“And yet Germany is still the largest user of Lignite in the world. A few moments of "free electricity" (including wasted surplus) notwithstanding.”
Tommygun264 on Jun 2, 2014 at 19:00:20
“Wow, the country that's one of the most plentiful sources of lignite might actually use more of it in their OLD power plants that they are in the process of PHASING OUT? What a shock! You're so desperate, your contradicting yourself - you were just championing fossil fuels such as lignite, now you're criticizing the fact that it hasn't been abandoned completely & immediately? Make up your mind. Spin it all you want, Germany is moving AWAY from toxic non-renewables & toward clean renewables at a far greater rate than the US & as a result reaping the rewards, not suffering. As for your crack about wasted surplus, next you'll be condemning the sun as the most inefficient fusion reactor in history.”
“But anyway a 30 percent cut in CO2 by 2030 based on 2005 levels is not even close to difficult. Its ridiculous to claim this is excessive. Its probably achievable for most without even doing anything different.”
“Wind and solar do not have the concentrated energy capacity of fossil fuels. Its sad but thats is the way it is. Australia gets over a whopping 80 percent of its electricity from coal and it exports three times the coal it uses.
In the last decade your electricity prices have increased over 100 percent.”
Tommygun264 on Jun 2, 2014 at 02:35:27
“Yet on the afternoon of May 11th the surplus energy feeding into the grid from wind & solar generation units on private homes in Germany brought the cost of electricity down to less than ZERO, with only a fraction of German homes being outfitted with wind & solar generation. Germany gets less sun than 99% of the US. Tesla owners can already drive from the east coast to the west coast without paying ONE CENT on fuel cost, using the still expanding network of super-charging stations providing free charges for life to Tesla drivers. People like you scoffed at the first automobiles, citing the scarcity of fueling stations & declaring predictions of one gas station every few miles to be impossible. Gas stations every few blocks were the stuff of fantasy. How many whale oil & buggy whip companies do you own stock in?”
TonyLe on Jun 2, 2014 at 02:15:34
“What you say is correct, our energy consumption and coal exports are a disgrace. However, the power increases have been mainly due to increases in power distribution costs. Overall electricity costs would be even higher without renewables.
Around a quarter of South Australia's electricity is now sourced from wind power; growing from just 6% in 2005/6.
Your comment about energy density has more to do with the performance of transport fuels. It is only relevant to electricity generation when talking about storage.”
“It depends. Remember the sun doesn't shine full on MOST of the time. Solar delivers about 1/5 of tis stated capacity in most of the US. I think I could live off solar (and gas) if I tried, but I use little electricity. The up front costs are huge. Then you still will likely have a electric bill, especially in winter.
But id sure like to have some panels. If nothing else than for emergencies. My power goes out all the time here in the middle of nowhere.”
blueeyedbull on Jun 2, 2014 at 01:52:16
“Solar has come a far way since the beginning. Now they are able to collect and hold the energy. Alternative energy will be state or regional specific. Obviously those in the sunshine states would benefit more from solar.”
“The thing is - we are not sure switching to NG technically reduced emissions. The coal phase out needs to be handled carefully as to not drive up costs too rapidly and exports cant be allowed to grow excessively.
Technically, like it or not, the only proven, economical (in time), small environmental footprint means of reducing emissions in the electricity sector is nuclear power.”
“Top Taliban commanders were released. Not "suspects". Including the former head of the Taliban Army. Totally Irresponsible.”
builder101 on Jun 2, 2014 at 02:03:03
“They are to be jailed in Cutter for a min of five years. We released thousands of German prisoners of war. The war is over, it's time to get every one out and come home.
If Bush had not mismanaged this war we would have already be long gone”
“All released were commanders, including the former head of the Taliban’s army,
Wait till that reality hits home with vets and the families of people killed over there.”
lizt on Jun 2, 2014 at 08:33:30
“I served for 22 years as an Army officer including Desert Storm and a tour in Iraq. My husband of 18 years was an Armor officer who died in Iraq.
I'm glad to see his return. I want all our soldiers home.
I think the only dangerous precedence is when people like Reagan get involved in Iran-Contra deals. Exchanging prisoners at the end of a war is traditional. Hell, we even released the southern prisoners at the end of the Civil War.”
Amalek on Jun 2, 2014 at 02:50:21
“So, like they will be able to do anything that the Taliban aren't able to do without them.”
“People that respect laws? People that respect the justice system perhaps? People that knew we were fighting the Taliban after 9/11 and releasing their top commanders in a exchange wasn't a good idea?”
lee young4 on Jun 2, 2014 at 07:45:28
“Was Iran Contra a good idea? five extra Taliban makes no difference.”
“The Canada thing is dishonest. Cruz was born to American parents working in Canada. Although I can see how the "Working" thing might throw a lot of people these days.
When your arguments invoke misinformation and some of the worst behavior for basis in comparison, its more of a comment on you than the actual topic.”
fatboyshrek on Jun 2, 2014 at 01:38:18
“CRUZ / REPUBLICONS cost taxpayers $ 24 BILLION when they shut down our government during a time of war -- and fillibustered the $ 21 BILLION
restoration of the Veterans Administration . less than a year later -- saying it cost too much.
They also tried to cut Veterans retirement pensions by $ 6.8 BILLION , among other evil things.”
“"His release was secured after the Obama administration, working through Qatari government intermediaries, agreed to free five high-profile Afghan inmates held by the U.S. military in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The influential commanders, including the former head of the Taliban’s army," (Washington post)
These were probably the most guilty there. .”
A mon Avis on Jun 2, 2014 at 08:02:27
“Probably???? Your superior attitude makes you think you can lock someone up on probably? That the same attitude that allows people in this country to jail PROBABLY GUILTY people !!!!!”