Go Back   EcoModder Forum > Off-Topic > The Lounge
Register Now
 Register Now
 

Reply  Post New Thread
 
Submit Tools LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 05-30-2017, 06:33 PM   #11 (permalink)
EcoModding Newb
 
redpoint5's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Oregon
Posts: 2,827

Acura TSX - '06 Acura TSX
90 day: 31.25 mpg (US)

Lafawnda - '01 Honda CBR600 F4i
90 day: 47.32 mpg (US)

Big Yeller - '98 Dodge Ram 2500 base
90 day: 21.82 mpg (US)

Camry - '98 Toyota Camry
90 day: 27.09 mpg (US)

Prius Plug-in - '12 Toyota Prius Plug-in
90 day: 68.94 mpg (US)
Thanks: 1,101
Thanked 872 Times in 577 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by Natalya View Post
@redpoint5:
I've seen you say as much before, "it's real but we can't do much, and there's more pressing problems we can more easily solve with less money anyway." What are your thoughts on problems that climate change is indirectly causing?

For example, changing weather patterns leads to unpredictable rainfall, which leads to crop failures and food shortages, which is politically//socially destabilizing in the affected regions.

Another example is that warming is moving the mosquito line further towards the poles (and other bugs too, such as the ash borer) which spread disease or kill trees//crops.
These questions are impossible to answer objectively because there is no way to quantify the harm done by the effects of man-made global warming, just as there is no way to quantify the good that results from a warming climate. There are way too many variables at play.

Rainfall has always been unpredictable, and crop failure has always been a threat. Data shows that even if climate change has negatively impacted food production, we have more than offset those losses. Global food production per person has trended upwards since at least 1961.



https://ourworldindata.org/food-per-person/

I despise mosquitos as much as anyone, but there are more effective ways to control their numbers and their impact on health than the futile effort to turn down the temperature of the entire world. Malaria is an extremely survivable disease given adequate healthcare. It's orders of magnitude easier to provide adequate healthcare to people than to freeze those suckers out through climate change. Controlling their numbers through chemical or biological means is also much cheaper. Heck, CRISPR might even eliminate the ability for mosquitoes to transmit malaria.Mosquitos are a red herring to the discussion of the impact of global climate change on human quality of life.

The threat of nuclear war poses a much more likely threat to humanity than global warming, for instance. It's not that climate change is not worth thinking about, it just isn't worth getting angry or losing sleep over... and buying a Prius certainly isn't something a person should feel smug about.

Fortunately conservation and efficiency have their own intrinsic rewards, so the natural progression of things is to improve efficiency and conservation of resources. This progression of technology and efficiency will "automatically" reduce future greenhouse emissions way more than any silly Kyoto Protocol.

Fighting human nature is a losing proposition. Even if 99% of people agree that humans have a significant impact on global warming, their behavior will change very little.

__________________
Gas and Electric Vehicle Cost of Ownership Calculator







Give me absolute safety, or give me death!

Last edited by redpoint5; 05-30-2017 at 06:53 PM..
  Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to redpoint5 For This Useful Post:
acparker (05-30-2017), Xist (06-11-2017)
Alt Today
Popular topics

Other popular topics in this forum...

   
Old 05-30-2017, 08:26 PM   #12 (permalink)
Master EcoModder
 
freebeard's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: northwest of normal
Posts: 8,601
Thanks: 1,863
Thanked 2,835 Times in 2,212 Posts
In times of uncertainly, fall back on your own internal moral compass (Praise Kek). Respect your grey-beard elders:

Quote:
"The best way to predict the future is to invent it."
Quote:
"Don't reform man, reform his environment"

*cough*vertical farms*cough*
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-2017, 12:35 AM   #13 (permalink)
Engine-Off-Coast
 
Natalya's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Atlanta
Posts: 355

Hyper Black - '10 Honda Insight LX
90 day: 45.61 mpg (US)

Unit-02 Red Insight - '00 Honda Insight 5MT
90 day: 68.53 mpg (US)
Thanks: 133
Thanked 162 Times in 98 Posts
redpoint you're all over the map. But overall you sound very jaded.

The last thing you mentioned was fighting human nature is pointless. But my experience has been that humans have many kinds of lifestyles and natures. I've also noticed that money talks. Making consumption of fossil fuels expensive prompts people to do other things.

