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Well I'd have to assume they get their electricity from some renewable source fairly cheaply and there aren't many residents being covered by them OR you guys are getting subsidized somehow OR your state laws are just lax as hell and they're pumping tons of pollutants into the air/water without you knowing it.

And I said ONE of the cheapest, not THE cheapest. I'd be seriously surprised if you could find a major metro area with prices like yours.
Quick look, ~400MW of capacity is from nat-gas, ~350MW is coal, 70MW is hydro, and 10MW is wind.

It is nice that we have cheap electricity, as public transit is utterly non-existent in NoWhere...and if you don't have a car, you can't have a job due to sprawl.
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post #102 of 801
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NoWhere is in the US FYI. ~5 hours away from any MicroCenter or ~8 hours away from any FiOS neighborhood by Interstate, since you brought it up. We have cheap kWhr fortunately thx local public utility.
Lol, I know what you mean. I didn't even know what a microcenter was until I joined this site.... I live in nowhere too. I have a better name for the location but i think it's against the rules to say it.
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The problem is that it only addresses carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas... Does nothing for sulfur oxides and nitrogen oxides, all of which are significant contributors to smog and air pollution. And as said, a catalytic converter can only do so much, and the best catalysts are only getting rarer and more expensive.

If this is only used for fuels for transportation methods, that would be fine! For power generation, we really need to move away from using hydrocarbons--it'll be much better for the environment if we invest in solar and wind.
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However, global warming activists won't be happy about this.
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adapted E. coli bacterium – that feeds solely on carbon dioxide and excretes liquid hydrocarbons: diesel fuel, jet fuel and gasoline.
win
post #105 of 801
So...why isn't this the main story on every website in the world? Seems it may be premature to be getting excited.
post #106 of 801
inb4 Oil comapany's shell out money too keep this technology silent.

But this is epic win.
post #107 of 801
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However, global warming activists won't be happy about this.
Nope, they'd be fine with it. It takes CO2 from the atmosphere and solar energy, then makes gasoline/whatever out of it. When you burn it, the carbon goes back into the atmosphere. It's the exact same as electrical solar energy in the end, just the storage for the energy is in the form of fossil fuels, which we have infrastructure for, instead of batteries or hydrogen fuel cells, which we don't have infrastructure for.
    
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This is actually a setback rather than a breakthrough. I was hoping to rid us of our still dependence of fossil fuels..

We've been using it for about 150 years now. It's time to for some new technology.
Edited by Babel - 1/18/11 at 12:51pm
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This is actually a setback rather than a breakthrough. I was hoping to rid us of our still dependence of fossil fuels..
How is it a setback?

I mean, even if they discovered alternative energy tonight, they would probably still burn coal for another 10 years.
    
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Hopefully this will drop gas prices, bring the big V8s back into common use.


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Have you researched why solar energy is "expensive"? Solar energy is the most efficient energy source out there, in fact there's more energy in 1 hour of sunlight than the whole planet consumes in a year.
If only we could cover the entire earth in 100% efficient solar panels
    
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