Category Archives: carbon

Climate Fire

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When wild fires destroyed the town of Paradise, California Governor Jerry Brown blamed climate change. For the past few weeks Paris has been burning and French President Macron can blame the climate too. The French revolted against a carbon taxed aimed at reducing France’s .4% share of global warming caused by cars.

The €8 billion tax bite comes on top of a 9% unemployment rate. The peasants are pissed.

And so far it’s peasants 1, president 0. Macron backed down and delayed the tax.

Nuke Global Warming

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Time’s running out according the latest government climate change report. The Fourth National Climate Assessment says global warming will shrink the economy 10% by the end of the century.

But Bjorn Lomborg says it’s not all that bad. His worst case scenario would only cause a 5% hit to the economy.

Deadly Global Warming

Oh wait, that’s not the real worst case scenario. In 2017 the Daily Mail said there’s a 5% chance climate change will kill every last one of us by 2021.

Anyway, it seems like people who take these reports seriously might also take nuclear power seriously as a solution. This Scientific American article says we can nuke our way out of global warming.

War on Coal

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Trump ended Obama’s war on coal, as promised. Come to think of it, I don’t know why Obama declared the war in the first place. Or why Hillary signed on for it. The natural gas industry went to war against coal for them. Gas is cheap, clean, and – despite President Obama’s efforts – plentiful.

So, looks like a rout.

Tesla Autopilot Crashes

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I got to drive a Tesla once. It was cool. Like driving one of the HO slot cars I had as a kid.

But I think I’d be queasy about letting the car drive itself. There are those who say it’s a great innovation. Like speed control on steroids. But the car can kill.

Tesla Autopilot Crashes

The WSJ reports Tesla is being investigated by the SEC for not informing shareholders of a fatal crash involving its autopilot system.

Update:

Daily Beast says Tesla is misleading about autopilot safety. If you don’t brake it’s your fault because your weren’t paying attention. If you do brake it’s your fault because you were driving.

Holman Jenkins says the autopilot feature has been around since 1995. It’s basically cruise control and the driver still has to pay attention.

 

Coal Country Candidate

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Bernie Sanders beat Hillary Clinton in the West Virginia primary 51.4% to 35.8%.

Before the primary an unemployed coal miner confronted Hillary for acknowledging that her policies would put a lot of coal miners out of work. She claimed that her remarks were taken out of context. Here are her remarks in context from Politifact:

So for example, I’m the only candidate which has a policy about how to bring economic opportunity using clean renewable energy as the key into coal country. Because we’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business, right?

And we’re going to make it clear that we don’t want to forget those people. Those people labored in those mines for generations, losing their health, often losing their lives to turn on our lights and power our factories. 

Now we’ve got to move away from coal and all the other fossil fuels, but I don’t want to move away from the people who did the best they could to produce the energy that we relied on.

Aside from EPA mandates, coal is being displaced by a cheaper and cleaner fuel – natural gas produced by fracking.