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boiler95 t1_j8gmnhy wrote

It’s crazy that the transition from Russian fossil fuels to renewable energy outweighs the big war machines ramping up.


Crypt0n0ob t1_j8hcz1f wrote

If you mean literal war machines like tanks, helicopters and other equipment in Ukraine war, their emissions even including all the explosions they cause is nothing really. Cars in small cities produce way more pollution that entire military equipment in Ukraine right now from both sides.


boiler95 t1_j8hshyn wrote

I was thinking more the air power and specifically the US Navy and AF being on such high alert lately.


draculamilktoast t1_j8hwuok wrote

It's ironic that war accelerates the transition away from dictator farts far more effectively than anything else.


gramoun-kal t1_j8j185e wrote

Not really. Ukraine has lost a lot of its power generation, and that alone is enough to account for all the tank diesel and jet fuel and explosions.

Russians were already impossibly wasteful before. Their energy is even cheaper now, but they can't possibly waste more.

War has always helped reduce pollution. Hell, just the act of killing humans reduces CO2.


Jaker788 t1_j8i084h wrote

The natural gas shortage in Europe kinda got me on a motivated fast path to delete my gas service in the PNW. First step was a hybrid electric water heater replacing my gas one, utility offered a $500 rebate on that. Next step is induction electric range. Third step is heat pump HVAC.

As much as natural gas is the new hot thing for energy and transportation, I figure with the war it may be shorter lived or stalled a bit for something better due to prices. Hopefully we can regulate production in the US as well and stop fracking so much.


SatanLifeProTips t1_j8iltq1 wrote

I’m just north of you and it was amazing how good that new heat pump is now.

Check out multi-head mini-splits too. You can zone your home and have different temperatures in different areas. And it was cheaper than one big unit of the same power.

For my shop a pair of mini-splits was not only more power efficient but it offers redundancy in case one shits the bed. Always have a backup.

For a larger zoned houses, running 2 separate smaller systems means less pipes, quieter outdoor units and better overall system efficiency.

A note about swapping a furnace to a heat pump. Heat pumps need more air flow. The heat isn’t as hot but they make more heat by volume. So that can mean redoing ducting. Sometimes adding a multi head system and programming your old furnace to just act as a fan and stir the air in the house is a possibility. Plus our furnace is now the backup in case the heat pumps go down.


Jaker788 t1_j8inpdj wrote

Yeah on the ducting and airflow front that is something I've wondered but haven't got far enough to know if I'm good or not. It's a 1,980 sq ft house with 3 bedrooms, 1 per bedroom upstairs and 2 downstairs for even coverage would probably be the move. I'd probably go central if possible but go ductless if I couldn't get the CFM with current ducting.


SatanLifeProTips t1_j8lavlw wrote

You can always keep the furnace ducting with a undersized heat pump then put in a secondary system in the bedrooms to do temperature control in those upstairs rooms. One head per room. Bedroom temperature control is so nice for quality of life. That will take the load off the central unit.

A pro can tell you more. Ask about creative solutions. Or maybe you can move enough air and it doesn’t matter.


Projectrage t1_j8igq7c wrote

Doing the same. I’m using it as an excuse to be more efficient.


krichuvisz t1_j8i0m5a wrote

Unlucky if your electric power is produced with gas.


Jaker788 t1_j8i8p85 wrote

Amazingly it's more efficient to generate electricity with a gas turbine and use an electric heat pump than to use it directly at 95% efficiency. Gas turbines are usually 60% efficient since they don't use steam turbines, they use essentially a turbojet.

But with the new generation capacity being a large portion of renewables and grid scale energy storage projects such as moss landing and others will help stabilize the capacity, it's really a short term problem. Meanwhile the electric based appliances you have will only get more efficient as the grid gets more efficient and the gas ones will stay the same.


SatanLifeProTips t1_j8im04g wrote

And they are adding green power fast. 75% of all new power builds in 2023 are renewables including a massive amount of battery storage.


Psychomadeye t1_j8i71bm wrote

Oh no, using only 20% of the gas you'd use otherwise! Literally the worst!


Splenda t1_j8imo9u wrote

>Unlucky if your electric power is produced with gas.

Not really, because it won't be for long. Gas is now a dead man walking.


Combatpigeon96 t1_j8kxxhe wrote

If the history books say Putin stopped global warming, it’s gonna be really confusing for future social studies students.


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tandemxylophone t1_j8ty408 wrote

There's an economic phenomenon where historically places with certain resource scarcity tend to become stronger super powers (Due to stronger working middle class rights). Resource rich Nations get ravaged with endless war until they become poverty struck. This is thought to be the reason why the US became a super power, yet the agriculture bountiful South America is an economically developing country to this day.

Gas scarcity is basically the same thing. Less availability = economy adapts. Though there is a lot of pain when you build you 50 years+ worth of econony around this.