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Fri May 22

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BenSolar replied to the Climate Change board. 12:16 PM

Re: 1ft => $200 billion => 0.01%

So you are fine writing off south Florida, south Louisiana, lots of other highly valuable real estate on every shoreline of the east and gulf coasts, along with more limited but still substantial impact on west coast real estate?

I don't [more]

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BenSolar replied to the Climate Change board. 9:40 AM

Re: 1ft => $200 billion => 0.01%

Obama: "It’s estimated that a further increase in sea level of just one foot by the end of this century could cost our nation $200 billion."

Also from the speech: "by the end of this century, it’s projected to rise another one [more]

Thu May 21

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BenSolar replied to the Climate Change board. 5:17 PM

Re: Gambling on snake-eyes

any project that shows a cost per ton north of $200 (looking at you, electric cars) is really a bad choice compared to alternatives.

I don't believe I've ever seen anyone trying to lay all the cost of boosting the electric vehicle [more]

Mon May 18

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BenSolar replied to the Climate Change board. 4:52 PM

Re: Gambling on snake-eyes

If the Germans had spent that treasure to build nuclear power capacity, they would today have a much cleaner electricity system...

Yea I don't think anyone would hold out Germany's approach as one remotely near the most efficient.

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BenSolar replied to the Climate Change board. 4:46 PM

Re: Gambling on snake-eyes

The IPCC analysis only points out that the costs will exceed the benefits over the intermediate term (between 2050-2100) by a factor of 3-4x.

Not really. The IPCC says estimated costs of 2C warming are about 1.1% GDP, whenever we hit [more]

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BenSolar replied to the Climate Change board. 1:14 PM

Re: Gambling on snake-eyes

Albaby incorrectly says: the middle case that the IPCC looked at shows greater cost to action than inaction.

This is not true. The IPCC says we don't know. It provides no estimate for costs to inaction in the later parts of the [more]

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BenSolar replied to the Climate Change board. 1:07 PM

Re: Gambling on snake-eyes

most (if not all) of the co-benefits you describe can (and usually are) achieved through measures other than decarbonization. As such, they show up on both sides of the ledger - both the BAU scenario and the climate-fighting scenario. So they [more]

Sun May 17

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BenSolar replied to the Climate Change board. 10:59 AM

Re: Why Doesn't Everyone Believe?

A coordinated campaign of Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt going back decades and originating from the perhaps the richest industry on earth, with the flag carried by their bought-and-paid-for political and media partners would be the biggest reason, [more]

Sat May 16

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BenSolar replied to the Climate Change board. 2:27 PM

Re: Gambling on snake-eyes

You will have a greater chance of success if you focus on the thing you want.

And if you want both clean air and less risk of disastrous climate change?

Focusing on clean air while ignoring climate change will lead to [more]

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BenSolar replied to the Climate Change board. 1:59 PM

Re: Gambling on snake-eyes

I find that Albaby puts heavy emphasis on the estimated costs of reducing climate change, but seems to practically ignore the benefits.

I'll link again to the big thread 'The Economics of Climate Change Mitigation' [more]

Thu May 14

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BenSolar replied to the Climate Change board. 7:19 PM

Re: Gambling on snake-eyes

you're proposing an unscientific uncontrolled experiment with the only economy that we have, and the economists among us are telling us that the results are apt to suck.


That doesn't seem to be accurate. From what I've seen most [more]

Sun May 10

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BenSolar replied to the Battery Technology board. 3:37 PM

Re: Tesla Stationary Battery Packs introduced

This things are a runaway hit so far, with capacity sold out through mid 2016.

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BenSolar replied to the Climate Change board. 3:35 PM

Re: UK wind subsidies to be cut?

Speaking of Areva, I guess you saw the news that the Flamanville EPR plant they are trying to build has a problem with the carbon content of the steel they used in the reactor vessel?

That reactor is already years behind schedule and [more]

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BenSolar replied to the Climate Change board. 3:19 PM

Re: El Niño Arrives in 2015

This El Nino is an oddball one to have such concentrated warmth in the East Pacific in May. It may well lead to an unusually rainy late spring and summer for Cali.

Thu May 7

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BenSolar posted to the Climate Change board. 6:01 PM

Big El Nino could be on the way

Say Australian scientists: [more]

Tue May 5

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BenSolar posted to the Climate Change board. 12:20 PM

California Increases Climate Goals

Gov. Brown announced a tough new interim target for California en route to it's goal of an 80% reduction of CO2 emissions by 2050. Brown has now committed CA for cutting emissions 40% by 2030.

Good analysis in Science: [more]

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BenSolar replied to the Climate Change board. 12:13 PM

Re: It's official: 2014-15 El Nino

The El Nino continued to intensify this past week by most measures including sea surface temperature departure from average (SST anomaly) in the equatorial Pacific: [more]

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BenSolar replied to the Climate Change board. 12:02 PM

Re: IBM sunflowers

The U.S. seems to be behind in developing this technology. Fortunately the U.S. has California.

Yep: California leading the way within the US as it has in many things. I was thrilled to see that they are ramping up their targets for [more]

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BenSolar replied to the Climate Change board. 11:49 AM

Re: IBM sunflowers

the more processes you go through the less efficient the overall conversion must be. OTOH the advantages in controlling fugitive emissions might be worth it. Not something I'd really argue... though not sure we could just let the market figure it [more]

Mon May 4

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BenSolar replied to the Climate Change board. 9:53 AM

Re: The "blank sun" doesn't save us

The vagaries of the solar cycle are not very predictable. Expectations for the current maximum have bounced around over the last decade, and while the last minimum was the longest and lowest in about a hundred years and this maximum is lower than the [more]

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