Moore’s Law has famously defined the rapid drop in price and increase in power of computer processors. For context, make sure to click on and watch the animation above.


The corollary for the solar industry is Swanson’s Law.

Yahoo Finance:

Moore’s Law might be dead, but Swanson’s Law remains alive and well.
Swanson’s Law is the observation that solar PV panels tend to become 20 percent cheaper for every doubling of cumulative shipped volume. It’s the solar industry’s equivalent of Moore’s Law, which predicts the growing computing power of processors. But as the semiconductor industry has discovered, the observation that processing power increases exponentially at a two-year or so cadence has hit a physical limit.
Fortunately, Swanson’s Law is yet to come up against such a brick wall, and solar energy costs have continued to come down precipitously for decades–without exception. And now the renewable energy industry is about to cross a major milestone that will truly set it on the path towards becoming the world’s predominant energy source.

According to a report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) cited by Reuters, beginning in 2020, electricity generated by solar PV and onshore wind is set to become consistently cheaper than the most cost-effective fossil fuel alternative, without subsidies.
In essence, more than 80 percent of solar PV and 75 percent of onshore wind power deployments to be commissioned next year will be cheaper than the cheapest new oil, natural gas, or coal-fired sources as per the report.

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Above average sci-fi movie with good performances and haunting score.

David Wallace-Wells realized in 2016 that Climate change is a “huge story”.

“I’m a journalist, I’m an editor mostly..
Just in 2016 started seeing a lot more of the news from science, was about climate, and a lot more of that climate news was really scary.
We hadn’t had any storytelling, we hadn’t had any discussion of what the world would look like north of 2 degrees.
..”

“and I just felt, ,…
As a journalist, I was like, holy shit there’s a huge story here.. Like, the way that this world could be completely transformed by these forces, is not something that anyone is writing about..”

Really? Thanks David.

Your description of your own somnolent, self-involved cluelessness sort of crystalizes the most massive journalistic failure in history.


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Autoblog:

ANDREW WHEELER, administrator of the EPA, criticizing electric cars: It’s “a product … which most families cannot approach.” — remarks Thursday.
THE FACTS: His argument that electric cars are too expensive for most Americans is overstated.
In a speech earlier this week, Wheeler cited a McKinsey & Co. analysis from March 2019 that found electric cars cost about $12,000 more per vehicle to manufacture than a comparable gasoline-powered car.
But for a new electric car, that price gap is often largely offset by the lower operating and maintenance costs over time. Tesla is the top-selling electric brand in the nation.
Federal tax credits of up to $7,500 are available for vehicle purchases depending on the model and battery capacity, though the credits are being phased out on General Motors and Tesla vehicles. Many states also offer additional incentives for EV purchasers, from tax rebates for the car and home charging equipment to the free use of commuter toll lanes. 
EV drivers also don’t have to fill up at the gas pump, pay for oil changes or replace timing belts or spark plugs. A 2018 study from the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute found that electric vehicles cost less than half as much to operate as gas-powered cars — $485 per year for EVs compared to $1,117 for gasoline-powered models. So over 10 years, an EV driver will save another $6,320.
Wheeler, a former fossil fuels lobbyist, has also suggested it’s mostly wealthy people who buy new electric cars, citing 2016 figures showing that of the roughly 57,000 households that received the EV tax credit, nearly 80% had at least a six-figure income.
Setting aside that wealthier households are generally more likely to buy new cars than poorer families, in 2016 the top-selling EV was the Tesla Model S, a luxury sedan with a more than $71,000 sticker price. But in recent years, several more economical models have come on the market, and the prices of the batteries that power EVs have fallen. For 2018, the best-selling EV was the less-expensive Tesla Model 3, which currently has a base sticker price of about $37,000. That’s below the $39,500 average U.S. sticker price of new vehicles cited by Wheeler.
The range of electric cars is growing to where many will be able to travel more than 300 miles on a single charge. McKinsey, the management consulting firm, predicts that battery and other costs will fall to about the same as gasoline engines in three to five years.

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Storm Imelda.

People willing to risk their lives and health to save animals. Wonder if they’d be willing to vote for the same?

As I watched I’m thinking, ‘..this is a city in America.”

Watch what happens about 1 minute in…

Not just on Fox News.
This is going on all over.

We know it’s powerful. Listen to former Republican Rep. Bob Inglis recounts his own awakening on climate started when his son appealed to him to “clean up his act” on Environment.

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Informed, thoughtful, and all too accurate.

I’m old enough to remember the 2000 election – you know, “..there’s not a dime’s worth of difference between Al Gore and George Bush..”.