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Author Topic: Lamont's policy groups recommend big changes for first 100 days  (Read 4171 times)

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Re: Lamont's policy groups recommend big changes for first 100 days
« Reply #44 on: January 07, 2019, 10:37:30 AM »
Welp, might as well ... usually head down the rabbit hole of gun vids on Youtube most days.
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Re: Lamont's policy groups recommend big changes for first 100 days
« Reply #45 on: January 07, 2019, 11:48:55 AM »
Rewind back to the high cost of power in this state:

CT’s deregulated energy market is certainly a massive problem.  It has not played out the way it was sold to CT residents.  It worked out financially for a select few.  That is for sure.  To be clear, Eversource/CL&P embarked on the path to rape the ratepayer years ago.  CL&P was itching to be “deregulated” so they could dump the financial liability of Millstone and the environmental liability of their fossil plants.  Deregulation was not the demise of a solid utility at all. CL&P mismanaged itself into a corner by taking care of retirees and shareholders instead of ratepayers.  CL&P’s plants were aging, Millstone was not paying off terribly fast, and shareholders wanted money.  So deregulation was the saving grace of poorly run business disguised as a utility.

Utilities should have a monopoly as Edgephoto noted. The electric grid is as important as the military and it should not ride the whims of greedy “investors”.  Years ago CL&P had acres of spare parts to deal with storm damage. Now they don’t. Why? Because CT taxes what you have on hand and the bean counters decide it’s better to run with less overhead.  Power plants are taxed on the spare parts and fuels they have on hand as well.  They, too, have adopted the less overhead concept. So yeah, CT’s taxes carry over to screwing you and I once again.  Sorry for the tax rabbit trail, but a CL&P/HELCO was initially structured to ensure the grid was reliable.  Parts and equipment were replaced as needed and at times before they broke or blew up.  Revenues were setup on the basis of cost plus 10%.  Of course, once they became publicly traded the utility had start earning a profit for investors. It was an asinine plan that never should have been allowed.  Fast forward to where we are today and we have expensive power, old infrastructure, and untold unreliability.  Well that’s my piece on CT’s electricity problem from nearly 15 years of working in that field.  There are quite a few more issues at play that I did not touch on due to time constraints. 

As Edgephoto pointed out, electric cars are here and improving.  That being said, they’re currently a terrible replacement for anything but city commutes.  Of course the state will tax the snot out of them when they see widespread adoption. Furthermore, the drive by wire stuff they’re pushing is going to be a hard sell and is currently extremely unreliable.  Personally, I hate the idea.  Being linked to a charger is worse than being linked to a gas station.  Again, just my opinion. 

As for our situation, it’s bad and only going to get worse.  We are exactly where Sbhaven pointed out earlier.  We are dealing with the death of a democracy.  We long departed the republican format and have wholeheartedly pursued voting ourselves benefits and freebies. 

On that note, vote, be vocal, get involved politically as much as you can stomach, shoot often, buy more guns and ammo, and worst case scenario watch more gun videos like Supes.

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Re: Lamont's policy groups recommend big changes for first 100 days
« Reply #46 on: January 07, 2019, 08:24:38 PM »
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I can't say I disagree that some "progress" is not wonderful. However things change. Either get with it or fall behind.

If it was up to me I would roll technology back to about 1980.

Don't misunderstand what I meant. I don't like change and as far as electric cars go while there are some pros I think it is a stupid idea but then look at my thoughts on smart phones!

You can't go anywhere cuz they need to be recharged and there is no infrastructure in place and how long will a recharge take vs filling your gas tank? Electric cars are very fast, full torque the moment you punch the pedal to the medal. No tuneups or oil changes but those batteries will cost a fortune. Emergency workers have to be careful due to high voltage, how's that going to work out in a wreck when time is of the essence? Fuel injection and electronic ignition are so much better and more reliable that carbs, points, condenser and rotor, some progress is good.

All I was aying is you can't stop change or progress even if you think the change is not for the better. Companies will always gravitate to new technology for fear of being left behind or cuz they think consumers will want it.
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Re: Lamont's policy groups recommend big changes for first 100 days
« Reply #47 on: January 07, 2019, 09:47:46 PM »
Electric cars are coming. Regulations are forcing the adoption of them. CAFE requirements, emission standards and carbon emission standards around the world are forcing the end of internal combustion.

If I could show you what is in the pipeline you would see that we are making major strides toward them fitting the needs of more people. They still have a long way to go with a charging network. They have worked out some of the challenges of recharging. Future batteries will be able to recharge to 80% in 15 minutes. So if you have a 250 mile range you can get another 200 miles in 15 minutes. Not as good as gas or diesel but it is getting there. That will give you 3+ hours of driving. By then you will need to stop to take a leak or grab a bite to eat.

First responders need to be trained in the safe handling of these system in the event of accidents. Manufacturers have been doing this already with hybrids. Dealing with the high voltage systems is no more dangerous than a tank full of gasoline. If one of the batteries catches fire you will let it burn out. You can't extinguish it. Firefighters will work to keep the surrounding area from going up in flames vs. putting out the battery fire. However this is as rare as a gasoline explosion in a collision. Just a different kind of danger.

"Drive by wire" was mentioned. We have had drive by wire for 20 years now. Not too many, if any at all, still use a mechanical connection to the throttle. If you mean self driving then I am not a huge fan of that but again, it is coming like it or not. I think it will have it's place. Imagine if I84 was self-drive only. The traffic jams could be minimized because some frack nut is not weaving in and out or trying to cut into a lane at the last second causing a brake stab that cascades back for miles. Old people could live on their own longer if there was a way for them to get to the store, pharmacy or doctor. In rural areas taxis are out of the question. The down side is auto repair costs will continue to escalate.


