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  1. I'm actually eating this right now, as I type one-handed...
  2. https://hoodline.com/2018/10/uber-lyft-main-reason-for-increased-traffic-congestion-in-sf-study-finds/ https://www.theverge.com/2019/8/6/20756945/uber-lyft-tnc-vmt-traffic-congestion-study-fehr-peers Whether people are taking Uber/Lyft rather than walking, or rather than taking mass transport, the tonnage of sheet metal moving about city streets is rising because of ride share services. I imagine energy use is also rising as a result, possibly faster than efficiency increases. Once fully autonomous vehicles arrive and people can do productive and/or enjoyable things during their workday c
  3. Yeah, but the moment the happy kittens meet the suffering humans, we're toast.
  4. I'm thinking of the overall efficiency of living, not just the end-to-end efficiency of moving people and things. I've no doubt that electric vehicles are more efficient than gas, even if the power plants burn fossil fuels. Oil refineries are around 90% efficient and gas cars are maybe 25%. There's also some loss in transportation, but I don't know what that is, maybe a couple percent? Natural gas combined-cycle power plants are about 60% efficient and electric cars 75%. Energy loss in transmission and distribution is around 6%. So end-to-end efficiency for gas cars is about 22% and for e
  5. Scraps from the veil can be used to filter old paint you might use to redo your bedroom. ;-).
  6. I wonder what will have the biggest impact on CO2, the electrification of transportation or the automation of it. Rideshare services like Uber were supposed to reduce traffic and parking congestion by maximizing use of rideshare cars. That's not what happened. By lowering the opportunity cost of hailing rides, ridership skyrocketed. Automation may have similarly unanticipated negative consequences. I was once highly optimistic about robotic cars, imagining the pleasure of reading a book on the way to some destination as my car negotiated rush-hour traffic more efficiently than I ever coul
  7. I forgot to address this in my previous post. I've highlighted in red your misunderstanding of what you read. Containing carbon is not the same as contributing carbon. I didn't even have to read the article to spot that error. If you wish to advance a position in this discussion, you'll have to be more careful.
  8. Why do you presume the estimates for optimal populations are more accurate than the estimates for projected populations? Both have been wildly wrong in the past. Last year, South Australia got 60% of its grid electricity from wind and solar. https://reneweconomy.com.au/south-australia-achieves-world-leading-60pct-wind-and-solar-share-over-last-year/ And the US state of Iowa got 57% of its grid electricity from wind alone. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wind_power_in_Iowa If that's impractical, I'll take it. Here's a quote from your linked article... "The overwhelming b
  9. She may be referring to this, which has revealed a thoroughly biotic explanation: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugene_Island_block_330_oil_field
  10. I see crackpot blogs in your future. Perhaps. I do sometimes gain understanding from seeing how others misunderstand. Here are the two claims Arielle made, for which I requested supporting evidence... Though I await a response from Arielle, Desiree Moonwinder produced a citation, presumably in support. Here's the conclusion from that article... The reality is not that we are "running out of oil," but rather that we are transitioning from a period of easily-accessible oil at low prices to an era of increasingly unconventional production, which has higher costs. Compa
  11. Did you read the quote I wanted citations for? If you did, now on Earth did you think your citation has any bearing on it. If you didn't, why are you here?
  12. If all fossils were laid down over the last 6000 years, so was all fossil fuel. That shifts the decimal point on production rates over several places. The specific condition of creation is sufficient to explain anything.
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