“I was born and raised in North Carolina. Highly educated and very liberal. Most of the people I know are as well. Urban areas are quite progressive and vote blue, but the rural areas are very red. Its like a microcosm of the US, except in NC, the crazies won majorities in the last election. I'm making plans to escape.”
CoastalNC on Apr 3, 2013 at 11:29:58
“Please don't leave billtoe....then they will outnumber us even more.
christiana on Apr 3, 2013 at 11:18:26
“My mother was born and raised in North Carolina and you're right. Because of large numbers of transplants from the north many parts are now quite liberal. But those rural areas-yikes. Let's just say it makes South Carolina look rather progressive.”
“Wow.. Where is the nuclear lobby getting all the money to pay you guys to constantly post this stuff... Nuclear is a total non-starter.. and every day, there is more bad news for the industry. There is never going to be a resurgence of the nuclear industry!! Give up already!!”
PEinEE on Feb 15, 2013 at 17:36:39
“There is no nuclear lobby. The industry is broke. There is a very large Big Oil lobby though pushing wind and solar on these pages.
There are over 400 nukes in the construction cycle world wide. The BRIC countries all see nuke as their energy growth regime.
No doubt the US and the West will follow as gas prices triple to the cost of production and our economies are crippled by high energy prices as the BRIC countries economies soar on dirt cheep nuke power.”
“This is the latest talking point from the well funded fossil fuel lobby... and is being interjected into every conversation on the subject of renewables (as you know). In reality, the investment that China is putting into renewables and the resulting growth rate is enormous. The result of these investments will cause changes in China that will be astounding to the rest of the world in a few years. But of course by the time everyone knows this, you and the fossil fuel lobby will be pushing some other lame talking point.”
The fossil fuel industry has more money, influence and power than any entity that has ever existed. At the same time, intelligent people know that our civilization has to ween itself off of these fuels in order to survive. Dr Chu and the DOE made enemies in the fossil fuel industry in order to get this process moving. You can read lots of comments here from the well paid fossil fuel lobbyists to see what it is like to take on the fossil fuel industry.
I saw Dr Chu in DC a few years ago at the Solar Decathlon and he was being treated like a rock star. He certainly deserved to be!”
“Wow! I've always totally ignored "social news" articles on HuffPost but this one caught my eye somehow and I checked it out. And I'm very glad I did! Hi-light of my freaking day! What a gorgeous women, and I love the dress, and love the side-boob shots, and I'm sure I will love the movie!
I'm thinking our next "theme party" may be that you can only wear video tape.... and a hat..”
“I've seen this article all over the net. In reality, if you tracked down the solar predictions made for the last X years by the analysts that are quoted in the article, it would show that they have never even been close to accurate. Seriously, there is NO correlation between how often an analyst is quoted in articles like this, and the actual accuracy of that analyst. The person writing the article is a journalist that has zero understanding of the solar industry, but has to write an article about it, and the "analysts" gets free advertising by throwing out either random guesses they have about the future of the solar industry, or whatever movement would allow their company to make the most money in the market... And then people read the article and think they are getting accurate info from experts.
Also, if you ever read an article that has the words "could" or "may" in the title, then it will contain no information of value. So the real title of this article is "Solar Industry Overcapacity Could Drag On For Some Time... OR it could not". I personally don't think it will, but I'm not an "analyst" so I don't get quoted in articles like this. Also, sometimes I'm wrong... although not as often as people who get quoted in articles like this..”
Genders on Feb 16, 2012 at 02:23:12
“Probably true, overcapacity leads to lower prices, leads to greater demand. There goes the over capacity.”
“The article is missing a big part of the solution. In just a few years, the game changer in the car industry will be composite materials like carbon fiber that are stronger and much lighter than steel. A lighter vehicle goes further and faster on the same gallon or kwh. Like all technologies, it will take a while for economics to work, and for car manufactures to re-tool. Its a major shift. BMW plans to ship a carbon fiber car in late 2013.
Also, with an electric vehicle, you can put motors in the wheels. This removes a very heavy drive train and so the car goes even further. Its all about weight.”
realorpretend on Jan 11, 2012 at 00:20:23
“The real tragedy is that you won't get the thrill of a stick shift and there will never be a classic car again as the electronics will only last 6-8 years before the parts are obsolete, no longer made, and mostly corroded….
JDINTX on Jan 10, 2012 at 18:28:57
“Carbon fiber autos for the mass are decades, if ever away. Lighter weight cars are not the answer. Natural gas could run every auto/truck in this country with an inexpensive conversion.”
