Wednesday Open Thread

“Whoever makes the fewest mistakes wins.”

–Johan Cruyff

41 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. MichaelBowman says:

    From the internets this morning: 

    Yesterday the first Russian reservist units filmed themselves moving into position in Ukraine and today Ukraine presented the passports taken from the reservists’ corpses.

  2. harrydoby says:

    This image captures the state of today's Republican Party.


  3. Early Worm says:

    Great, short video on water use in the western US.

    Who’s using water in the west?

  4. Powerful Pear says:

    Does anyone find it interesting that the sabotage of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline that was all over the news yesterday, is not mentioned today on Drudge or other news outlets? Maybe it is but I haven’t seen any coverage.

  5. MichaelBowman says:

    FDFQ’s  bloviating may be sunsetting, at least on this one-of-many legal challenges he faces.  

    Since the 11th Circuit overturned Judge Cannon’s ruling in re: classified documents, Team Trump seems to have lost all interest in having the Special Master actually do what they wanted him to do.

  6. ParkHill says:

    Renewables Learning Curve: 10% per year exponential price decreases, by David Roberts

    One of the best reporters on the renewable energy beat.

    The forecasts make probabilistic bets that technologies on learning curves will stay on them. If that's true, then the faster we deploy clean energy technologies, the cheaper they will get. If we deploy them fast enough reach net zero by 2050, as is our stated goal, then they will become very cheap indeed — cheap enough to utterly crush their fossil fuel competition, within the decade. Cheap enough that the most aggressive energy transition scenario won't cost anything — it will save over a trillion dollars relative to baseline.

    We've gotten the sign wrong: the transition to clean energy is not a cost, it's a benefit. The implication is that it makes overwhelming sense to rapidly transition to clean energy technologies, without even counting climate and air pollution benefits. That's why the paper made a splash.

    The Oxford scholars take a different approach, centered on technology "learning curves” (sometimes called “experience curves”). They begin by noting:

    "The prices of fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and gas are volatile, but after adjusting for inflation, prices now are very similar to what they were 140 years ago, and there is no obvious long-range trend. In contrast, for several decades the costs of solar photovoltaics (PV), wind, and batteries have dropped (roughly) exponentially at a rate near 10% per year."

  7. ParkHill says:

    Pivot and attack Madlibs

    Courtesy of Rachel Bitecofer.

    "We all know there are more important issues than…."
    "What he just said is completely absurd."
    "Republicans are killing women who have pregnancy complications"

    Republicans don't cut ads to win fact checks, they cut ads to win elections.

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