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by pune
Tue Mar 22, 2022 4:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Gasoline prices, it hurts.
Replies: 682
Views: 45971

Re: Gasoline prices, it hurts.

The last few months have made it clear to everybody who can fog a mirror that renewables are nowhere near ready for prime time and that disincentivizing investment in fossil fuels has been a huge mistake. This crisis could be renewable’s time to shine, but they’ve got nothing for us. Rising inflati...

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by pune
Tue Mar 22, 2022 2:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Gasoline prices, it hurts.
Replies: 682
Views: 45971

Re: Gasoline prices, it hurts.

The article states that well's being drilled now are less productive than earlier ones because the best sites were drilled earlier. Happens to every oil field. We (the US) just need to open new areas to fracking - NY state comes to mind, North East Ohio too. Renewables are available but are suddenl...

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by pune
Tue Mar 22, 2022 12:02 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: P&O Ferries sack 800 UK staff with a video call.
Replies: 43
Views: 3795

Re: P&O Ferries sack 800 UK staff with a video call.

Saw this, the amount of disconnect is Wow :( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWCpM9NfiBI She’s just massively thick and nasty, prerequisites for this lot, look at others like Patel, Raab and of course he who calls himself the ‘Big Dog’. This one was interviewed this morning, one of the interviewers...

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by pune
Tue Mar 22, 2022 11:49 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Gasoline prices, it hurts.
Replies: 682
Views: 45971

Re: Gasoline prices, it hurts.

The article states that well's being drilled now are less productive than earlier ones because the best sites were drilled earlier. Happens to every oil field. We (the US) just need to open new areas to fracking - NY state comes to mind, North East Ohio too. Renewables are available but are suddenl...

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by pune
Tue Mar 22, 2022 11:40 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 7257
Views: 505368

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

The income per capita in the peripheral areas of the EU (most of Spain and Portugal, the southern half of Italy, most of Bulgaria, Romania and Greece) is really low. Being part of the EU has given them nice infrastructures but that's about it. Far more than just "nice infrastructures". So...

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by pune
Tue Mar 22, 2022 11:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Downfall: The case against Boeing.
Replies: 278
Views: 44942

Re: Downfall: The case against Boeing.

Have to say that Downfall was one of the worst aviation documentaries I've seen in a long time. Of course, Boeing was primarily at fault and I'm not trying to dismiss that. But to put the focus of the film on the victims of the families is just cheap and lazy filmmaking, playing for the audience sy...

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by pune
Tue Mar 22, 2022 10:59 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Lia Thomas Trans Swimming Controversy
Replies: 127
Views: 7421

Re: The Lia Thomas Trans Swimming Controversy

I do however think you’re underplaying just how unhinged trans discourse has become on the far left. Because there is not an unhinged to underplay. Fratricidal would be a more accurate term, as there is a lot of lateral shooting in those spaces. This is unhealthy in its own regard and will be enoug...

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by pune
Tue Mar 22, 2022 1:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 290
Views: 41777

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - Q1 2022

Anyone have any insight on how the new terminal in BLR is progressing? It’s hard to find any current info (or I’m looking in the wrong places!!). Slow progress, BIAL keep saying that the terminal will open Q3 2022, but very unlikely. There seems to be lot of work left as you can see from the latest...

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by pune
Tue Mar 22, 2022 1:17 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Lia Thomas Trans Swimming Controversy
Replies: 127
Views: 7421

Re: The Lia Thomas Trans Swimming Controversy

If we don't penalize Ethiopians or Kenyans as they have certain characteristics that make them ideal for long-term running/swimming etc. then we can't penalize them the same. https://www.runnerstribe.com/news/the-greatest-long-distance-runners-of-all-time/ There is no scientific basis for Kenyans a...

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by pune
Mon Mar 21, 2022 11:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: P&O Ferries sack 800 UK staff with a video call.
Replies: 43
Views: 3795

Re: P&O Ferries sack 800 UK staff with a video call.

According to The Guardian, the new Indian crews are being paid £1.80 ($2.38) an hour. Absolutely shocking if true! https://www.theguardian.com/business/2022/mar/21/replacements-for-po-ferries-crew-paid-180-an-hour-unions-say?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Other And what is the minimum wage for the same in th...

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by pune
Mon Mar 21, 2022 11:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Lia Thomas Trans Swimming Controversy
Replies: 127
Views: 7421

Re: The Lia Thomas Trans Swimming Controversy

And the science still firmly states biology is fixed, it does not change if you change your gender. Transwomen do no need pap smear tests they need there prostate checked, that will never change. Are you absolutely sure about that? https://blog.apicha.org/what-to-know-about-hpv-cervical-cancer-bein...

