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    [–] ELI5: Why is imported oil not subjected to “upstream and downstream emissions review” as is Canadian oil? raptorman556 1 points ago in CanadaPolitics

    Are carbon TAX systems looking at upstream solutions?

    Sort of. Carbon pricing generally works different for upstream oil production. Alberta excludes the oil and gas production sector from their regular carbon tax.

    Both Alberta and Saskatchewan have their oil & gas production under an output based allocation system. It's basically just carbon pricing, but much more flexible and complex. It's main purpose is to incentivize them to reduce emissions intensity while staying competitive.

    [–] Tesla could be falling short of key Model 3 goal, but who’s counting, analyst says raptorman556 0 points ago in teslamotors

    That was an internal plan from over a year before the Model 3 launch, it was never stated publicly. It just managed to leak through suppliers.

    I don't think its fair to take a goal they never even intended to be public that was from long before the Model 3 actually started production. Of course they're going to internally shoot for the best case possible.

    [–] 2018 Nissan Leaf is a stopgap electric car raptorman556 32 points ago in electricvehicles

    It honestly almost does seem like for 2018, Nissan just didn't have everything ready. The 2019 model will be so much better, with thermal management and a 300+ km range option.

    [–] ELI5: Why is imported oil not subjected to “upstream and downstream emissions review” as is Canadian oil? raptorman556 14 points ago in CanadaPolitics

    Correct. It's really just playing into a loophole in how we account for emissions. This whole situation of "reviewing upstream and downstream emissions" has become almost entirely political at this point. There is very little defending it as making sensible policy.

    It is largely the fault of how we count emissions, and how we have failed to properly account for that. Emissions are counted on a country by country basis, and that's how the Paris Agreement targets work as well. This can be a good way to enforce some accountability on individual countries, but it has some clear downsides too. Mainly, it treats leakage (when emissions simply move from one jurisdiction to another) exactly the same as a real reduction. Countries can create a facade of large emissions reductions just by moving emissions intensive production to other jurisdictions while creating very little actual change.

    So when Canada produces oil, the emissions are counted against us, which makes us look bad. But, if Canada brings the oil in from somewhere else, the emissions are counted there, and Canada looks great.

    Of course, even if Canada did reduce production of oil, it makes very little difference in the end. Canada doesn't have enough influence to move oil prices significantly in the long term. And climate change doesn't actually care about the imaginary borders we've constructed.

    In my opinion, there is a fairly easy solution to this. Eliminate the emissions review (since applying an emissions review to domestic pipelines and absolutely nothing else at all has never been anything but a campaign move). Create a "border adjustment", such as the one proposed by Gregory Minkew which basically adds on a carbon price to account for the upstream emissions of all products. This would be particularly important with an emission-intensive source like oil, as it would put things on an even playing field (from an emissions standpoint at least).

    [–] DeMar DeRozan, Serge Ibaka and Dwane Casey get thrown out at the end of the Raptors game. raptorman556 61 points ago in nba

    He didn't. Harden touched him. It was not his natural shooting motion at all, he threw his arms so far to the side it looked ridiculous, just so he could touch Holiday's hand and get a foul.

    It was a flop and a bullshit call all in one.

    [–] Referees miss clear foul on Brewer as DeRozan goes for the 2for1 raptorman556 7 points ago in nba

    And Matt doesn't get too bad. In crunch time he can get a little pro-TOR but nothing too blatant. Certainly no Tommy Heinsohn.

    Jacks says it how it is

    [–] The refs have now ejected DeMar DeRozan, Serge Ibaka, and head coach Dwane Casey in the OKC-TOR game. raptorman556 1 points ago in nba

    Yeah I agree. It's just embarrassing. I'm getting sick of the double standard between superstars and role players. Delon Wright can get mugged, and won't get a foul call. Westbrook or Harden will be at the free throw line if you breath on them too hard.

    [–] bmw 530e raptorman556 3 points ago in electricvehicles

    Has he considered a pre-owned Model S potentially?

    [–] 21 Savage Announces “Bank Account” Campaign To Teach The Youth Financial Literacy raptorman556 1 points ago in nottheonion

    Could you guys imagine a new generation of rappers that instead of just bragging about owning Ferrari's and wearing $50,000 of gold chains, encouraged people to learn about investments and financial management?

    These guys have a ton of influence on culture that is pervasive in a lot of low income areas. If they could make it "cool" to be involved in that stuff, that could be a massive shift for the better. Good for him.

    [–] 21 Savage Announces “Bank Account” Campaign To Teach The Youth Financial Literacy raptorman556 2 points ago in nottheonion

    Recently, Savage opened up to SSENSE about why he decided to stop wearing jewelry and focus more on real estate and “stocks and shit.”

    “The richest people I’ve ever met didn’t have jewelry. I ain’t wearing no jewelry because I want to be rich! At first, motherfuckers do shit because they ain’t ever had nothing,” he told the publication. “A lot of these niggas be having more jewelry than money in their bank account. I ain’t like that.”

    Spoken like a true rapper.

    EDIT: But he's doing a great thing. Good for him.

    [–] Elon Musk Predicts How the Martian Government Will Operate: “Most likely, the form of government on Mars would be something of a direct democracy […] where people vote directly on issues instead of going through representative government.” raptorman556 2 points ago in Futurology

    Always struck me as something that would never work. Sure, for something relatively simple like marijuana legalization it might work great. But the minute you hit a very complex topic (like trade deals) it doesn't work so well. People barely understand what trade deals are, much less comprehend the contents of one. They mostly just pick up whatever narrative their favourite media source tells them because they can't actually understand the topic itself.