* Posts by Plantiful

4 posts • joined 11 Feb 2011

Tesla's Elon Musk v The New York Times, Round 2

Plantiful

Re: Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk arguments are pathetic

As an owner of a Nissan Leaf, you do have to keep an eye on how much energy you have on board, just like in any kind of vehicle. You run out of gas, your car stops. You run your car at 80 mph on a near empty tank, you will need to be towed away. Electric heating takes about 10% of the range off and hard acceleration and highway speeds are less efficient than gentle starts and slower speeds. This is true for gasoline engines as well.

If I could have afforded a Tesla Model S, I would certainly have bought one. This is the newest form of transportation, and people need to know how to operate it properly, if they are to take advantage of the benefits that electric cars offer: 75% reduction in "fuel" costs, little to no maintenance, great acceleration, and much less carbon pollution (the Leaf gets 72 MPGe where I am operating it, due to the nature of our electricity).

People need to use their brains a little more.

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Plantiful

Re: Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk arguments are pathetic

Actually, you are paying a high price for a Tesla due to the technology and research that has been put into this most significant advance in transportation. The Tesla can give you a round trip of over 250 miles, whereas a Leaf is only good for 70-100 miles (a commuting vehicle).

As more, open-minded people buy these types of vehicles, there will be more infrastructure to build them, and prices will come down.

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No 'tipping point' for Arctic sea ice - latest science

Plantiful

No mention of the latest changes in the Polar Vortex

The latest findings of the unusual weather that we have experienced over the past few years have been related to the weakening of the Polar Vortex (http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/stories/article/04557_arctic_sees_higher_temperatures_less_ice/). Yes, it's great that the warmer arctic ocean waters will evaporate more quickly and provide some level of water cooling (And air warming), but it has been suggested that this same heat weakens this vortex, letting the cold air travel to lover latitudes. This brings more heat to the arctic, which then starts a convenient, positive feedback loop towards a drastically changed climate system.

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Plantiful

And the converse is true also--

...you cannot prove that warming is not caused by human-produced carbon emissions, either. The only way to do that is by having another Earth as a control, where humans are living without burning every fossil fuel available. Since we have only one Earth, what is the issue with taking some caution and using the technology that we have made available to us?

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