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Al Gore's misunderstanding of thermodynamics.

  1. JSChams profile image59
    JSChamsposted 4 years ago

    Here's the story:

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government … ient-Truth

    Seems green technology is stymied by science.

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      SassySue1963posted 4 years ago in reply to this

      The audacity to pick on the man who created the internet and won a Nobel Peace Prize for misleading the masses! That takes some skill you know. smile

      I guess we can throw that money into the can that sits next to the one marked Solyndra.

      1. tirelesstraveler profile image86
        tirelesstravelerposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        LOL

    2. Josak profile image61
      Josakposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Seriously? THe second law of therodynamics deals with perpetual motion and the impossibility of complete heat transfer none of which has anything to do with the green energies mentioned, none of them are intended to be completely efficient (which is impossible) merely MORE efficient which is very possible, the crazy thing here is both she and you seem to believe that nobel prize winning scientists and multinational corporations dont understand high school physics.

      The author is a complete non entity in the scientific community and the article contains no scientific data whatsoever just vague allusions to the laws of thermodynamics grand eneough to confuse the ignorant apparently succesfully.

  2. Mighty Mom profile image90
    Mighty Momposted 4 years ago

    The Obama Administration has made putting a total of 1 million electric vehicles on American roads by 2015 a centerpiece of its transportation policy.  In response, automakers in Japan and the United States ramped up production of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) quickly over the last 2 years. 
    The practical challenges of launching new models and expanding PEV sales to mainstream consumers, however, have proven more difficult than automakers or policymakers foresaw. 
    According to a new report from Pike Research, around 410,000 PEVs will be sold between 2011 and 2015 in the United States, and cumulative U.S. sales will not reach the 1 million mark until 2018.

    Nevertheless, PEV sales are expected to ramp up strongly in the second half of this decade.  Global PEV sales are expected to surpass 1 million vehicles per year in 2017 and, by 2020, worldwide sales volumes will reach 1.7 million units annually.

    “While it is true that plug-in electric vehicles have seen delays in arriving on the market and have sold in fewer numbers than originally anticipated, we expect strong growth as global PEV sales volumes will nearly triple between 2012 and 2014,” says research director John Gartner.  “Automotive companies have made a strong commitment to electric vehicles, and their viability as a transportation platform is no longer in doubt.”

    Oh yes, and electric bicycles are an even bigger market globally than electric cars.
    But  guess the technology doesn't work because some reporter for Breitbart.com says so.

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      SassySue1963posted 4 years ago in reply to this

      They are not viable. Where are you going to plug it in? Hotel chains are not going to eat that energy drain. There are no "charging stations" and besides, who would want to sit there while you charge it? Currently, electric vehicles manage just  100 miles between charges. That is impractical. Plus, the consumer costs of these vehicles make them unaffordable for the average American (I can't speak for the rest of the world). So, yes, their viability is still in doubt.

      1. Mighty Mom profile image90
        Mighty Momposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Once upon a time there were no gas stations, either.
        Change is hard.

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          SassySue1963posted 4 years ago in reply to this

          @mightmom Really? You are going to compare a time when people travelled by horse and few owned cars to now when most own gas-powered cars? Really? With no other means of getting around? You fail to address the cost as well. How exactly, especially given the current economic situation, do you propose all these people purchase these cars? I love all the left and their "the rich are evil" but when only the rich can afford something, then it's the masses that are supposed to bite the bullet and suffer.

          1. PrettyPanther profile image85
            PrettyPantherposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            I'm glad you're not in charge of innovation.  Of anything.

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              SassySue1963posted 4 years ago in reply to this

              PP Would it matter? "WE don't build anything anyway do we? smile

              1. JSChams profile image59
                JSChamsposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                Oh no.....they didn't build that.

                That statement will be Barack Obama's Read My Lips.

                1. Cody Hodge profile image85
                  Cody Hodgeposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                  Only because people are being so willfully ignorant about it.

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                    SassySue1963posted 4 years ago in reply to this

                    Well just stop being so willfully ignorant about it and admit he said what he said, Cody! smile

                    Funny, no one seemed to mind when they jumped all over Bush Sr. for the "read my lips" thing.

              2. PrettyPanther profile image85
                PrettyPantherposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                Not if we listen to people like you.

      2. Cody Hodge profile image85
        Cody Hodgeposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        I'm sure drivers in Oregon and western Canada would disagree with you, since there are actually a network of plug-in stations across the region.

        1. JSChams profile image59
          JSChamsposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Yep....drive 40 miles charge for six hours. Gimme that.