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by pune
Mon Mar 21, 2022 10:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Lia Thomas Trans Swimming Controversy
Replies: 127
Views: 7421

Re: The Lia Thomas Trans Swimming Controversy

From what little I understand it isn't just a biological issue but also an emotional issue. How you think about what sex you are and how comfortable you are with your sexuality is part and parcel of it. There probably are also bisexual people (who prefer both men and women as sexual partners) that ...

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by pune
Mon Mar 21, 2022 5:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Gasoline prices, it hurts.
Replies: 682
Views: 45971

Re: Gasoline prices, it hurts.

Haven't been able to read the full story as it's behind paywall but seems shale wells aren't able to get much oil (although they pollute groundwater.) https://www.wsj.com/articles/shale-companies-drilling-more-but-oil-output-growing-little-11647855002? As commented by @Aesma, the need for energy wil...

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by pune
Mon Mar 21, 2022 3:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Downfall: The case against Boeing.
Replies: 278
Views: 44942

Re: Boeing 737 Max Netflix documentary- Downfall

If the US justice system was not compromised, So to be clear, you are saying the system is compromised but it is spot on when it says Boeing is negligent because they signed an agreement with said compromised justice system to pay a penalty and allow future prosecution in certain circumstances? Saw...

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by pune
Mon Mar 21, 2022 3:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Lia Thomas Trans Swimming Controversy
Replies: 127
Views: 7421

Re: The Lia Thomas Trans Swimming Controversy

I don't know what the short-term fix is, but the long-term fix is education, which some people simply do not want. How is education going to help female athletes compete against biological men? Because that's the topic of this thread. If LBGT activists want to be taken seriously then they should ju...

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by pune
Mon Mar 21, 2022 2:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: P&O Ferries sack 800 UK staff with a video call.
Replies: 43
Views: 3795

Re: P&O Ferries sack 800 UK staff with a video call.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06U5B_PH0OY
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Saw this, apparently Govt. knew about the P&O workers dismissal and decided to do nothing according to Times UK -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06U5B_PH0OY

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by pune
Sat Mar 19, 2022 5:48 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 7257
Views: 505368

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

BTW- despite all the setbacks on the battlefield it has been a couple of weeks he hasn't reminded the world he has nukes.... :scratchchin: Is he starting to understand that the more he threatens to use them, the less impact it still makes, unless he's actually doing it and then he's done with. Over...

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by pune
Sat Mar 19, 2022 2:15 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Status of Russian Economy
Replies: 82
Views: 10345

Re: Imminent collapse of the Russian economy

Putin is not stupid. Dont y'all think his team has worked out the figures before launching the invasion? Their huge pile of reserves will keep them going for atleast 3 years even without the significant revenues accruing from sale of weapons, oil and rare earths. They also have a large local market...

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by pune
Sat Mar 19, 2022 1:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Lia Thomas Trans Swimming Controversy
Replies: 127
Views: 7421

Re: The Lia Thomas Trans Swimming Controversy

Ideally, there should be a contingent of tans-athletes in all sports of each country for whatever sports they desire. But this I guess is a long road as it would require changes for e.g. in Olympics or any other competitive sport/event. Add to that the cultural sensitivity required for the same. Fro...

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by pune
Sat Mar 19, 2022 12:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 7257
Views: 505368

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Germany shut down some nuclear power plants literally 2 months ago. They have already ruled out bringing them back to life... Building LNG tankers means you plan to continue using lots of gas, I'm not sure that's really the long-term plan, but we shall see. As for the time it takes to build a new n...

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by pune
Sat Mar 19, 2022 12:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: P&O Ferries sack 800 UK staff with a video call.
Replies: 43
Views: 3795

Re: P&O Ferries sack 800 UK staff with a video call.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGjgCbOXD2M
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Saw this earlier today and that also perhaps gives an accurate description of what has been going on -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGjgCbOXD2M

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by pune
Sat Mar 19, 2022 12:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 7257
Views: 505368

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

The only short term solution that admittedly would be only partial is to where possible to reopen nuclear plants and for the shorter term find alternative sources for gas, which itself raises the question of availability of storage. The former was purely political, as a scientist Markell knew that ...

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by pune
Sat Mar 19, 2022 12:05 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: P&O Ferries sack 800 UK staff with a video call.
Replies: 43
Views: 3795

Re: P&O Ferries sack 800 UK staff with a video call.

The moral of the story, is to ensure you are constantly investing in your own personal skillset... don't rely on your employer to look after you.... and don't leave yourself in a vulnerable position for the day when an employer decides you are no longer required. If an employer knows that the staff...

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by pune
Fri Mar 18, 2022 9:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: P&O Ferries sack 800 UK staff with a video call.
Replies: 43
Views: 3795

Re: P&O Ferries sack 800 UK staff with a video call.

