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albaby1 replied to the Climate Change board. 5:00 PM

Re: Revenue Neutral Carbon Fee. Discuss.

If everyone reduced red meat intake by 50%, reduced fast and processed foods by 50%, and increased daily exercise by 50%, health care costs would plummet. That is a "free lunch" anyone can have by simply modifying their actual [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Climate Change board. 3:16 PM

Re: Revenue Neutral Carbon Fee. Discuss.

If that is the case then why are so many developed nations moving forward with aggressive clean energy plans to build on already strong reductions of the last 10 or 15 years?

Because they're not. Their forward-looking plans are [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Climate Change board. 3:00 PM

Re: Revenue Neutral Carbon Fee. Discuss.

You seem to think that unlikely, but they seem very serious about it to me.

I think it unlikely because they're not continuing to do the things that they would need to do for emissions to keep falling at that rate going [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Climate Change board. 9:52 AM

Re: Revenue Neutral Carbon Fee. Discuss.

Despite using a mish-mash of policies that are unlikely to be anywhere near as economically efficient as a carbon tax, they have still achieved an impressive trajectory of reduced emissions, one that if they keep it up will fulfill their Paris [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Climate Change board. 1:46 PM

Re: Revenue Neutral Carbon Fee. Discuss.

I guess we all agree? LOL.

I don't think so, but this is ground that's been discussed numerous times on the board. There are both benefits and costs to shifting away from fossil fuels to cleaner, but still somewhat more [more]

Tue Oct 17

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albaby1 replied to the Retire Early Liberal Edition board. 6:24 PM

Re: ACA query

So I am wondering what happens if Trump's sabotage of ACA causes the last insurance company offering individual insurance plans to abandon Maricopa County, AZ?

My understanding is that sabotaging the exchange portion of the [more]

Fri Oct 13

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albaby1 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 2:47 PM

Re: California Today: Homeless Camps

Perhaps the answer lies with the digital tech companies themselves that remain clustered in a few high-priced metro regions. Many have become sufficiently large that they no longer need the benefits of a big metro area, they can attract talent no [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Political Asylum board. 1:37 PM

Re: Healthcare for Mucking Morons

This was one of the arguments to insure as many possible, right? Because if they were relying on ER for care, didn't have regular dr visits, etc. - they were not getting preventative care - and their health care would eventually be more [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Political Asylum board. 10:45 AM

Re: Healthcare for Mucking Morons

Now, all the people who can't afford health insurance (poor and older, sick people) will use the emergency room for for their healthcare. Hospitals can't turn them away. But, hospitals, in order to survive, will pass all the very expensive [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 10:04 AM

Re: California Today: Homeless Camps

I think you folks need a new model for promoting economic activity that doesn't require the formation of mega-cities. That should be possible in an era of instantaneous communication and a global internet where non-Brick&Mortar information [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 9:21 AM

Re: California Today: Homeless Camps

Are there any studies demonstrating that a significant amount of affordable housing can be added "vertically" without substantial negative impact on quality of life?

Nope. Again, this is a subject of ongoing debate in the [more]

Thu Oct 12

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albaby1 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 7:37 PM

Re: California Today: Homeless Camps

Why should potential (new) residents or stakeholders receive more consideration than existing residents and stakeholders? Also, upzoning without other changes and commitment of public dollars to replace the green spaces and parks can make the [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 6:35 PM

Re: California Today: Homeless Camps

Can you provide an example where increasing density has reduced the housing costs in a major city?

Nope - I'm not aware of any that have been willing to materially increase density. Instead, what you have are metros where many [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 6:04 PM

Re: California Today: Homeless Camps

Why do you think "building up" will solve the affordable housing problem in LA or SF when it hasn't in Manhattan or Singapore. Don't you just end up with a higher density of unaffordable housing?

Not necessarily - it [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 5:59 PM

Re: California Today: Homeless Camps

But that doesn't explain the shortage of workers in places where affordable housing is not constrained, as in Iowa and Kansas. Yuma county Arizona had an unemployment rate of about 16%. 800 miles away is Logan Utah with unemployment at 3%. So [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 5:46 PM

Re: California Today: Homeless Camps

You make it sound like "just knock 'em down and build taller ones". Not that easy. You would need to buy those people out somehow which gets even more expensive once people know you want that land. Vastly different than spying a [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 5:13 PM

Re: California Today: Homeless Camps

I don't know what the geology of San Francisco is (except for the earthquake part), but they are constrained horizontally by the harbor bowl, unlike Houston and Dallas, which sit on flat land that goes forever.

For most of these [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 3:25 PM

Re: California Today: Homeless Camps

That makes sense, right? The "vibrant" economic areas are the ones likely to have more demand for housing and so higher prices. In CA my home would probably cost $2M. In Kansas maybe $150K.

As we've discussed in other [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 2:55 PM

Re: California Today: Homeless Camps

No. Just that without access to information (which homeless people likely do not have) they don't know where the opportunities are. And those opportunities have to be appropriate to their skill set.

True, but those aren't the [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Climate Change board. 1:33 PM

Re: Renewables and EROI

As EROI declines, energy becomes more expensive.

Not necessarily. In the context you're discussing, EROI refers to energy outputs compared to energy inputs - not dollar inputs. That's why the acronym EROEI [more]

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