          1. Cody Hodge profile image85
            Cody Hodgeposted 4 years ago in reply to this
            1. Ralph Deeds profile image70
              Ralph Deedsposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              The hybrids like the Chevy Volt are more practical for most people from what I've heard than the all electric vehicles like the Nissan Leaf.

        2. Ralph Deeds profile image70
          Ralph Deedsposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          They are putting charging stations in Walgreen Drugstore parking lots all over the country.

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          SassySue1963posted 4 years ago in reply to this

          That's quite possible Cody but I happen to live on the East Coast of the USA. Won't help me much now will it? Or do you suggest I push the car West and/or North and hope for the best?

          lol I hate to break this news to you Ralph, and other of my liberal friends, but this is still a big, spread out country. We all don't live in cities where everything is crammed together. I don't have a WalGreen's within an hour of me. Plus, they are only putting them in at 800 locations nationwide. Hmmm....don't think that's going to cover the continental US.

          1. Cody Hodge profile image85
            Cody Hodgeposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            You said it wasn't viable. I showed you where they are starting to make the switch.

            Don't change the subject.

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              SassySue1963posted 4 years ago in reply to this

              And yet, you've all still ignored the basic question as well. How exactly do you propose that everyone pay for these things?

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                SassySue1963posted 4 years ago in reply to this

                In Midwestern states that rely heavily on coal, driving an electric car produces 18 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than driving a typical gasoline-powered car, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists. Surprisingly, driving an electric car there produces 50 percent more greenhouse gases than driving a 50 mpg electric hybrid.

                http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/06/06/ho … ts-add-up/

              2. Cody Hodge profile image85
                Cody Hodgeposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                Well, just like almost every innovation over the course of human history, the cost of the goods will come down as production becomes more efficient and more people purchase them.

    2. JSChams profile image59
      JSChamsposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      They suck.....out loud.

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    JaxsonRaineposted 4 years ago

    Somebody better build a few dozen million wind turbines to create all that extra electricity for everyone to drive an electric car around in...

    1. JSChams profile image59
      JSChamsposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      big_smile big_smile big_smile

  4. JSChams profile image59
    JSChamsposted 4 years ago

    I love how the science is ignored because we don't like where the message came from. The progressive left in a snit!

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    JaxsonRaineposted 4 years ago

    Would everybody be OK with the US building a couple hundred new nuclear reactors so that everyone could drive electric cars?

    1. Josak profile image61
      Josakposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Absolutely yes personally, nuclear is an excellent and very safe power creation method and if done using thorium it is essentially completely harmless, nuclear power kills nowhere near as many people as coal mining for example. It also does not contribute to the greenhouse effect. The plants need to be built away from fault lines though.

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        JaxsonRaineposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Me too, actually.

        I worry that too many people are focusing on electric cars without asking themselves 'where will the electricity come from?'

        Last time I crunched the numbers, I think it would take 20-30% of our entire power supply to power our cars if they were all electric.

        This is why I like nuclear over 'renewables', among other reasons:

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zc7rRPrA7rg

        1. Josak profile image61
          Josakposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          The video really puts it in perspective. The main problem is people have been put off nuclear based on headlines without looking at the facts, it really is a very good system.

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    JaxsonRaineposted 4 years ago

    A rough calculation shows me that we would have to completely fill the entire state of Missouri, with windmills(assuming that they were all working at full capacity no matter where we put them) to power all-electric cars in the US.

    1. JSChams profile image59
      JSChamsposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I did a round trip on I-40 through Tennessee last weekend. On one stretch in the western part of the state some farmland has been filled with solar panels.  Real curious as to how much energy is being garnered from it versus the cost to install. I believe it's a UT project.
      Not only does it take lot's of windmills but once again you have people like the Kennedy's who preach for them but don't want them off the coast where it spoils their view.

  7. PDXBuys profile image82
    PDXBuysposted 4 years ago

    I think there is also a misunderstanding of the theory of complexity (also know as chaos theory).  Chaotic systems are not always predictable, even if you are an expert at Newtonian physics.  In fact, it is impossible to predict changes in chaotic systems.  Combine the Earth's climate, the stuff we put into it, and the notorious unpredictability of human behavior, and you have one of the most complex terrestrial systems known to man (other than the human brain, perhaps).  Al Gore's flaw is that he assumes we can predict the state of the environment one hundred years from now, or even twenty-five years from now.  We do not have the ability to do that.  At best, we can make some short-term changes to our behavior and hope for the best.

    1. JSChams profile image59
      JSChamsposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Let's not forget that his public personal behavior does not match his rhetoric.
      Let's preach about the environment and then leave where you were speaking in a jumbo jet belching untold amounts of carbon into the air and buy a mansion in an area you just told everyone is a future flood plain.

      The proof is in the pudding.

 
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