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Thunderf00t | Critique of Elon Musk's "Batcave in every house" 87% Posted Sep 2018

Thunderf00t | Critique of Elon Musk's "Batcave in every house"

Comment: 2 days ago

Oh sorry, did suggesting using waste soil for sea defences hurt your feelings? I'll be more considerate next time.

Thunderf00t | Critique of Elon Musk's "Batcave in every house" 87% Posted Sep 2018

Thunderf00t | Critique of Elon Musk's "Batcave in every house"

Comment: 3 days ago

I don't think you think that burning fossil fuels is an urgent problem. I think it's the most urgent problem we face as a species. That's how we differ.

Thunderf00t | Critique of Elon Musk's "Batcave in every house" 87% Posted Sep 2018

Thunderf00t | Critique of Elon Musk's "Batcave in every house"

Comment: 4 days ago

What are you going on about? Have you got shares in fossil fuels?

Thunderf00t | Critique of Elon Musk's "Batcave in every house" 87% Posted Sep 2018

Thunderf00t | Critique of Elon Musk's "Batcave in every house"

Comment: 5 days ago

Lithium batteries are a temporary technology. New battery technologies probably won't use lithium or cobalt. For example, ultra capacitors use graphene, which is carbon, the 4th most abundent element in the universe.

And the sun gives us plenty of energy. 1 hour of sun is enough energy for all human needs for 1 year.  Apparently, a solar farm the size of France could power the world. Sure that's big, but the Sahara alone could hold a few Frances. And then there's plenty of wind, hydro, waves, tidal etc. Batteries are the bottleneck, but the technology is moving very fast. Elon Musk has suggested that about 100 gigafactories could build all the batteries an electrified world would need.

I'm all for pigs with purses. Let's help capitalist pigs like Elon Musk spread some fairy dust. And capitalist pigs like Jeff Bezos build that solar farm the size of France, while paying his workers enough to live on.

Thunderf00t | Critique of Elon Musk's "Batcave in every house" 87% Posted Sep 2018

Thunderf00t | Critique of Elon Musk's "Batcave in every house"

Comment: 5 days ago

Everything will be electric - it has to be, because the oil will run out. And of course, there's climate change.

We know we will need sea defences on a huge scale, so why not get the Boring Company to deliver soil where it's needed. Great for the Boring Company, and great for the taxpayer by significantly reducing the cost of sea defences.

Thunderf00t | Critique of Elon Musk's "Batcave in every house" 87% Posted Sep 2018

Thunderf00t | Critique of Elon Musk's "Batcave in every house"

Comment: 7 days ago

That's what electric trucks are for.

Thunderf00t | Critique of Elon Musk's "Batcave in every house" 87% Posted Sep 2018

Thunderf00t | Critique of Elon Musk's "Batcave in every house"

Comment: 8 days ago

All that soil could be used for sea defences.

Joe Rogan | Elon Musk's fix for LA traffic 88% Posted Sep 2018

Joe Rogan | Elon Musk's fix for LA traffic

Comment: 11 days ago

Short haul concept: Build a 1km high tower, winch the electric VTOL to the top, and then catapult straight up, gliding to destination with a bit of electrical assistance.

First look at the electric Mercedes EQC 86% Posted Sep 2018

First look at the electric Mercedes EQC

Comment: 13 days ago

Only a fool would buy a new fossil-fuelled car today. It will be worth next to nothing when the time comes to sell it. If electric doesn't suit you right now, buy second hand.

Temperature anomalies by country: 1880 - 2017 86% Posted Aug 2018

Temperature anomalies by country: 1880 - 2017

Comment: 16 days ago

Have a look at this. https://static.skepticalscience.com/graphics/Solar_vs_temp_1024.jpg It shows solar activity and temperature since 1880. Solar activity has been decreasing since the 1960s. So it can't be responsible for the current warming.

If humans were not around, and the composition of the atmosphere was not significantly changing, then the climate would be on a cooling trend, because the sun is on a cooling trend, just as the graphs show.

And don't worry about that ice age stuff. Ice ages play out over millions of years - that's why they don't show on a graph from 1880.

Temperature anomalies by country: 1880 - 2017 86% Posted Aug 2018

Temperature anomalies by country: 1880 - 2017

Comment: 17 days ago

It's not hard know how much of the 0.8C rise is caused by humans. Just subtract the greenhouse gases we've added to the atmosphere and rerun the climate model. Then you get this: https://www.nps.gov/vafo/getinvolved/images/natural_anthropogenic_models_narrow.png

China pledges $60 billion to Africa 86% Posted Sep 2018

China pledges $60 billion to Africa

Comment: 18 days ago

Maybe, but maybe not. This is from Wikipedia: "... After a period of stagnation at the turn of the 21st century, the economy of Botswana resumed registering strong levels of growth, with GDP growth exceeding 6-7% targets. Botswana has been praised by the African Development Bank for sustaining one of the world's longest economic booms.[10] Economic growth since the late 1960s has been on par with some of Asia's largest economies. The government has consistently maintained budget surpluses and has extensive foreign-exchange reserves..." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_Botswana Yes, I was surprised too.

