he was suspended without pay after yesterday’s revelations,
Kaloyeros oversaw $43 billion in tech investments, including
private money leveraged by state funds. He also did quite well
for himself, collecting more than $10.4 million in pay over
the past seven years, supplementing his $549,947 salary in
2015 with $877,078 from the SUNY Research Foundation.
Meanwhile, regardless of what happens in the corruption cases,
New York taxpayers are locked into what amounts to a business
partnership with SpaceX and Tesla tycoon Elon Musk, who’s
proposing a takeover of heavily indebted SolarCity.
If it doesn’t work out, Musk can always fall back on SpaceX,
which has announced a partnership with NASA to launch an
unmanned mission to Mars — where Musk has suggested he’d like
to retire. And if not the Red Planet, there’s always Buffalo.
wrote:It was once thought that we were running
out of petrochemicals. That is no longer true. So why is
he still playing?
He is playing the long game...even with fracking eventually we
will run out of petrochemicals; especially with the inevitable
rising consumption of oil the boom will likely cause; better
if the next technology (renewables or for that matter
polywell) are developed before we really must have them. Makes
the transition easier for us.
The long game? There is no point in deploying technology we don't
need. For a problem 50 years in the future. Twenty five years of
tech advances ought to be a big help.
But there is all that money on the table isn't there?
The Chemical Rockets needed to lift a Polywell into orbit will
probably need a unique design.
Space travel is possible already. Making long distance travel
affordable seems like a good long term goal. And it solves a few
problems on earth as well.
least initially, solar was subsidized to encourage development and
adoption of solar electricity generation. It has definitely become
much more widely used that it was 10 or 20 years ago, not to
mention the improvements in efficiency and price.
I've never heard of base load power being required for solar to
function. If it was, you'd have to plug your solar powered
calculator into the wall outlet to use it. With enough panels and
proper storage it could be used for base load, but I agree that
other solutions (hydro, fission, fusion, hydrocarbon) are much
better in that role.
CO2 is included as a 'major factor' because "everyone" "knows" its
the amount of CO2 created that matters. /s Solar panel
providers/manufacturers tout CO2 output in manufacturing/usage
because that is the going thing to do when discussion power
generation today. If the makers didn't talk about it, the
And even with fully functional, in production pB11 plants solar
electric generation would still be a thing. I doubt it would be a
growing percentage of power generation like it is now, but it
would most definitely still be useful : satellites, small (or not
so small) remote locations, homes, covered parking lots (i wish
this would catch on here in Texas, where it would be useful), and
probably a number of other things.