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  1. There's a lot of coal hydrogen in China. Hydrogen is mostly natural gas but I wouldn't go so far as to say almost exclusively.

  2. Good point. Roughly 30 percent of the world's hydrogen is produced in China, and most of that is from coal. Fucking dirty stuff too.

  3. Jigar has a hard on for hydrogen and I don't know why. I've listened to him for years and generally agree with him but he's taking a big swing and a miss on this hydrogen bullshit.

  4. Y'know I really haven' seen nearly as much pro-hydrogen boosting as all these anti-hydrogen articles are implying. Not sure if I'm just not lurking in the correct media bubbles or not. From my vantage point there isn't a whole lot happening in the hydrogen space - which I think is actually a problem, it'd be useful to figure out good green hydrogen production processes and how to burn it in gas turbines, as a means of clean firm dispatchable power.

  5. Just look at the EU and UK hydrogen strategies. They call for massive amounts of it to be used for all sorts of things. UK wants to pipe it through NG pipelines for home heating. California is spending hundreds of millions of dollars building hydrogen fueling stations for a market that mostly doesn't exist. The new US infrastructure bill targets billions for both fossil and green hydrogen. Australia and Japan built a ship to transport cryogenic liquid hydrogen between continents. Australia just turned on a huge new coal gasification plant.

  6. Its the incentives that allow bitcoin mining to be uniquely equipped for this.

  7. Yes, you are correct, there are other options for load balancing or storage. They issue is they have many issues with getting fully implemented at scale. Maybe the market isn't there, or the storage tech isn't cost effective, etc... That will all get solve in time, which will be great.

  8. Multiple comments in reply already stating that this must be blue hydrogen powered when there's nothing in the article to that effect. Meanwhile the previous Hydrogen ferry introduced in Norway, first of it's kind in the world is powered by

  9. A very unfortunate craze because we do not yet have nearly enough renewable capacity to generate green hydrogen. Therefore, hydrogen will remain highly carbon intensive for the foreseeable future.

  10. These are ones buried in the US tax code:

  11. Renewables capacity factor is 3-10x lower than nuclear

  12. Capacity factor is just one of many design attributes to deal with. Nuclear plants have their own. I don't know why this particular parameter is given such prominent attention by renewable energy critics. The high capacity factors of nuclear plants are partly due to its inflexibility, which is a liability on modern grids.

  13. This is an EPA regulation enacted by Biden. It doesn't need congressional approval, it's already in place as of last year.

  14. And the methane is still spewing unchecked into the atmosphere. I don't think anyone believes the problem will be solved short of harsh financial penalties and much more aggressive monitoring.

  15. It's projected to reduce methane emissions by 75% by 2035.

  16. Is a bezel worth $100? Not to me. The "digital" bezel is fine BTW, I have no issue with it.

  17. The digital bezel doesn't work well in water. That's one reason I got the classic. I regularly swim with it.

  18. How do you use the bezel while you are swimming? I'm just curious lol. Also, Does the bezel work with the water lock feature?

  19. I don't use it while I'm swimming but rather before and after when I'm in the pool. Mainly to select apps and view workout stats or sometimes to look at a text message. The digital bezel on the active 2 drove me crazy in the water.

  20. My GW4 battery lasts two days regularly unless I'm on lte extensively. I also owned a Fibit Sense for a couple of weeks before returning it. It never really felt like a smart watch to me. More like a high end fitness tracker.

  21. Tracking swimming workouts is one thing that Galaxy watches have always done very well. I've used three generations of samsung watches for this purpose and never had a problem. I also shower with them and wash them in the sink with soap and water.

  22. Sure. But the headlines are written in a way to deceivingly create a false equivalency. They want so hard to have the trump media circus again their headlines create a false narrative.

