Given that fusion generators that produce net energy don't exist yet -- yes, fusion is irrelevant now.
But are you saying that if fusion energy were practical at some point, it wouldn't significantly change the world economy? Hmm. The petroleum industry wouldn't disappear entirely, but we might not need to ship billions of gallons of oil anywhere -- or strip mine coal or frack anything.
And I think electric cars are already becoming quite practical, more quickly than you might expect.
The question really is... will fusion ever live up to its promise of unlimited, clean, cheap energy? If it does, it *would* be a game changer.
Obviously, if fusion turns out to be similar to fission generators, where the potential for catastrophic accidents are a concern and the total costs are comparable to coal-produced energy, then yes, it'll be no big deal.
Are you saying that we should be putting even more CO2 into the air because it seems to make make some plants grow better?
I don't think anyone is saying that the Earth itself is going to be lifeless due to increasing levels of carbon dioxide. The ecosystem changes all the time in response to climate, but do we want to be the cause of the changes? (Especially when we're not sure what will happen?)
I'm not so sure about your solution to CO2. First, it's not exactly carbon neutral or negative to grow and harvest bamboo (and then dump it all down a hole)? Second, oil wells and coal mines don't exactly sound like great storage places for preventing organic material from rotting? Third, this bamboo scheme doesn't seem financially advantageous for anyone, either, so there's no economic incentive to do it.
If we can get carbon nanofibers in an economical way, we get some desirable building materials AND suck some CO2 out of the air.
Yes. These plastic balls are made from HDPE - high density polyethylene. That's the same plastic used to make 1gal milk bottles, and they don't leak toxins because they don't contain any BPA or other additives.
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I've used it a few times to jump my car, and it works as I expected -- takes less than a minute to connect and jump. And there's not a whole lot of things that can go wrong -- just gotta make sure red is connected to red (and black to black) and that this portable battery has enough charge in it.
If you're looking around for car jumpers, I'd recommend avoiding the kind that plug into the cigarette lighter. Even though those devices look easier to use, they are limited by the fuse for the lighter outlet, so they take a while (more than a minute) to actually work.
There are other devices with more amps and whatnot, but this thing is a bit cheaper than some others. I'm no car expert or anything, and if you find a better/cheaper device, let me know.
The heaviest elements (including gold) might not be as abundant if they were formed only from stars exploding in supernova events. The majority of known gold might have been created in the collisions of neutron stars. So some of the gold we know about may be from supernova events, but most might come from star-star collisions.