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Wed Jul 29

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BenSolar posted to the Climate Change board. 1:46 PM

Hillary taking to the Repubs on Climate Denial

Fun little video Hillary released highlighting climate change denial among Republican presidential candidates.

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Tue Jul 28

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BenSolar replied to the Climate Change board. 8:49 PM

Re: Big problems for hydrogen refueling stations

We have some umpty-million IC engines out there with chassis, wheels, suspensions and a bunch of resources all tied to them.

This is a resource that is entirely useless in an electric-car future, no matter how good the batteries become.
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BenSolar replied to the Climate Change board. 6:23 PM

Re: Big problems for hydrogen refueling stations

Well, the links you give are all pretty much talking about future scenarios, pilot plants, and the like. As I said it is and will remain an extreme niche part of the global energy economy for the coming decade or more. I agree that it could become [more]

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BenSolar replied to the Climate Change board. 10:18 AM

Re: Big problems for hydrogen refueling stations

If a nation is already building an infrastructure for home and industrial fuel cells, adding service stations to the mix is not that big a deal.

Home and industrial fuel cells are a lot easier than transportation because you don't [more]

Mon Jul 27

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BenSolar replied to the Climate Change board. 4:02 PM

Re: EV pollution by geographic location

An entertaining read about a Tesla road trip, as long as you're not on the road trip.

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BenSolar replied to the Climate Change board. 2:04 PM

Re: Big problems for hydrogen refueling stations

Japan and South Korea are committed to building a hydrogen economy.

They are also committed to building an electrical economy, i.e. batteries, chargers, EVs, plug-in hybrids, etc ...


Fuel cells are being marketed [more]

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BenSolar replied to the Climate Change board. 1:09 PM

Re: Big problems for hydrogen refueling stations

The first commercial hydrogen cars are being sold this year. Let's see where we are in 2025.


Hydrogen is very difficult to handle. Electricity on the other hand, not so much.

Hydrogen, especially 'green' hydrogen, is [more]

Sun Jul 26

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BenSolar replied to the Climate Change board. 10:41 AM

Re: Put down the coffee - spew inducing

Stewart for President 2028

Sat Jul 25

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BenSolar replied to the Climate Change board. 11:53 AM

Re: IEA: Current Efforts Not Enough

"3) A quieter, more comfortable home with better air quality will sell for more money, so you see an equity increase in your home at the time of the upfit - this is a significant source of investment return that has to be considered [more]

Fri Jul 24

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BenSolar replied to the Climate Change board. 12:35 PM

Re: IEA: Current Efforts Not Enough

It is often true that a large energy efficiency upfit for an existing house will frequently cost more up front than the homeowner will expect to see repaid from reduced energy costs in any realistic timeframe.

But that ignores some of the [more]

Thu Jul 23

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BenSolar replied to the Climate Change board. 3:44 PM

Re: EV pollution by geographic location

Cars already on the road that convert to natural gas are an immediate savings - much faster to accomplish than the replacement periods.


Converting existing used cars to natural gas is both impractical and ineffective, to be [more]

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BenSolar replied to the Climate Change board. 1:16 PM

Re: EV pollution by geographic location

There's no sign yet of battery cost getting down to where these things can be competitive with ICE's.

Well nobody suggests it will happen overnight, but we've been making rapid progress. Faster than we expected.

Here is Dr. [more]

Wed Jul 22

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BenSolar replied to the Climate Change board. 4:56 PM

Re: EV pollution by geographic location

"I agree, but I wonder what if any steps you would agree with in pursuit of those emissions reductions?"

What do you mean?


For future reductions leading to a low-carbon economy, i.e. ~80% reduction by 2050 or some [more]

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BenSolar replied to the Climate Change board. 2:33 PM

Re: I don't think they'll be able to spin 2015

"the satellite measures are far more sensitive to the El Nino/La Nina cycles than the surface temperature is."

You have mentioned that a couple of times. Do you know some papers about it?


I don't have any for you, [more]

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BenSolar replied to the Climate Change board. 2:21 PM

Re: EV pollution by geographic location

I expect that if we did have a carbon tax in lieu of the current system, you'd see virtually no EV's at all. The impact on gas prices wouldn't be nearly enough to get people to adopt them - and without the subsidies or CARB requirements, there [more]

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BenSolar replied to the Climate Change board. 1:23 PM

Re: EV pollution by geographic location

Several billion dollars is a pittance in the greater scheme of the US energy economy.

If I had a clean slate, I wouldn't do it this way. I advocate for an escalating tax on heat-trapping gas emissions, returned in full to US residents. Get [more]

Tue Jul 21

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BenSolar replied to the Climate Change board. 12:19 PM

Re: EV pollution by geographic location

I think the recent and current subsidies for EVs are good policy because they are intended to stimulate rapid development of key enabling technologies for a clean energy society: batteries, electric motors, and all the electronics and engineering [more]

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BenSolar replied to the Climate Change board. 11:52 AM

Re: EV pollution by geographic location

Used EVs are becoming much more affordable already.

On Autotrader, I get 18 hits for used Nissan Leafs priced less than $9,000. Many of those are low mileage, and there are quite a few nice 2012 models to go along with the 2011s and a few [more]

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