How about this amazing fact: If Jeff Bezos gave Africa $60 billion, his worth would only drop to what it was 9 months ago. In January 2018, Bezos was worth $105 billion. https://eu.usatoday.com/story/money/markets/2018/01/09/amazon-jeff-bezos-now-worth-more-than-microsoft-bill-gates-ever/1017602001/ That's $15 billion more than Bill Gates at the time, or Botwana's GDP for 2017.

China pledges $60 billion to Africa 86% Posted Sep 2018

China pledges $60 billion to Africa

Comment: 18 days ago

Jeff Bezos could give Africa $60 billion and still be richer than Bill Gates. JB: $163 billion, BG: $96 billion.

Temperature anomalies by country: 1880 - 2017 86% Posted Aug 2018

Temperature anomalies by country: 1880 - 2017

Comment: 19 days ago

OK, but I'm still a bit confused. Are you accepting that the 0.8C rise in the last 50 years is human caused? Therefore without humans, the average temperature today would be 0.8C cooler?

Temperature anomalies by country: 1880 - 2017 86% Posted Aug 2018

Temperature anomalies by country: 1880 - 2017

Comment: 19 days ago

OK. But which trend do you want me to extend? The actual measured temperature rise, or the temperature change without humans. Because without humans the world would be cooling. https://www.nps.gov/vafo/getinvolved/images/natural_anthropogenic_models_narrow.png

So let's extend the actual temperature trend. We've had a 0.8C rise in the last 50 years, and since we are at about 16C today, you want to know how long until we reach 25C. That 9C higher than today. If the rise is linear, some quick maths says we'll reach 25C in 562.5 years. Factor in some exponential magic, and I'd say, around 2150, give or take a few decades.

Temperature anomalies by country: 1880 - 2017 86% Posted Aug 2018

Temperature anomalies by country: 1880 - 2017

Comment: 20 days ago

First link didn't work. Here's another go: http://jeremyshiers.com/blog/global-temperature-and-co2-levels-for-last-600-million-years/globaltempandco2_last600millionyears/

Temperature anomalies by country: 1880 - 2017 86% Posted Aug 2018

Temperature anomalies by country: 1880 - 2017

Comment: 20 days ago

OK, let's do this together. This is the comedy graph you used before to support your ideas. http://www.paulmacrae.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/co2-levels-over-time1.jpg 

For your reference, the image represents 600 million years. Fortunately it is also about 600 pixels wide, so 1 pixel = 1 million years.

If the warming is at a similar rate to the warming at the end of the Permian period, then I'd say between 10 and 30 million years, give or take a few million. 

Not much detail I hear you think. Excellent point, I see you're on form today. OK, let's look together at the last 10,000 years, since the beginning of human civilisation. https://qph.fs.quoracdn.net/main-qimg-c3852e419e945134aca10e21472b3ab7

Seems the climate has been happily cooling until the last few decades when it all changed bigly. Trump blames the Chinese. I'm not so sure. What do you think happened?

Temperature anomalies by country: 1880 - 2017 86% Posted Aug 2018

Temperature anomalies by country: 1880 - 2017

Comment: 21 days ago

At this rate we'll reach 25C a few million years too early.

Temperature anomalies by country: 1880 - 2017 86% Posted Aug 2018

Temperature anomalies by country: 1880 - 2017

Comment: 22 days ago

The video shows the heating is hotting up - at a really scary rate. Remember Paris? 2C is the number we must not exceed. Red is 2C.

Imagine a see-saw with a block of wood in the middle. Human civilisation is that block of wood. The plank is the temperature. One side is rising. At some point, the block loses its grip and starts sliding, accelerating to the end of the plank, then dropping off into oblivion. 2C is that point.

The video shows we are nearing 2C at a very quick rate. Wind back a few decades and replay the video. What do you think 2018 is going to look like. And then 2019, 2010, 2021 ... 2025 ... 2040 ...

Why the temperature is rising is interesting, but not important right now. It's what we do that matters. Since we know that CO2 traps heat, then stopping our CO2 emissions would be a good start.

Temperature anomalies by country: 1880 - 2017 86% Posted Aug 2018

Temperature anomalies by country: 1880 - 2017

Comment: 22 days ago

There is no debate about why the temperature is rising. The video shows how much and how fast the temperature is rising. Note that it really starts to pick up from the 1990s.

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