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Re: Lamont's policy groups recommend big changes for first 100 days
« Reply #48 on: January 07, 2019, 10:22:34 PM »
Electric cars are definitely coming. China and India are just now entering a time where an average person can own a car, and they will be electric. North America may be a bit more stubborn to adopt, but Asia is already all over it and GM wants a piece. And agree totally that the only barriers are battery efficiency and performance. Year over year, battery technology improves greatly.

Tesla is going to make it happen here. GM dropped the Volt. I’ll buy a Tesla just because Elon Musk is a contrarian who deserves to beat GM.

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Re: Lamont's policy groups recommend big changes for first 100 days
« Reply #49 on: January 07, 2019, 10:24:14 PM »
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Electric cars are definitely coming. China and India are just now entering a time where an average person can own a car, and they will be electric. North America may be a bit more stubborn to adopt, but Asia is already all over it and GM wants a piece. And agree totally that the only barriers are battery efficiency and performance. Year over year, battery technology improves greatly.

Tesla is going to make it happen here. GM dropped the Volt. I’ll buy a Tesla just because Elon Musk is a contrarian who deserves to beat GM.

Now about personal-sized railguns...

I think Elon Musk is a total POS. I think Tesla will not survive the coming electric car frenzy. Most likely a real car company will buy them for the infrastructure.

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Re: Lamont's policy groups recommend big changes for first 100 days
« Reply #50 on: January 08, 2019, 05:12:32 AM »
I heard this 20 plus years ago. Where are the hippies crying bout strip mining now? These cars r know to speed on their own, cars that auto pilot crashes, wireless which mean no need to plug in to send virus, batteries quarter to half the size of the car itself, expensive cost of repair, expensive to replace the battery, tax breaks going away, poor battery life, battery disposal, etc. Wait till someone dies is a battery fire from getting hit from behind or the side. Thought Ford Pintos and your 1970's to 80's Chevy trucks were bad, just wait. And if one believes the government will not control your speed, shut done your vehicle, or allow you to do your own "inspection" at your house, recharge at your own house or auto makers sending you updates while you recharge at your house, shut down your vehicle, and easy just swap a battery and go is out of this world. Shoot, I'm not sold on electric steering, screw that. What's next electronic braking, which I'm to guess some cars already have. I posted good reasons in my posts why battery cars are not the way to go and I stand by them. Say what you will of these things you wont have me trusting my life with them. You guys can believe in these on how simple, easy, convenient, and not look at what was said but batteries, computers, viruses, and infrastructure is up to you. People here even mentioned infrastructure yet I just hear people here saying "electric cars the way of the future". Heck they fought for years to stop the Oxford power plant. Why? because they did not want the ugly thing in THEIR back yard. They wanted it in someone else's back yard. Build more power houses in Connecticut? Sure go right a head (more money for me) still need to up date everything else though. Millstone an its plants? They need to build a new one someplace else.
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Re: Lamont's policy groups recommend big changes for first 100 days
« Reply #51 on: January 08, 2019, 09:14:34 AM »
I think in an urban environment electric cars are good as you probably never drive more than 10 or 15 miles but for the average person especially in rural areas they are not ready for prime time. Look at all the changes and advancements that occurred in cars from the late 1890's through the 20's and 30's. More innovation in the 50's and 60's. Look how much more reliable cars are now with electronic ignition, if you got 100k on an engine in the 60's and 70's that was bragging rights but today engines go 200k even 400k as routine. Hydraulic brakes vs mechanical then disk vs drum, better yet. I could go on but the point is advancements continue as time goes by and I have no doubt electric and self driving cars are going to be common in the future, probably not my future but in a couple of decades. You can not stop change. Some changes have been good and some fell by the wayside.   
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Re: Lamont's policy groups recommend big changes for first 100 days
« Reply #52 on: January 08, 2019, 10:50:37 AM »
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.....Some changes have been good and some fell by the wayside.   


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Re: Lamont's policy groups recommend big changes for first 100 days
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I think in an urban environment electric cars are good as you probably never drive more than 10 or 15 miles but for the average person especially in rural areas they are not ready for prime time. Look at all the changes and advancements that occurred in cars from the late 1890's through the 20's and 30's. More innovation in the 50's and 60's. Look how much more reliable cars are now with electronic ignition, if you got 100k on an engine in the 60's and 70's that was bragging rights but today engines go 200k even 400k as routine. Hydraulic brakes vs mechanical then disk vs drum, better yet. I could go on but the point is advancements continue as time goes by and I have no doubt electric and self driving cars are going to be common in the future, probably not my future but in a couple of decades. You can not stop change. Some changes have been good and some fell by the wayside.   

Some changes have been for the better some I am not so sure about. One thing for sure is today's cars are much more reliable. The worst car today is better than the best car was 30 years ago. Cars are safer too. People survive accidents that used to kill them years ago. The down side is the cost of repairs. The vehicle absorbs the impact and all the pyrotechnic safety devices deploy so a lot more body work and parts are needed.

FYI, electric steering is not steer by wire. The power assist is provided by an electric motor vs. hydraulics. Either works fine. Not sure I would want no mechanical connection to the steering gear. However airplanes are all fly by wire now and the systems work well.

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Re: Lamont's policy groups recommend big changes for first 100 days
« Reply #54 on: January 08, 2019, 11:08:38 AM »
I prefer 2,000lb cars with 200hp to 4,000lb cars with 600hp loaded with airbags, electronics, and other crap.