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Doesn't matter, what he set in motion has become part of the American way of life. He has to be blamed for that. The automotive companies and tire companies are certainly not kicking to keep gas power alive. Why you would even say that is hard to understand.And you should know that it was Exxon, in the early '90's, that first worked on Li-on battery technology for cars. They spent a !billion before givi f up. It wasn't until years later that they became usable for that...
That's what batteries are for. With the cost of producing solar dropping so fast, in a matter of time, not so far away, we'll,see cell installations that produce much more power than needed during the day. Some do that now.In Hawaii, the power company is complaining that homeowners are pumping so much energy back into the grid, that they don't know what to do with it. They've been ordered to fix their system so that they do know. That's how it should be.
We're no going to see nuclear plants producing their own fuel. That horse has left the barn a long time ago with the rise in terrorism. The chance of that material getting captured is too great. It doesn't get proceed in the premises, and not leave the premises. It has to go to a reprocessing plant. And that material is of a low bomb quality. Not going to happen! It's what we're trying to prevent Iran from doing with their breeder reactor the Russians built for them.
Gas is by no means cleaner. And the problem with nuclear is where the large amount of waste goes. Also, unless you've got a solution to that problem, don't bother. I like nuclear as well, but I do admit that the waste problem is a biggie.
They point at Apple because of their visibility, and ever since Jobs was there Apple has touted their environmental policies. Google, less so.Solar is the best alternative so far. Panels last longer than 10-15 years. They can last 40 years, and as usual, newer tech outlasts older tech.Coal plants? Seriously!
It would be very interesting if the world worked the way your post supposes. However, it doesn't. The US rarely bocks an European merger, whereas the Europeans have blocked a number of ours. The Europeans not only rarely block mergers of European companies, but countries often force mergers between companies to keep them from being bought by US companies. This is against EU law, but it happens anyway.In Ireland, Apple is subject to their tax code, anyone who says otherwise...
I certainly appreciate, and agree with, your last sentence.Remember the term "Imperial Presidency"? That was under Nixon, whom I voted for twice, in the first election I was old enough to vote in. Today, the Republican Party would consider him to be socialistic. Same thing for Eisenhower. I voted for Reagan twice, not because I agreed with much of his policies, but to get away from the debacle before. And I voted for G Bush Senior, in whom I was deeply disappointed. When...
First of all, I never even hinted that money hasn't gone into battery research. But, most of that money has come in the last two decades. Before that, there wasn't a need for much better batteries. And most of that money that did go into research over most of that 100 years, or so, wasn't for automobile use. Again, just in the last two decades, or so. But even there, most money has gone into batteries for mobile electronics.But, if battery operated cars, which were popular...
You don't know any of the financials here.. My numbers were simplified, sure, but that doesn't mean that they aren't representative of reality. Many times we were told that Apple couldn't make it in a different industry, but they have. While auto making is further out for them, so what? That doesn't mean anything. Often, it takes someone from outside to make a significantly better product, because they don't have the dependencies those in the industry do.And Apple isn't...
What's the point? There's nothing unusual in one part of an industry supporting the other part. You can't blame them, you need to blame Eisenhower. He was the one that destroyed the railroads in favor of cars and trucks. In doing so, the electric trolleys, and trains that were on line, or coming on line were either reduced in importance, or eliminated entirely.If he didn't spend these billions on highways, and instead spent it one railroads and mass transit, things would...
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