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Favorite Rejects 2023-02-16
Texas is on track to be the leading generator of solar and wind energy in the entire country, and so, obviously, a Texas lawmaker has introduced a bill to make wind and solar power…illegal
HB 2288 would "prohibit the sale of electric energy from a non-dispatchable generation facility at wholesale in the ERCOT power region after January 1, 2030." Goodbye free market, hello dirtier more expensive energy. #txenergy #txlege
Luke Metzger @lukemetzger
How much cleaner are the clean energy technologies such as renewables, electric cars, heat pumps, and hydrogen compared to the dominant technologies? Significantly. Here’s a neat summary graph from ’s Energy Technology Perspectives 2023. iea.org/reports/energy…
“Really?! Gain-of-function research; what if there’s a leak?” “Don’t worry, virologists take plenty of precautions to avoid that” “Hmm, even if there’s never been a leak before, it still seems like there could be a risk that in the future-“ “Oh, there have been many leaks before”
idea: train a LLM on human knowledge as of august 2001 and see what predictions it get right out of sample
Interesting that with everything happening in AI, Metaculus AGI timelines have actually ticked up slightly
This is an unfortunate reminder that under China’s National Intelligence Law, any Chinese entity or *individual* is required to comply with the CCP’s intelligence requests AND do so secretly. This is precisely why the TikTok status quo cannot continue.
Takeaways: Sinema doesn't crack 25% on any of these polls despite being the incumbent, and she's more popular with Republicans than Dems Gallego does better head-to-head against Lake and Blake Independents like Gallego so far, not so much the others
US plan to become world’s cleantech superpower "revolution is under way in sectors incl. solar, nuclear, carbon capture, & green hydrogen — goals are profound: rejuvenate country’s rustbelt, decarbonize world’s biggest economy, & wrest control of energy supply chains from China"
California is slightly larger than Japan, which has 120 million people, three times as many as California, despite the fact that most of Japan's land area is mountains
@Noahpinion Can CA really support 50 million+ ? Not a single desalination plant built, atrocious real estate.
Jenna Filmore @FilmoreJenna
California also has nearly twice as much total fresh water resources as Japan (49 km^3 compared to Japan's 28 km^3).
Left-NIMBYs screech about YIMBYs online and block housing in their neighborhoods YIMBYs sue real estate companies for discrimination against the poor
Big news: A federal judge has greenlighted our lawsuit against 77 real estate companies for discriminating against voucher holders. This ruling is a major loss for real estate and a big win for families who are just looking for a place to call home. https://t.co/criRVQtEDK
Aaron Carr @aaronAcarr
This is a beautifully written paper.
Ancient Babylon was a market economy. Using the clay tablets left by the priests of the god Marduk, which had daily astronomical information and monthly price data for six goods (allowing precise dating), Temin found prices followed a random walk, and were not administered. https://t.co/U8HcK41PBV
Nicholas says, NGDP Targeting Now! 🏳️🌈🌐🇺🇦 @captgouda24