Could they have done this in the way they have done it when they were EU members? Probably not. As I understand it, worker protection is one of the bedstones of the EU, but apparently, the UK didn't like that and wanted the fire and re-hire bit although in this case, other people seem to have been ...

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by pune
Fri Mar 18, 2022 7:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: P&O Ferries sack 800 UK staff with a video call.
Replies: 43
Views: 3795

Re: P&O Ferries sack 800 UK staff with a video call.

Fire and re-hire might be the easiest way to get "qualified" staff, but it also adds the risk of future problems. If they are hiring Dubai citizens then one hopes they all speak at least English. Doubt that they are Dubai citizens. Where they came from is anyone's guess. One thing we do k...

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by pune
Fri Mar 18, 2022 4:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UK Londongrad and Russian oligarchs.
Replies: 3
Views: 610

UK Londongrad and Russian oligarchs.

A couple of days before, a gentleman introduced me to the term 'Londongrad' and I was part amused and part surprised. But then today saw these two articles in Guardian https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=1471133&p=23220523 https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/mar/1...

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by pune
Fri Mar 18, 2022 4:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: P&O Ferries sack 800 UK staff with a video call.
Replies: 43
Views: 3795

Re: P&O Ferries sack 800 UK staff with a video call.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMm-gd-TlI0
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The best commentary on the topic goes to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMm-gd-TlI0

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by pune
Fri Mar 18, 2022 3:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New electric aircraft coming circa 2026
Replies: 1
Views: 816

New electric aircraft coming circa 2026

Hi all, Just saw this - https://www.afar.com/magazine/electric-planes-are-coming-sooner-than-you-think? Seems quite a few American and European electric startups coming up. Did read the news about the Pipistrel too which was one of the threads in the last couple of days. I am guessing that aircraft ...

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by pune
Fri Mar 18, 2022 6:19 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Gasoline prices, it hurts.
Replies: 682
Views: 45971

Re: Gasoline prices, it hurts.

Crude oil was up almost $9 today. Yikes. https://oilprice.com/Energy/Oil-Prices/Oil-Rebounds-As-Market-Fears-Russian-Supply-Shock.html A lot is still to be sorted out about Russian Oil. As I said, it will be a rough spring summer, and that was before the Russian Kamikaze curveball. We will have to ...

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by pune
Thu Mar 17, 2022 4:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Gasoline prices, it hurts.
Replies: 682
Views: 45971

Re: Gasoline prices, it hurts.

POTUS has nailed the current Gas Price issue. Turning the screws on the industry now. https://twitter.com/POTUS/status/1504073842871963653 https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FN-LMExWUAA-uzC?format=png&name=small . LOL, is anyone really surprised? This has been standard practice in Canada for decades -...

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by pune
Thu Mar 17, 2022 3:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Status of Russian Economy
Replies: 82
Views: 10345

Re: Imminent collapse of the Russian economy

Sanctions, as harsh as they are, are nothing compared to razed cities and millions of refugees, even Russians can get that. So the narrative that we're bad because of sanctions can't really work. I wish people like Biden would understand that. Sanction did not faze Putin. The best we can hope is th...

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by pune
Wed Mar 16, 2022 10:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is Taiwan next?
Replies: 85
Views: 6537

Re: Is Taiwan next?

Your own statements contradict each other. On one hand, you say the west would like its factories back. On the other, you say the work that didn't go to China went to Vietnam and other low-cost manufacturing countries. Actually no, they don't contradict each other. It depends on the sector we are t...

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by pune
Wed Mar 16, 2022 2:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Gasoline prices, it hurts.
Replies: 682
Views: 45971

Re: Gasoline prices, it hurts.

At my company's HQ, where 3000 people work, there is a car workshop to deal with all the company cars. They have a bay for electric cars, along with people trained in dealing with them. It was an investment, but not a crazy one, they made it 5 or 6 years ago when there were literally 2 electric min...

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by pune
Wed Mar 16, 2022 2:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is Taiwan next?
Replies: 85
Views: 6537

Re: Is Taiwan next?

Also, an initial decoupling of economies vs China has already started during Covid, with aggressive investment in other south/south-eastern Asian countries (India, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia) who can offer a good level of locally educated manpower, less regulated job market, and similar logistic ...

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by pune
Wed Mar 16, 2022 2:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is Taiwan next?
Replies: 85
Views: 6537

Re: Is Taiwan next?

Let's not forget that, if sanctions against Russia may hit western democracies directly (gas, oil, etc), sanctions against China would actually benefit western democracies. There is the pervasive belief in the west that our industrial economies have been dismantled and relocated to China and it wou...

