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May 11, 2021



Did somebody say electric cars?



That is FUNNY. Thanks MBGA.


Some economic insight from the WSJ:

Despite a commodity boom that is boosting profits, miners aren’t throwing cash at new projects, raising concerns about future shortages of some metals.

So-called technology metals, such as cobalt, copper and lithium, are set for particularly large deficits, analysts say, amid rising demand from makers of batteries, electric cars and wind turbines. Supply constraints threaten to slow countries’ plans to reduce emissions and make them more expensive, they say.

For instance, the price of copper—used in construction and to conduct electricity—has almost doubled over the past 12 months to a record of $10,762 a metric ton earlier this month. Meanwhile, the total demand for copper is forecast to increase 40% by 2030—with so-called green demand jumping by as much as 900%—according to Goldman Sachs Group, leaving a supply shortfall of 8.2 million metric tons.

To achieve the goals of the 2015 Paris climate agreement, there needs to be a quadrupling of the supply of minerals needed for clean-energy technologies by 2040, according to the International Energy Agency. For instance, the Paris-based energy watchdog says expected supply from existing mines and projects under construction is estimated to meet only half of projected lithium and cobalt requirements by 2030. Both metals are key components of batteries for electric cars and energy storage.

“This will likely mean that decarbonization could cost more than is currently estimated and will be a structurally inflationary force for some time,” says Tyler Broda, an analyst at Royal Bank of Canada.


Now we have "electric cars, so so fast". From today's WSJ:

The redesign of the Model S is the latest sign that Tesla has evolved from a sprightly startup challenging incumbents with new vehicles, to an established manufacturer that also has to upgrade legacy models to keep potential buyers interested.

The Silicon Valley company late Thursday marked the delivery of a souped-up version of its luxury sedan. Mr. Musk, Tesla’s chief executive, has billed it as the quickest production car on the market. The vehicle, dubbed Model S Plaid, can accelerate from zero to 60 miles an hour in less than two seconds.
I trust my driving skills to accommodate 0-60 in 2 seconds, but I'm definitely not comfortable with the rest of you having that acceleration :-)


I don't know about that electric motor they put in those things, but getting 0 to 60 in 2 seconds means elan's got some serious tire technology.

I'll stick to my ol Prius. Just looked it up: 10.3 secs. I just did the anti-theft cat convertor modification last month. (thanks you demshoviks for letting criminals go free).


DJ reports today that San Mateo will offer rebates for electric leaf blowers with a focus on commercial operators.

Come on, Burlingame: Help the environment, enjoyment of hearth and home, and healthy air!

Give a time limit for the rebates and then an end date for gasoline powered blowers.

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