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elon muskSpaceX Starlink Satellites Cost Well Below $500,000 Each and Falcon 9 Launches Less than $30 Million

Elon Musk and SpaceX COO Gwynne Shotwell have said that the per-satellite Starlink cost is already well below $500,000. This means that the internal cost of a Falcon 9 launch is less than $30 million. A Morgan Stanley analysis overestimated …

climate changeWorld Emits 37 Billion Tons of CO2 for 0.6% Increase But USA CO2 Emissions Drops 1.7%

The Global Carbon Project reported that world CO2 emissions reached 37 billion tons per year in 2019. This was an increase from the 36.6 billion tons emission estimate for 2018. This was a 0.6% increase from 2018. There was 2.1 …

batteriesIs Tesla the Only Major EV Maker Able To Get Strong Sales Without Subsidies?

China cut subsidies on electric cars which caused a 46% drop in October 2019 electric car sales versus October 2018. Global electric car sales were down 28%. The rest of the world had a 3% increase in electric car sales …

batteriesTesla China Factory 65% Less Expensive Than US Model 3 Production Line

The Tesla China factory was built in 10 months and is 65% less expensive (capex per unit of capacity) than the US Model 3 production lines. Tesla is extending its lead and advantages over other car makers. Tesla is leading …

batteriesLatest Information and Estimating 3000-4000 Tesla Shanghai Deliveries in 2019

Drone operator Jason Yang spotted over 300 Tesla sedans within GF3’s parking lot in preparation delivery. Car carriers were also seen transporting locally-made Tesla Model 3 to delivery centers across China. Global Times estimated weekly Tesla China output will be …

chinaAsia Drove Global CO2 Growth for 20 Years and Asia Growing 30 More Years

There are annual announcements of all global greenhouse gas emissions and some people anticipate those numbers to see if reductions efforts have stopped the increase in emissions. Here I will discuss how the increase in global emissions is a far …

chinaSustainably Hustling and Cheating to Become a Fully Developed Nation

China revised up its nominal 2018 gross domestic product (GDP) by 2.1% to 91.93 trillion yuan ($13.08 trillion) and this keeps them tracking to the promise doubling the size of its economy by 2020 from 2010. The current round of …

futurePredictions For 2020 to 2100

2020 starts in 26 days. 2020 is a milestone year and those are years when people love to make long-range predictions. I, Brian Wang of Nextbigfuture, have been tracking global developments for over 40 years. I will make some long-range …

energyUS Crude Oil Production at Record 12.9 Million Barrels Per Day

US crude oil production hit an all-time record of 12.9 million barrels per day. This is about triple the lowest levels in 2005-2010. Brian Wang Brian Wang is a prolific business-oriented writer of emerging and disruptive technologies. He is known for …

economic impactWorld Emissions Are Trending 38 Billion Tons CO2e Too High 2030 for 1.5 Degree Target

The 2019 UN Emission Gap report indicates that global emissions must drop 7.6 percent per year from 2020 to 2030 for the 1.5°C goal and 2.7 percent per year for the 2°C goal. The UN report says a 30 billion …