  23. There's nothing "deceptive" about it. It calls liars liars. No polite way to do that and still tell the truth.

  24. I see your point but disagree. Perhaps I am not explaining myself well enough. My point is that the media take a topic like point out liars and then frame the topic in such a way as to insinuate Biden’s general involvement. Just like you read a lot now about his handling of COVID. But the articles aren’t presenting the mismanagement of GOP governors. They frame the article or more accurately their sensationalized headline to read that somehow Biden is at the crux of it and complicit. The headline’s are purposely nefarious and misleading. The current headline should have just been “Why are republicans falsely claiming there is an open border?”

  25. This title acts like Republicans lying is some new thing, they've always lied.

  26. It's important for the media to call out lies by a political party, every time, even if it seems repetitious. Otherwise lying becomes normalized.

  27. Because anything less than a physical wall and total lockdown of the border by the National Guard is labeled “open borders”.

  28. So Trump was open borders too?

  29. The area where this project is being proposed is a pretty untouched wild area, not a strip mine.

  30. Hydroelectric storage facilities, from what I understand, require more electricity than they can produce. Their primary benefit is to provide more power during peak use and help lower rates. Does that sound right to others more knowledgeable than me?

  31. I don't know if you think that's some kind of interesting revelation but all energy storage has some level of losses. See second law of thermodynamics. Pumped hydro storage is actually one of the more efficient large scale grid storage technologies.

  32. It's a boondoggle. Go ahead and keep trying but no one should expect it to work and we should heavily invest in things proven to work economically: onshore wind, LEDs, heat pumps, solar PV, electric vehicles, offshore wind, hydropower, demand-response, etc.

  33. Yeah, that's why I called it a boondoggle and said everything after the "but".

  34. Yes of course. My comment was directed more at those who will inevitably comment "but we need to spend money on all of the above!". Investments that prolong the life of fossil fuels, divert more money to the fossil fuel industry and give a false sense of hope are really counterproductive. We need to face reality - burning fossil fuels for energy, transportation and heating needs to come to an end.

  35. Uh, probably need to try to find out. Lots of things used to be expensive till we developed the technology.

  36. We've been funding carbon capture boondoggles for two decades now. They've virtually all been expensive failures all but a few are no longer in operation. It's mostly just corporate welfare to the fossil fuel industry at this point.

  37. How about both? I'd like to go carbon negative at some point. If this is the emergency it appears to be, parsimony is no virtue.

  38. There's a finite amount of available capital and we need to spend it wisely. Carbon capture has already failed spectacularly. Pursuing it further just delays the real solutions.

  39. If Putin cuts gas for an significant time period, he is imperiling his hold on power. The oligarchs demand the spice must flow.

  40. True, but Putin may not have a choice for the EU gas flowing through Ukraine if it invades.

  41. Is there still much actually flowing that route currently?

  42. I think it's around a third of the Russian gas flowing to the EU.


  44. Also, NREL is in Golden, not Boulder.

  45. Wasn't every power utility opening new fossil fuel plants back in 2010? Utility-scale wind and solar weren't yet cost-effective at the time.

  46. I read your other link. Should have been enough to make your case. It is dumb and short sighted because CA selling surpluses to TX implies that TX can't/won't add enough of its own renewables to serve its needs. Maybe interconnection is worth having for emergencies, but that doesn't occur if the flow is one way, and TX would normally be able to undercut the long distance import costs.

  47. Not going to listen to podcast, but your first link includes only short term and dumb solutions.

  48. Make sure that remote connection is enabled on the watch. Then yes.

  49. We are having these debates because of the crackpot crusade against hydrogen in any form. There is nothing that is forcing these guys to also target green hydrogen. One has to wonder why they do, twisting their arguments into dishonest pretzels in the process. By equating green and non-green hydrogen, they are actually making the greenwashing easier.

  50. Yes but this is still mostly anglo companies. China's green hydrogen projects are quite mature, and though initially they will go straight into other petrochemical processes, this is a beginning of decarbonification of their industry.

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