Peter Combs on Jan 10, 2012 at 17:25:14
“They will be making Gasoline powered cars from composite as well, which will boost milage for those cars also...the drive trains for gas cars are alreay being modified to lighter designs..”
WasteNJ on Jan 10, 2012 at 17:03:01
“It's definitely all about weight. I dropped about 60-70 lbs on the drift car when I swapped out the front end metal body panels for carbon fiber ones. CF is good stuff, but expensive and super hard to repair for a typical vehicle, at least nowadays.
There are plenty out there now, the Corvette Z06 and ZR1 are either part or fully carbon bodies. The Nissan GT-R has a ton of carbon panels, and the supercars (Lexus LF-A, Ferrari, Lambo, Aston Martin, Saleen, Henessey, blah blah) are all carbon bodied... but spendy and slow to produce.
Drivetrain loss is a place where a lot of efficiency could be gained with something like the motorized wheels, we need to get outside the box for those types of vehicles...
eric14 on Jan 10, 2012 at 16:29:10
“Of course these measures will be countered in some cases by consequences of obesity epidemic.”
“Yeah at one point Fareed Zakaria's show GPS was one of my favorite news shows. Watched it every Sunday. Then one day (over a year ago) he had Coulter on his show. I turned it off and have never watched GPS since... and feel quite betrayed by Fareed. If you invite Coulter on your show, then you are no longer a news show.”
“Sounds like you read the first paragraph of the article, and then posted a straw man argument in the comments, using a contrived example, while quoting a line that has no logical connection to your argument.”
“LOL.. Are you reading from a script? That is EXACTLY how a paid lobbyist for the fossil fuel industry is trained to respond to accusations like mine. When your BS is confronted, you respond with level 2 BS. Now you can throw your level 3 BS at me where you start throwing out made-up data from right wing propaganda tanks.
With enough money, you can convince half the population that the sky is green. Give us a break!”
barbaradurkin on Jun 15, 2012 at 15:59:21
“I note you avoid debate on the issue with which I recognize you are unfamiliar. The wind/fossil fuel lobby has half the population convinced that wind energy is beneficial. Don't you consider the information source might have a vested interest in making promises unrealized by the public already on the hook for Solyndra, Evergreen Solar, Beacon Power, bankruptcy filings?
The formula is the same for Cape Wind as the developer also has minimum "skin in the game". The public assumes all risks and three times current electric cost by a source that's unreliable, offshore Cape Wind.
Apply that logic to the FAA that appears to have had its marching orders on wind energy projects by the Obama Administration.
Are you not concerned that politics trumps public safety threatened by wind turbines due to their interference with radar? There are over 400,000 flights in this airspace each year. The courts overturned the FAA No Hazard Determination for Cape Wind. Do you think it's acceptable that the FAA is subjected to political pressure from the White House regarding their determinations on hazards to public safety?”
“The Fossil Fuel industry spends billions of dollars to spread the exact propaganda you are espousing here. I assume you are getting a piece of that large pie...”
barbaradurkin on Jun 15, 2012 at 13:23:03
“While Cape Wind EMI was under permitting, the developer proposed a diesel-fired fuel plant next to an elementary school in Chelsea, MA.
I'm not paid to voice my objections against a public safety hazard. Or paid to publicly call out deliberate political pressure intended to advance an agenda, public subsidies by rent seekers in exchange for unreliable and cost-prohibitive offshore wind energy.
'The Wind Lobby Is Powered by Fossil Fuels'
"...Furthermore, the American Wind Energy Association’s spokesmen and their many boosters in the blogosphere regularly deride anyone who criticizes industrial wind projects as somehow being in the thrall of the fossil fuel sector. But their rhetoric doesn’t match reality. The hard truth is this: AWEA represents the fossil fuel industry..."”
“Jeez. Why is this article in the "green" section? It should be moved to the BS section. The fossil fuel industry is spending unknown billions of dollars a year to bring down renewable energy and BS articles like this one are constantly being written as a result. and distributed around the net.
Here is a link to a article that explains why fossil fuel companies hate solar power (wind power's younger sibling). Solar brings down the cost of electricity, but most people don't know that because the fossil fuel industry spends billions of dollars to convince us that the opposite is true.”
“@oilpatch Give us a break dude... You obviously have no idea how much an Air Craft carrier costs to build and operate and how many are required to protect the shipment of oil around the world. You don't pay for them at the pump. You also have no idea how much the burning of oil and coal increases worldwide medical costs. And yes, the burning of fossil fuels causes climate change, and that cost is going to be astronomical.. The actual cost of fossil fuel is easily 10 times the cost of renewable energy. So spare us your propaganda.”