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by pune
Wed Mar 16, 2022 8:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is Taiwan next?
Replies: 85
Views: 6537

Re: Is Taiwan next?

Absolutely, Taiwan is next. Actually, Taiwan is already heavily in play right now, as we speak. Strategically. China is trying to put themselves on a war footing. The US appears to no longer understand geopolitics. This creates a power vacuum. Our #1 historical mistake in recent decades is empoweri...

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by pune
Wed Mar 16, 2022 12:20 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 7257
Views: 505368

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

The right is split in two halves - one is old guard conservatives who never embraced Trumpism and recognize Russia for what it is. The other is the new movement that arose in 2015/16 that parrots Trump, Flynn etc in their 'Russia is not a bad actor' narrative and sees anything our military/intel pe...

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by pune
Wed Mar 16, 2022 12:03 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Gasoline prices, it hurts.
Replies: 682
Views: 45971

Re: Gasoline prices, it hurts.

That depends regionally. For example, I've heard from an EVbro buddy of mine that a major midwestern US city doesn't even receive EV shipments to the dealer from two major manufacturers. So, if you live in that city you have to order via a dealership not even in that time zone, take delivery THERE,...

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by pune
Tue Mar 15, 2022 7:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Gasoline prices, it hurts.
Replies: 682
Views: 45971

Re: Gasoline prices, it hurts.

As far as penetration of EV vehicles is concerned, I think many people are right. Europe and China for e.g. would have full penetration (i.a. 100% EV) probably by 2025. The rest of the world however is subject to how much they spend on creating charging infrastructure in each country. The most inte...

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by pune
Tue Mar 15, 2022 6:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Met Police Lose Court Case Over Everard Vigil Conduct
Replies: 3
Views: 628

Met Police Lose Court Case Over Everard Vigil Conduct

Seems the UK police got it all wrong in the Everard silent vigil conduct that went in court a few days ago. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BEyhaaZq5g I really liked the way how the gentleman compared between the anti-lockdown protestors as well as the vigil. Also, how the judge took it seriously. ...

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by pune
Tue Mar 15, 2022 6:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Status of Russian Economy
Replies: 82
Views: 10345

Re: Imminent collapse of the Russian economy

One of the things that Russia does well apart from being a petro-state is disinformation tactics. Add to that China is their friend and while China plays a long game it also likes to have chaos just like Russia. Interestingly, seems the UK had a lot of imports from Russia both in January as well as ...

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by pune
Tue Mar 15, 2022 5:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Gasoline prices, it hurts.
Replies: 682
Views: 45971

Re: Gasoline prices, it hurts.

As far as penetration of EV vehicles is concerned, I think many people are right. Europe and China for e.g. would have full penetration (i.a. 100% EV) probably by 2025. The rest of the world however is subject to how much they spend on creating charging infrastructure in each country. The most inter...

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by pune
Tue Mar 15, 2022 4:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Gasoline prices, it hurts.
Replies: 682
Views: 45971

Re: Gasoline prices, it hurts.

Read the whole thread, interestingly though nobody talked about how oil spills. And even I was surprised as to how many oil spills and how regularly they happen, somehow they are not part of the news - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xPqi654sBk&t=495s I was just amazed. If people really knew th...

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by pune
Tue Mar 15, 2022 4:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Gasoline prices, it hurts.
Replies: 682
Views: 45971

Re: Gasoline prices, it hurts.

These folks that love Keystone always forget, it would have helped lower US energy independence as it would have been Canadian oil flowing through it, which would have idled US rigs. For now though it makes for a good story, even though the shortage is not that real. China and India will probably b...

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by pune
Tue Mar 15, 2022 3:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Gasoline prices, it hurts.
Replies: 682
Views: 45971

Re: Gasoline prices, it hurts.

EVs are basically unobtanium in huge areas of the US and Canada. From what I have understood, both have around 4-6 months waiting time and longer :( That depends regionally. For example, I've heard from an EVbro buddy of mine that a major midwestern US city doesn't even receive EV shipments to the ...

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by pune
Tue Mar 15, 2022 3:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Gasoline prices, it hurts.
Replies: 682
Views: 45971

Re: Gasoline prices, it hurts.

FlapOperator wrote:
anstar wrote:
Time to move to EVs?


EVs are basically unobtanium in huge areas of the US and Canada.


From what I have understood, both have around 4-6 months waiting time and longer :(

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by pune
Tue Mar 15, 2022 3:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Gasoline prices, it hurts.
Replies: 682
Views: 45971

Re: Gasoline prices, it hurts.

I think one hope of Putin is that the sanctions, in particular with oil and the massive price increases will eventually be rescinded on Russia, even if takes partial control of Ukraine, as the 'west' will face serous problems with their economies, politicians losing power, inability or rationality ...

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