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EP: "But we still have a massive amount of atmospheric CO2 to get rid of to restore the normal balance. If injecting it into rocks isn't an option, tell me what is." It will eventually dissolve into the oceans by itself over decades, or faster with ocean fertilization. Also, it is not clear the present CO2 level is a bad level. Plants like it better than 280 ppm. Certainly much higher than present levels will eventually be a serious problem, so working to reduce emissions is important.
"...second-annual Climate Mayors Summit in Honolulu, Hawaii" I assume all these mayors avoided using jet travel by taking an electrically powered train to get there.
And what do we do with all this CO2? Storing it underground seems much more dangerous than storing nuclear waste. Nuclear waste is unlikely to escape and suffocate people.
"Global energy demand grew by 2.9% and carbon emissions grew by 2.0% in 2018..." I think it should be celebrated that poverty has been reduced worldwide so that more people can have access to electricity and transportation. And at least the carbon intensity of producing energy is being reduced.
"A stick and carrot system to compensate good results and tax the bad ones may work." So how much tax would be needed on a gallon of gasoline to make the transportation part of that happen? $15? $30? OK for the elites, but how can working people afford to get to work? Are they forced to spend more than 4 hours a day on buses?
Te is also very poisonous.
SJC, You are the one that started commenting about crop yields. Also, a link to an IPCC report or at least a peer reviewed paper would be much more convincing than a link to an advocacy organization.
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EP, If there really is significant drought from warming and farmers do not adapt with different crops and irrigation. But again, data does not support significant drought from the warming that has occurred so far.
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SJC, do you know that is just speculation? The data so far show the opposite:
Toggle Commented Apr 21, 2019 on IEA: key oil trends 2018 at Green Car Congress
How about this as a future utility strategy to let EV charging help rather than hurt demand peaks: The utility posts real time (say every minute) TOU pricing on a web portal. This price reflects supply and demand. EV owners have an app that chooses when to charge based on getting the best price. Different apps may use different algorithms, but all will do most charging when the price is low. There should be no privacy concerns about demand data, since the utility does not even need to collect individual customer TOU data (it stays inside the meter).
It seems to me that 'Government Agencies' caused a lot of the problem in Europe by favoring diesels to reduce CO2 emissions. Now we have "...normalized by population, the urban areas with the highest number of transportation-attributable air pollution deaths per 100,000 people were Milan, Turin, Stuttgart, Kiev, Cologne, Haarlem, Berlin, Rotterdam, London, and Leeds." That is an appalling list of first world cities with the world's worst pollution deaths.
Also, let's give some credit to frackers. The fuel mix would have increased coal, rather than the decrease that has reduced CO2.
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