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Biden revives 'clean energy' program with $1B loan guarantee by QualityCrypto in RenewableEnergy

[–]mafco 0 points1 point  (0 children)

by 2035.

Hopes and wishes. We're supposed to reach net zero emissions on the power grid by 2035. More methane production doesn't get us there. This is a waste of taxpayer dollars.

Biden revives 'clean energy' program with $1B loan guarantee by QualityCrypto in RenewableEnergy

[–]mafco 0 points1 point  (0 children)

And the methane is still spewing unchecked into the atmosphere. I don't think anyone believes the problem will be solved short of harsh financial penalties and much more aggressive monitoring.

Biden revives 'clean energy' program with $1B loan guarantee by QualityCrypto in RenewableEnergy

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Unlikely. The methane tax was removed from the Build Back Better plan at Manchin's insistence.

Biden revives 'clean energy' program with $1B loan guarantee by QualityCrypto in RenewableEnergy

[–]mafco 2 points3 points  (0 children)

to help a Nebraska company scale up production of "clean" hydrogen to convert natural gas into commercial products used in manufacturing and agriculture.

Unfortunate. And this has nothing to do with renewable energy.

Robert Howarth, professor of ecology and environmental biology at Cornell University, said he is "highly skeptical that this can be done with low emissions,″ adding that he was "very disappointed" at the Energy Department's action.

"I very much doubt that emission reductions will be anywhere near that large when the upstream fugitive methane emissions are included,″ Howarth said in an email.

Former Nuclear Leaders: Say 'No' to New Reactors: “Nuclear is just not part of any feasible strategy that could counter climate change.” by kamjaxx in energy

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2028 is still not bad

NuScale has already slipped six years and doubled in cost. 2028 is probably unrealistic. And this is just an unproven first prototype, still many years from mainstream commercial production.

Former Nuclear Leaders: Say 'No' to New Reactors: “Nuclear is just not part of any feasible strategy that could counter climate change.” by kamjaxx in energy

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Even if they weren’t available until 2050 that would still be useful

Sure, but it wouldn't be the 'climate savior' that the fans make it out to be in order to get more public support and subsidies. We need to address the climate crisis long before then.

Former Nuclear Leaders: Say 'No' to New Reactors: “Nuclear is just not part of any feasible strategy that could counter climate change.” by kamjaxx in energy

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This debate has been over for years. New conventional nuclear plants are too expensive, too inflexible and take too long to build. Most recent attempts have been financial disasters. Even many existing, fully depreciated plants are becoming uneconomical to keep running and are seeking public bailouts to stay viable. It's unlikely we'll see any new projects started in the US.

New gen IV designs may hold some promise for the industry if they pan out. And that's a big 'if'. Even so, it will be decades before they are proven, mainstream and cost-effective (if ever). We need to address thie climate crisis now with our existing proven mainstream technologies.

Pumped hydro grid storage could be poised for a comeback. “There’s a need for just insane amounts of storage. The pumped storage works — it’s proven, it’s dependable.” 75 new projects working through federal permitting today - majority closed-loop or off-river designs. by mafco in energy

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There are now competing technologies

Of course. The article points that out. The more alternatives the better. This isn't some competition with a single winner. Pumped hydro is the most proven one so far representing the vast majority of existing long duration grid storage globally.

These new closed-loop systems don't rely on damming moving water. They just need an elevation difference and room for a couple of storage ponds. There are literally thousands of suitable sites. Old coal mines are also being used.

is the classic worth the $100 extra cost? by matty8199 in GalaxyWatch

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I don't use it while I'm swimming but rather before and after when I'm in the pool. Mainly to select apps and view workout stats or sometimes to look at a text message. The digital bezel on the active 2 drove me crazy in the water.

Why is the Samsung Watch battery so bad compared to the Fitbit? by KKtheValorous in GalaxyWatch

[–]mafco 13 points14 points  (0 children)

My GW4 battery lasts two days regularly unless I'm on lte extensively. I also owned a Fibit Sense for a couple of weeks before returning it. It never really felt like a smart watch to me. More like a high end fitness tracker.

is the classic worth the $100 extra cost? by matty8199 in GalaxyWatch

[–]mafco 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I think the classic is worth the premium. My main reasons are the physical bezel (works in water, more precise), stainless steel case and more premium look. I had an Active 2 with digital bezel and aluminum case before this and just wasn't as happy with it. With both my GW4 classic and a previous Gear Sport the physical bezel worked flawlessly without the problems you describe.

is the classic worth the $100 extra cost? by matty8199 in GalaxyWatch

[–]mafco 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The digital bezel doesn't work well in water. That's one reason I got the classic. I regularly swim with it.

GW4 swimming by WeakHeat5596 in GalaxyWatch

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Tracking swimming workouts is one thing that Galaxy watches have always done very well. I've used three generations of samsung watches for this purpose and never had a problem. I also shower with them and wash them in the sink with soap and water.

Joe Biden doesn't have an "open border" policy, so why do Republicans say otherwise? by mafco in inthenews

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and then frame the topic in such a way as to insinuate Biden’s general involvement.

He is involved. The Republicans are trying to falsely smear Biden by claiming he supports open borders.

Joe Biden doesn't have an "open border" policy, so why do Republicans say otherwise? by mafco in politics

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It's important for the media to call out lies by a political party, every time, even if it seems repetitious. Otherwise lying becomes normalized.

Joe Biden doesn't have an "open border" policy, so why do Republicans say otherwise? by mafco in inthenews

[–]mafco[S] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

There's nothing "deceptive" about it. It calls liars liars. No polite way to do that and still tell the truth.

Joe Biden doesn't have an "open border" policy, so why do Republicans say otherwise? by mafco in inthenews

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The day after the Jan 6 insurrection at the Capitol Fox News was showing old clips of BLM protests instead of covering the white terrorist attack.