late wrote:Because when you need national policy, you need national policy.
Tautology. It is what it is. Solar, while a national policy, only makes sense in places with lots of sun. I'm in California and Rancid is in Texas. It makes sense for us. A country like Germany has big investments in solar, but it's kind of stupid because the Southern most part of Germany is about the same latitude as the Northern most part of Maine where jimjam lives. The winter weather is reasonably temperate because of the Gulf Stream; otherwise, their winters would be more like Saskatchewan. Obviously, solar irradiance there is lower than in the lower 48.
late wrote:Individual actions would be lucky to shift emissions 1%. We need to cut them in half.
Solar is mandatory on new homes in California now. The move from coal to natgas has already reduced carbon emission substantially. The only thing that can scale that well right now is nuclear, and the leftists don't like it.
late wrote:The reality you guys always run away from is that if we are going to lower emissions, we need a Carbon Tax. Since this is a big deal, we'd need to phase it in slowly, say 25 cents/yr equivalent.
That's part of the problem with the United States and the law being applied equally everywhere. You can go solar in California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. If you get further South, you get more solar irradiance, but you also get more albedo affect from cloud cover. If you go further North, you get lower solar irradiance, and sometimes albedo affect from cloud cover.
Putting tax credits in place and letting market economics work it out will show you where it's economical. A booger eating math genius and a crackerjack on a spreadsheet with Aspergers in his mom's basement can probably figure this out better than some stuffed senator. However, a carbon tax becomes very unfair to people who cannot economically take advantage of solar. It ends up being a tax on the poor. Ultimately, that's what it is in California, which is a shame. To me, solar is tax avoidance.
Drlee wrote:Very happy with mine and my local utility sucks.
Can't be worse than PG&E with exploding gas pipelines taking out entire residential blocks, the Paradise fire, and rolling blackouts. I would get a powerwall too, but since almost everybody in my area has solar panels, they never target my neighborhood for rolling blackouts, or they'd just lose power.
Drlee wrote:Got rid of the Porsche and I miss it but this hybrid is pretty good technology too.
Still got my 2006 BMW, and from working at home so long I've only passed 100k miles in the last few weeks. Still runs well. Had to replace a water pump. Biggest complaint is the I still have the space-age for 2006 Bluetooth 1.0 version, when phones are now at 5.x. It's my fourth car--I run 'em into the ground; although, I did donate one to charity at one point.
Clarkson had a pretty funny bit on Top Gear on the McLaren P1 hybrid. It's all good, but he explains the McLaren P1 as like weaponizing a wind farm or buying the Rainbow Warrior and turning into an oil tanker, beginning at about 5:43 minutes in:
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