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Old 05-07-2019, 09:43 AM   #1001
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Old 05-07-2019, 03:15 PM   #1002
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Between 1980 and 2000, 100 million hectares of tropical forest were lost, mainly from cattle ranching in South America and palm oil plantations in South East Asia.
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All this suggests around a million species now face extinction within decades, a rate of destruction tens to hundreds of times higher than the average over the past 10 million years.
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Only 3% of the world's oceans were described as free from human pressure in 2014.

Fish are being exploited as never before, with 33% of fish stocks harvested at unsustainable levels in 2015.

Live coral cover on reefs has nearly halved over the past 150 years.

Pushing all this forward, though, are increased demands for food from a growing global population and specifically our growing appetite for meat and fish.

I feel like we are at the beginning of where this clip starts. We are seeing the transformation of our planet right before the world relies on a small set of crops and I think we as a species can't stop it because we are not able to look far enough ahead of our trivial daily problems.

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Old 05-08-2019, 03:20 PM   #1003
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Old 05-09-2019, 04:01 PM   #1004
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"The IMF found that direct and indirect subsidies for coal, oil and gas in the U.S. reached $649 billion in 2015. Pentagon spending that same year was $599 billion."
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"fossil fuel subsidies were nearly 10 times what Congress spent on education."
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At the global level, energy subsidies are estimated at $4.7 trillion6 (6.3 percent of world GDP) in 2015 and $5.2 trillion (6.5 percent of GDP) in 2017.
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It is helpful to distinguish two different notions of fossil fuel subsidies. One is a narrow measure, termed pre-tax subsidies, reflecting differences between the amount consumers actually pay for fuel use and the corresponding opportunity cost of supplying the fuel. In contrast, a broader measure, termed post-tax subsidies, reflects differences between actual consumer fuel prices and how much consumers would pay if prices fully reflected supply costs plus the taxes needed to reflect environmental costs and revenue requirements.12 The post-tax measure therefore corresponds to the definition of subsidies used in this paper
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Old 05-10-2019, 09:41 AM   #1005
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Chemistry is fucking awesome.

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Plastics today are made up of large molecules called polymers which in turn are created from shorter compounds called monomers. Then those polymers are mixed with additives that make them suitable for a particular purpose.
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The result is a new kind of plastic called polydiketoenamine or PDK. With PDKs, the immutable bonds of conventional plastics are replaced with reversible bonds that allow the plastic to be recycled more effectively,” Helms says.
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When the monomers are reused to make a new plastic, they are free of the characteristics that gave the original material is color, shape, rigidity, or stretchiness. The monomers become building blocks for new plastics that bear no relationship to the originals.

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Old 05-10-2019, 10:04 AM   #1006
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the Model 3 was the 9th best-selling car in the country in April, the first time it breached the Top 10 list since December 2018.
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Old 05-13-2019, 11:20 AM   #1007
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The ending of the John Oliver segment:

Safety glasses off Motherfuckers.

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Old 05-13-2019, 02:11 PM   #1009
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So instead of those in charge of our great country being proactive and pushing our nation into the next era of energy with support systems for the workers, we get a loud mouth who falsely leads his voters into an economic and health death trap......

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The third-largest coal company in the United States has declared bankruptcy, leaving the future of its more than 1,000 workers uncertain.
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In February, a judge ruled that bankrupt coal company Westmoreland could legally abandon its union contract obligations with United Mine Workers of America (UMWA). That decision has compromised the health care benefits and pensions once promised to hundreds of current and retired miners.
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Old 05-13-2019, 02:58 PM   #1010
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To complement the coal article I just posted above, its not just the US dumping coal.

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The huge leap in solar installations in Australia over the past 12 months – both in rooftop PV and large scale solar plants – is having a dramatic impact on the daytime electricity market, and coal is the biggest loser.
Look at this graph....amazing! That little bit a gas will go bye-bye once battery storage really takes off.

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Old 05-16-2019, 09:11 AM   #1011
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Maxwell deal complete!

ALO ALTO, Calif., May 16, 2019(GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tesla, Inc.(TSLA)today announced the successful completion of its previously announced offer to exchange all outstanding shares of common stock of Maxwell Technologies, Inc. ("Maxwell") for 0.0193 of a share of Tesla common stock, together with cash in lieu of any fractional shares of Tesla common stock, without interest and less any applicable withholding taxes.