Solar is becoming cheaper than coal in the USA. We're at a point now where the green energy revolution is happening and has started become economical. At the same time electric drivetrain options and batteries are becoming better and better for transportation. And automakers are finally making aerodynamics a serious part of every vehicle they produce. Pretty soon, in most situations, the green options are going to be the cheap options, and that's going to drive a change in human behaviour.
__________________


Silver 2001 Insight (Sold)
  Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Natalya For This Useful Post:
Ecky (05-31-2017), Gasoline Fumes (05-31-2017)
Old 05-31-2017, 03:07 AM   #14 (permalink)
Master EcoModder
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Philippines
Posts: 1,841
Thanks: 976
Thanked 379 Times in 269 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by oil pan 4 View Post
As long as China and India don't think it's a problem there isn't anything the developed world can do.
Any reductions made by the US, oh Canada, UK, and Europe will be replaced and them some by fast growing China and india.
The only thing the big developed nations could do that would have any lasting or immediate effect would be to build more nuclear power plants.
Everyone says they want to reduce CO2 until they are actually given options that will reduce CO2. Then all of a sudden they don't want to do it.
Do note that China is leading the way in terms of renewables, with thier big hydroelectric and solar projects.

-

I feel sort of... semi-optimistic that we can still reduce our carbon footprint further. More and more, online work and even online shopping are reducing the need for travel. When you've got a population that only travels for special occassions rather than to work and shop, you've got a vastly reduced carbon footprint per head.

Then there's the whimsical news that the adoption of LED lighting is shrinking the GDP... ...we've got ways to bring things down without spending huge amounts.

Maybe the future won't have millions of cars in it... and maybe I won't be able to read at night by the warm glow of an incandescent bulb (but "fake" LED-powered incandescent-a-likes, with their LED "filaments" are amusing enough)... but I expect I can live with that.
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-2017, 08:40 AM   #15 (permalink)
V8 guy
 
oil pan 4's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: NewMexico (USA)
Posts: 4,902

Sub - '84 Chevy Diesel Suburban C10
SUV
90 day: 19.5 mpg (US)

camaro - '85 Chevy Camaro Z28

Riot - '03 Kia Rio POS
Team Hyundai
90 day: 30.21 mpg (US)

Bug - '01 VW Beetle GLSturbo
90 day: 26.43 mpg (US)

Sub2500 - '86 GMC Suburban C2500
90 day: 11.95 mpg (US)
Thanks: 103
Thanked 1,144 Times in 841 Posts
The US has also lead the way in renewables. The US has been the number 1 producer of geothermal power since the 1960s. Was the number one producer of hydroelectric from the 1930s up until recently.
A iron smelting company in Maine started the first some what large scale recycling program in the 1820s when they figured out a way to add old metal bits to new iron ore and get everything to melt.

Most recycling stopped after world War 2 due to cheap energy.
__________________
1984 chevy suburban, custom made 6.5L diesel turbocharged with a Garrett T76 and Holset HE351VE, 22:1 compression 13psi of intercooled boost.
1989 firebird mostly stock. Aside from the 6-speed manual trans, corvette gen 5 front brakes, 1LE drive shaft, 4th Gen disc brake fbody rear end.
  Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to oil pan 4 For This Useful Post:
Xist (06-11-2017)
Old 05-31-2017, 09:09 AM   #16 (permalink)
Master EcoModder
 
NeilBlanchard's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Maynard, MA Eaarth
Posts: 6,705

Mica Blue - '05 Scion xA RS 2.0
Team Toyota
90 day: 42.48 mpg (US)

Forest - '15 Nissan Leaf S
Team Nissan
90 day: 156.46 mpg (US)

Number 7 - '15 VW e-Golf SEL
TEAM VW AUDI Group
90 day: 155.81 mpg (US)
Thanks: 1,861
Thanked 1,856 Times in 1,116 Posts
Brayton Point - the last coal fired power plant in Massachusetts - closed down today.

