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(Fox News)   Just when you thought it was safe to go outside, it's back. Polar Vortex 3: the Arctickening   ( foxnews.com) divider line
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2014-02-26 01:59:59 AM  
Because of this, I've been able to let my polar bear run outside all winter long.  Better yet, I've never gotten any complaints from any of my neighbors, who don't appear to be around anymore.  Making the dam bear door was a real beach though.  It sure beats, walking him while toting a big shovel and a large garbage bag to clean up after him.
2014-02-26 02:02:25 AM  
I have been commuting by fatbike most of this winter in Chicago. It has been pretty brutal. I'm sick of layering up and having to fight -40F windchills. I am driving the rest of this week. I have nothing left to proove.
2014-02-26 03:51:23 AM  

Launch Code: It's 25 degrees here in central PA. With the global warming factor it feels like 15 degrees. The forecast is calling for an another inch of climate change by morning.

I'm sure you think your snark is very clever, but about that....

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2014-02-26 03:55:40 AM  

JonBuck: Meanwhile, here in California we're expecting a whopper of a storm this weekend that'll hopefully leave a huge dent in the drought.

I hope it dumps a shiatload of snow in the mountains.  We hardly get anything during the rest of the year; winter is supposed to be our Christmas miracle.  Yet winter is close to being over, I'm already putting my warm clothes away after barely having needed them, and we've still barely had any precipitation.  I bet the ski resorts are really hurting.
2014-02-26 04:04:57 AM  

Jeng: Question.

Wouldn't it be more efficient to use an internal combustion engine to both heat a home and provide electricity?

Or do you get more heat out of the fuel by just burning it?

The energy spent on generating electricity is necessarily energy that is not released as heat -- so yes, you would actually get more heat from a fuel by simply burning it.  This is because of the thermodynamics behind the workings of an engine's combustion cycle, which tries deliberately to expend as much of the fuel's energy as possible on gas expansion, to turn the generator, while minimizing thermal transfer.

If you do NEED electricity from the generator then yes, it would be efficient to use it to double as a heater; otherwise the heat generated by the combustion engine just goes to waste.  But if you're simply trying to generate heat then it is more fuel efficient to burn the fuel you have.
2014-02-26 04:23:06 AM  

blacksho89: The politico-scientific consensus, however, that Western nations must throttle their energy use while Beijing emits unlimited and ever increasing amounts of greenhouse gases (along with heavy metals, sulfuric acid and countless other toxins) and this will somehow stop the oceans from rising if you buy enough carbon credits is absurd.

We can't force China to do anything it doesn't want to do.  And with their rate of growth, it makes sense that they would need to grab at every source of energy it can.  Whatever we do, we should do with the knowledge of that inevitability.

It seems to me that, instead of whining about how unfair it is that China gets to burn lots of coal, we should turn what you view as a hindrance (having to throttle greenhouse gas emissions) into a strength.

The fact of the matter is that energy production based on fossil fuels has gone nowhere but up in price (with the recent exception of gas due to controversial fracking).  It is inevitable because it is an exhaustible resource that gets more difficult to harvest over time.  If we take it upon ourselves to transform our energy production to make it more green, energy can simultaneously get cheaper and becomes insulated from the fluctuations and inevitable rise of fossil fuel prices.

Businesses like cheap and predictable. An inexpensive energy market, along with our much better infrastructure is a real attraction for business, and the more manufacturing that comes here, the less goes to China, and the less emissions China produces, with a significant increase in manufacturing jobs for the U.S.

In other words, taking seriously our responsibility vis-a-vis climate change, even if we take on a larger share of the responsibility than other countries, can end up being a real benefit to both us and the planet in the long term.  Climate change doesn't force us to do anything that isn't good for us anyway.  I really think we need to just rip the band-aid off and go whole-hog on new energy sources; I don't think it can be anything but a good thing.
2014-02-26 05:40:25 AM  

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2014-02-26 05:46:18 AM  

germ78: Teaser: Vortec Boogaloo?

No, just... no.

/it's #3 which is not a Boogaloo
//"Highlander 2: The Quickening" was technically #2 as well, but there are no good third movie names that might work in an arctic theme

Polar Vortex 33 1/3: The Final Insult

/Hopefully it's the final one
2014-02-26 07:28:44 AM  
Fark you Canada. And take Beiber back too
2014-02-26 09:01:51 AM  

Jeng: Wouldn't it be more efficient to use an internal combustion engine to both heat a home and provide electricity?

Look up MicroCHP.
2014-02-26 10:13:59 AM  
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2014-02-26 11:40:40 AM  
I remember a time when we used to call these things "cold fronts".  Not it's "Polar Vortex Jason".
2014-02-26 12:24:48 PM  

m1ke: I remember a time when we used to call these things "cold fronts".  Not it's "Polar Vortex Jason".

I blame Snowmageddon.

/still waiting for the media to use "Frostnado Week"
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