The exchange offer expired at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. As of the expiration of the exchange offer, a total of approximately 36,764,342 shares of common stock of Maxwell were validly tendered in the exchange offer and not validly withdrawn, representing approximately 79% of the aggregate voting power of the shares of Maxwell common stock outstanding immediately after the consummation of the exchange offer. All shares of Maxwell common stock that were validly tendered and not validly withdrawn prior to the expiration of the offer have been accepted by Tesla for payment in accordance with the terms of the exchange offer.

Following to the completion of the exchange offer, Tesla completed the acquisition of Maxwell by consummating the second step merger contemplated by the previously announced merger agreement between Tesla and Maxwell. As a result of this merger, all shares of Maxwell stock that were not tendered in Tesla's exchange offer were cancelled in exchange for the right to receive the same consideration paid for Maxwell stock in the exchange offer.
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Old 05-17-2019, 07:50 AM   #1012
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First time it seems that an article has been written on the timing on EV market share on oilprice.com

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People keep telling me - "oh the oil/auto industry won't die over night" Right, it's not about predicting when we use the last bit of oil, it's about predicting when the change will occur. We just need the disruption to take place and the dominoes will fall and it's already happened.....

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even as it will take time for EV sales to surpass their fossil fuel counterparts, the more important metric may be when EVs capture more of the growth in sales. If EVs begin to seize all or most of the growth going forward, the position of major automakers – and the oil market – will quickly run into trouble. It only takes change at the margins to create significant disruption.
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Old 05-17-2019, 06:25 PM   #1013
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The document shows that Cloud Peak Energy helped fund the Institute of Energy Research, a Washington, D.C.-based group that has dismissed the “so-called scientific consensus” on climate change and regularly criticizes investments in renewable energy as a “waste” of resources.
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Cloud Peak Energy, the filing shows, funded Americans for Prosperity, the Koch brothers-backed group that mobilizes political opposition to Democratic politicians and climate regulations.
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In 2016, Greg Zimmerman, an environmental activist, stumbled upon a presentation titled “Survival Is Victory: Lessons From the Tobacco Wars.” The slide deck was the creation of Richard Reavey, a vice president for government and public affairs at Cloud Peak Energy, and a former executive at Phillip Morris. Reavey argued that fossil fuel firms, particularly coal, should emulate the tactics of big tobacco, which similarly spent decades battling scientists and regulators over claims that its product harmed public health.
On the last quote - There is a book called Merchants of Doubt (and even a documentary was made about it) that explains all about how the oil industry used the big tobacco playbook. If you haven't heard or read this book, you should. It's quite the eye-opener.....

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Old 05-20-2019, 09:31 AM   #1014
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Looks like peak oil is still on track for around 2023. 1TWh of batteries is in the ballpark of displacing 1mb/d of oil demand.

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Production cost of lithium ion battery cells have fallen below $100/kWh for the first time. Now we turn to $100/kWh battery packs. @benchmarkmin data and analysis coming soon. #EV
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Good work by @BloombergNEF bringing lithium ion battery capacity to masses. They are low balling the numbers however. Our @benchmarkmin plant by plant monthly assessment shows 1.07GWh by 2023 not 1.09GWh by 2025. More capacity imminent, especially in US. This will surge in H2 ‘19
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Old 05-21-2019, 09:52 AM   #1015
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Can you walk me through disposal of used/toasted batteries? I’m not familiar with the process.
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Can you walk me through disposal of used/toasted batteries? I’m not familiar with the process.
Sure thing. Basically when the car's battery range has depleted enough that it's not useful anymore, it can still be used for storage because it still has like 70% capacity left. BMW and Nissan already have business plans utilizing old packs.

But if not the case, then the pack can be torn down and all the materials separated and used again. Tesla is working on this in their Gigafactory. Also, unlike gas that is only used once and disappears, the lithium can be used over and over again. So years from now once there are enough EVs on the road, there won't be a need to continue to mine for lithium. Plus, most people don't know, but at least in a Tesla battery, lithium is less than 2% of the materials.
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Old 05-21-2019, 08:39 PM   #1017
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Great HyperChange interview with Tasha Keeney from ARK Invest.

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Old 05-22-2019, 01:23 AM   #1018
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Are you gonna sell your Tesla stock or just wait for it to go to $0?
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Old 05-24-2019, 07:41 AM   #1019
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Old 05-24-2019, 10:15 AM   #1020
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This is what I tell people when I give them test drives now.

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