In Somerset, Last Coal-Burning Power Plant In Mass. Shuts Down | Bostonomix
__________________
Sincerely, Neil



http://neilblanchard.blogspot.com/
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-2017, 09:32 AM   #17 (permalink)
V8 guy
 
oil pan 4's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: NewMexico (USA)
Posts: 4,902

Sub - '84 Chevy Diesel Suburban C10
SUV
90 day: 19.5 mpg (US)

camaro - '85 Chevy Camaro Z28

Riot - '03 Kia Rio POS
Team Hyundai
90 day: 30.21 mpg (US)

Bug - '01 VW Beetle GLSturbo
90 day: 26.43 mpg (US)

Sub2500 - '86 GMC Suburban C2500
90 day: 11.95 mpg (US)
Thanks: 103
Thanked 1,144 Times in 841 Posts
What replaced that coal fired capacity?
Not all coal plants are bad, some fly ash is needed to make cement and pavement.
Unless anyone thinks burning coal just for the fly ash is a good idea.
__________________
1984 chevy suburban, custom made 6.5L diesel turbocharged with a Garrett T76 and Holset HE351VE, 22:1 compression 13psi of intercooled boost.
1989 firebird mostly stock. Aside from the 6-speed manual trans, corvette gen 5 front brakes, 1LE drive shaft, 4th Gen disc brake fbody rear end.
  Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to oil pan 4 For This Useful Post:
Xist (06-11-2017)
Old 05-31-2017, 11:27 AM   #18 (permalink)
EcoModding Newb
 
redpoint5's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Oregon
Posts: 2,827

Acura TSX - '06 Acura TSX
90 day: 31.25 mpg (US)

Lafawnda - '01 Honda CBR600 F4i
90 day: 47.32 mpg (US)

Big Yeller - '98 Dodge Ram 2500 base
90 day: 21.82 mpg (US)

Camry - '98 Toyota Camry
90 day: 27.09 mpg (US)

Prius Plug-in - '12 Toyota Prius Plug-in
90 day: 68.94 mpg (US)
Thanks: 1,101
Thanked 872 Times in 577 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by Natalya View Post
redpoint you're all over the map. But overall you sound very jaded...

Pretty soon, in most situations, the green options are going to be the cheap options, and that's going to drive a change in human behaviour.
I'm pessimistic about changing human nature, but I'm optimistic that our greedy nature will continue to innovate more efficient products and cheaper sources of energy. This view of people is very consistent. Sure, there are exceptions to the normal way most people behave, but living in tiny houses and eating a vegetarian diet is never going to be popular with the majority.

Quote:
Originally Posted by niky View Post
Do note that China is leading the way in terms of renewables, with thier big hydroelectric and solar projects.
China is leading the way in something, but I'm not sure we should give an award for it.

__________________
Gas and Electric Vehicle Cost of Ownership Calculator







Give me absolute safety, or give me death!

Last edited by redpoint5; 05-31-2017 at 11:34 AM..
  Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to redpoint5 For This Useful Post:
Xist (06-11-2017)
Old 05-31-2017, 12:18 PM   #19 (permalink)
Master EcoModder
 
NeilBlanchard's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Maynard, MA Eaarth
Posts: 6,705

Mica Blue - '05 Scion xA RS 2.0
Team Toyota
90 day: 42.48 mpg (US)

Forest - '15 Nissan Leaf S
Team Nissan
90 day: 156.46 mpg (US)

Number 7 - '15 VW e-Golf SEL
TEAM VW AUDI Group
90 day: 155.81 mpg (US)
Thanks: 1,861
Thanked 1,856 Times in 1,116 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by oil pan 4 View Post
What replaced that coal fired capacity?
Not all coal plants are bad, some fly ash is needed to make cement and pavement.
Unless anyone thinks burning coal just for the fly ash is a good idea.
Increases in solar, wind, hydro, and possibly gas, I think. Even a little biogas? No new nuclear - Pilgrim nuclear is closing down soon, too.
__________________
Sincerely, Neil



http://neilblanchard.blogspot.com/
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-2017, 02:22 PM   #20 (permalink)
Master EcoModder
 
freebeard's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: northwest of normal
Posts: 8,601
Thanks: 1,863
Thanked 2,835 Times in 2,212 Posts
No love for Moon power? It's reliable and inexhaustible.

Oscillating water column | Energy without Carbon

  Reply With Quote
Reply  Post New Thread


Tags
lies, scam

Thread Tools




Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.5.2
All content copyright EcoModder.com