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    The Remarkable Progress of Renewable Energy

    Ammonia would be easier to store and transport than hydrogen, but the technology for ammonia-fuelled turbines is still in development. For example, Mitsubishi is developing a (mere) 40MW generator. https://power.mhi.com/news/20210301.html As far as I can tell, ammonia is difficult to use as a...
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    The Remarkable Progress of Renewable Energy

    Water is a greenhouse gas, but I was actually referring to NOx. NOx is produced by gas-fried turbines because they subject air to high temperatures, and more NOx is produced when hydrogen is mixed into the fuel because the temperature needs to be higher. I don't even know if this is a...
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    The Remarkable Progress of Renewable Energy

    It doesn't seem like it's being treated as a step towards anything, though, and burning hydrogen like natural gas, to drive steam turbines, still emits greenhouse gases. Where will we get carbon in large scale quantities to sustain our future synfuel demand? Are we going to plant huge amounts...
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    The Remarkable Progress of Renewable Energy

    I wondered why energy companies were interested in hydrogen instead of making other synthetic fuels that are easier to store, and this provides some explanation: making carbon-based fuels is expensive, even more expensive than making hydrogen.
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    The Remarkable Progress of Renewable Energy

    Think tank Agora Energiewende provides a pretty simple data dashboard that lets you visualise the result of increased renewable capacity on the grid: https://www.agora-energiewende.de/en/service/recent-electricity-data/chart/future_compare/19.06.2022/22.06.2022/future/2040/ I did a comparison...
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    The Remarkable Progress of Renewable Energy

    Pretty sure no-one has a 100% renewables plan that doesn't require miraculous progress in energy storage technology. I hope the necessary storage technology emerges in time but it was a stupid gamble to have made. In 2050 Germany may still be burning Russian gas while touting their 2080 plan...
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    Who is responsible for pregnancies? (Derail from: Policies that will reduce abortions)

    Aren't they all true? Pregnancy begins with an ovulation, an ejaculation, fertilisation and an implantation. Surely the obvious point is that ejaculation is a necessary part of causing a pregnancy and it's a part of a pregnancy that the father must contribute. On top of that, biology has...
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    Climate Change(d)?

    Pretty sure you meant to link this article: https://www.fairus.org/issue/population-environment/environmental-impact-overpopulation (You can take your pick, really. The whole site's dedicated to closing the USA's borders, so pretty much every article is going to be some variation of, "fuck off...
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    Another Fucking Mass Shooting At US School

    The Dems are one half of a two-party system. They need to choose policies that win them votes and not the GOP. The Dems probably believe that offering policies to ban guns would increase the GOP's vote more than their own, so they won't do it. Many more children will be murdered in their...
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    Another Fucking Mass Shooting At US School

    No, but it's by far the most important factor, making every other factor insignificant in comparison. I totally understand the desire to want to focus on something besides the difficult political problem of reducing gun access, but it's nothing more than a coping mechanism. Either you take away...
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    Another Fucking Mass Shooting At US School

    This claim that the left always mandates gun safes seems like total bullshit.
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    Climate Change(d)?

    The article makes no predictions about how arid the Amazon will become. It makes the related claim that, as rainfall declines in the Amazon, rainforest is more likely to die off, and that this has been happening since 2000. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-022-01287-8.pdf Doing my best...
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    Another Fucking Mass Shooting At US School

    If you can't get people to voluntarily secure their guns in a locked cabinet or safe, and you can't make laws to prosecute gun owners who fail to secure their weapons, then you aren't ever going to get people to accept access controls built into the guns themselves.
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    Google Engineer Blake Lemoine Claims AI Bot Became Sentient

    The WaPo article is available on MSN: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/the-google-engineer-who-thinks-the-company-e2-80-99s-ai-has-come-to-life/ar-AAYliU1 The bottom line seems to be that no, the machine has not become sentient, it's just a really convincing imitator of human...
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    Things that make you laugh...

    The baby has two types of t-shirt: The body-suit type that buttons up at the crotch. The type that most non-infants typically wear, that stop at the waist #1 are now referred to as the "normal" t-shirts while #2 are referred to as "crotchless". So next time you have a discussion at work about...
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