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Study casts doubt on electric vehicles' climate-saving credentials

Ifo study casts doubt on electric vehicles' climate-saving credentials
A Tesla Model 3 has a worse life-cycle carbon footprint than a similar-sized Mercedes diesel car, the renowned German think tank has found. It warns that electric vehicles are "no panacea" against climate change.

Link: https://www.dw.com/en/ifo-study-casts-doubt-on-electric-vehicles-climate-saving-credentials/a-48460328

Germany is heading down a blind alley, the authors boldly state, because electric vehicles will "barely help to cut emissions" as battery-powered cars emit between 10% and "up to a quarter" more CO2 than a conventional diesel car.

The research trio compared the CO2 footprint of a Tesla Model 3 with those of a Mercedes 220d diesel car and a Mercedes C Class model converted from petrol to liquefied natural gas (LNG).

Their focus was on the cars' whole life cycle emissions — from the first nut welded right down to the cars' final kilometer. The life cycle in terms of distance driven was arbitrarily set at 150,000 kilometers (93,205 miles) for better judgement.

As an engineer, I've always been skeptical about claim of electric cars saving the planet because most analysts were failing to include complete life-cycle emissions for batteries and electric energy sources. It is a very complex analysis and subject to much contention. Therefore, I still withhold my final judgment and I'm probably too damned old to make the call anyway.

Regardless of your opinion on this topic, this article contains some very informative data on the various inputs to this discussion.


New Darwin Award nominee....

Black church fires: Louisiana suspect charged with hate crimes

Link: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-47938276

Prosecutors have filed new hate crime charges against a white man accused of burning down three African-American churches in the US state of Louisiana. Holden Matthews, 21, the son of a local sheriff deputy, learned of the new charges during a court appearance on Monday when he pleaded not guilty. During the hearing, the judge denied his bond request due to a "substantial amount of evidence" against him.
Among evidence presented during the pre-trial appearance, in which Mr Matthews was displayed on video feed from jail, Mr Browning testified that the suspect documented his alleged crimes through videos and photos on his phone. After he was arrested, prosecutors found pictures of the flames that appeared to have been taken before firefighters arrived to extinguish them.

They also found news reports on his phone in which he had superimposed himself on those reports in order to claim responsibility while talking to a friend online. "He actually superimposed himself on those news reports, claiming responsibility for these fires," Mr Browning said. Location data from his mobile phone and surveillance footage of his vehicle also tied him to each of the crime scenes.

Has also thereby advanced his resume' for a job in Homeland Security for tRump.......

Women Candidates Have Fun Hobbies Too - Vogue

Women Candidates Have Fun Hobbies Too, They Just Don't Get to Talk About Them
April 4, 2019 11:11 AM by Michelle Ruiz

"In the spirit of covering women candidates for the "rock stars" they, too, are: read on for 19 colorful character quirks and staggering academic achievements of Sens. Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand and Amy Klobuchar. Two of them even have dogs!"

Link: https://www.vogue.com/article/2020-women-candidates-quirky-hobbies-intellect-too

Harris also listens to music—shocking, I know. Her 45-track Black Music Month playlist, created for Huffington Post in June 2017, included A Tribe Called Quest, Lauryn Hill, The Notorious B.I.G., Childish Gambino and Andra Day.

The media loves a politician who works out. Look no further than Gillibrand, who has run two marathons and plays on the congressional women's softball team.

Sen. Klobuchar enjoys hiking and is a barre-class devotee. (“It’s a reminder that we must all be humble," she told Vogue, "because I’m like the worst in the class.”)

Artemis O'Rourke may get all the glory, but have you met Warren's own First Dog contender, Bailey the golden retriever? Warren's preferred beer is Michelob Ultra, or, as she jokingly calls it, "the club soda of beers."

(read more at the link, above)

This lovely article certainly adds to our knowledge of the personalities of these great candidates!....
Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Fri Apr 5, 2019, 12:22 AM (5 replies)
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