RCast RCAST - [Climate and Coordination]

RCAST 129 – [Climate & Coordination] Mar 19 2021- taxpayer costs of climate change, the advantages of decentralized energy solutions, 3 million abandoned oil wells, and the general vulnerability of our grid, RChain’s type checking.

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0:00:00​ – Intro

0:01:10​ – Nora – How Everybody Ends Up Paying for Climate Crisis https://www.insurancejournal.com/news…​ “There’s just no question that we’re paying the costs of climate change today—this isn’t something that’s going to happen to polar bears in 2050,” said Michael Wara, director of the climate and energy program at Stanford University. “And in certain parts of the country, those costs are becoming more apparent than others.” U.S. lawmakers over the past two decades have failed to enact a more cohesive approach to these costs. The government could impose a carbon tax, which would prod businesses to cut their emissions while creating a pool of money to help communities prepare for climate-related disasters. “A carbon tax is a prudent choice because we are already paying the climate disaster tax,” Grbusic said. “It’s just that most of us aren’t aware of it.”

0:11:20​ – Nora – Who will clean up the ‘billion-dollar mess’ of abandoned US oilwells? https://www.theguardian.com/environme…

0:24:53​ – Darryl – https://www.inverse.com/science/tribe…​ Netflix’s Best Sci-fi Series of 2021 Reveals an Urgent Crisis Facing America – Connecting with electricity utility cooperatives to work towards decentralized energy grids. 0:31:46​ – Question 3 of Greg’s 3 questions to ask yourself when thinking about feasibility of a layer one blockchain platform: What happens to this chain as user written smart contracts introduce bugs? If the answer doesn’t include type checking that prevents security and concurrency errors, you can pretty much conclude this chain will not support a large developer base.

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