing now: i.e. redirect investments from fossil fuels toward renewables.
There is virtually no economic cost. Though the actors may be different.
Consider a few facts:
There are 2 uses of energy we need to address: the electric grid and transportations.
- On the grid side, things are already well on their way: sun and wind power are now cheap and getting cheaper. As a result the emissions of countries like China are flattening. (China announced a cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gas emissions). Batteries will follow. Their cost is already falling. Huge batteries will be used to store wind and sun power. So we will be able to get to 0 emissions.
- on the transportation side, batteries are the key component and they are getting cheaper, so electric cars are very likely to become much cheaper, and since they are simpler, they will quickly become much cheaper to operate and maintain than car with gas engines. Gas engines may disappear by 2040. In fact countries like France are already banning the sales of petrol and diesel cars by 2040.

All this will limit global warming, though it will not eliminate it, and the damage done is largely irreversible.
Side benefits: much less pollution and millions of people not dying because of air pollution.
1 mell   ignore (1)   2017 Sep 15, 1:26pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote        

Heraclitusstudent says
Gas engines may disappear by 2040. In fact countries like France are already banning the sales of petrol and diesel cars by 2040.

All this will limit global warming, though it will not eliminate it, and the damage done is largely irreversible.
Side benefits: much less pollution and millions of people not dying because of air pollution.


Modern gas engines are negligible pollution-wise and it would be foolish to ban modern diesel or HCCIs. You need to stop the giant tankers on sea running with crap waste oil. I'd support stringent standards for gas engines as old cars are phased out. Not a ban though.
2 Tenpoundbass   ignore (6)   2017 Sep 15, 1:57pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote        

Do like I did when the Irmageddon was barreling down on Hollywood Florida.
Nothing, I just sat my ass right here and laughed at all the idiots running out and buying up all of Publix groceries.
The storm came and went, didn't it?
3 APOCALYPSEFUCK_is_ADORABLE   ignore (5)   2017 Sep 15, 2:06pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote        

The speed at which solar developed into a measurable proportion of wattage in production surprised me.

A guy I worked with on a couple of projects in Huntington Beach said when he installed solar, his contractor told him he could cut the chord as he'd never buy juice again from PG&E. He laughed. The contractor didn't and said the latest generation of panels and battery systems stole a march in new orders of efficiency. Month to month he finds himself selling half again the energy to PG&E than what he uses to run his home full of computers and ancient stereo sets.

You can't tell by looking at them. They look like they did 10 years ago. Maybe they should shape the new ones like big tits or something to let people know you have the new ones.
4 Heraclitusstudent   ignore (1)   2017 Sep 15, 4:03pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote        

Heraclitusstudent says
Modern gas engines are negligible pollution-wise

You've not been in a big cities on a bad winter day.
5 Heraclitusstudent   ignore (1)   2017 Sep 15, 4:06pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote        

Tenpoundbass says
Do like I did when the Irmageddon was barreling down on Hollywood Florida.
Nothing, I just sat my ass right here and laughed at all the idiots running out and buying up all of Publix groceries.


So it is with GW and deniers. The dogs are barking but the solution is implemented, and the danger will pass.
6 Ceffer   ignore (1)   2017 Sep 15, 4:29pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote        

APOCALYPSEFUCK_is_ADORABLE says
They look like they did 10 years ago. Maybe they should shape the new ones like big tits or something to let people know you have the new ones.


Maybe sun dicks. "My sun dick is bigger than your sun dick." "Yeah, but my smaller sun dick performs twice as well!"
7 Ceffer   ignore (1)   2017 Sep 15, 4:32pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote        

Solve Global Warming!

KILL THE PEOPLE! KILL THEM ALL!
8 KimJongUn   ignore (0)   2017 Sep 15, 4:57pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote        

Isn't it what all these dirty "deniers" were saying all along: let the technology mature, don't force car manufacturers to sell 10% of their cars as crappy lead-acid EVs by 2003 (like CARB tried to) and do other crazy shit like that.

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