Top 5 Funniest Videos of the 2020 US Presidential Election

At PartisanIssues.com we don’t spend much time on comedy; we try to stick to actual facts.  However, there have been some really solid performances about the Trump / Biden 2020 US Presidential election and we thought you would all enjoy a break from the seriousness of the last year. #5 Goal Fraud: If The US Election Were a Hockey Game #4 Bad Lip Sync: Watch Trump Double Down on Insanity #3 Presidential Cup: If The 2020 US Election Were a…

VIDEO: Is There a Future For Plug In Hybrid Vehicles?

Tesla fan boys and some other industry observers claim that plug-in hybrid vehicles are a needlessly complex and expensive technology and more importantly that consumers will not buy PHEV’s because full battery electric’s (BEV’s) are so much better. In this video Volvo US CEO Anders Gustafsson explains there is a bright future for Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles (PHEV), at least in the short run.  Volvo will double down on electrification under his leadership and they will promote PHEV’s to most of…

Where Canadian parties stand – Taxes and Housing

For many Canadians, housing is a huge priority in determining who wins in federal elections. Many people in the working force do not want to spend the rest of their lives bogged down with house rent. In certain cities like Toronto and Vancouver, demand for housing has led to exceedingly high prices. According to Statistics Canada, Housing is one of the biggest expenses for many Canadians. If you add up the cost of maintenance and repairs, then any political party…

Why Scientists Should NOT Look For Public Support from Politicians

Over the years we have considered several counterintuitive psychological conditions that cause citizens and politicians to act in ways others see as irrational: Why Good People, Including Politicians, Give Into Strongmen & Support Blatant Lies VIDEO: Prius or Pickup – The Psychology of Deep Political Division in 2 Minutes VIDEO: The Biology of Why Facts Don’t Win Fights and here is one more we think you will find interesting.  In 2014 Yale Law school professor known for cultural cognition theory,…

Will the liberals win liberate the clean energy sector in Canada?

Canadians took to the polls late last year, an election that was won by Justin Trudeau Leader of the Liberal Party. During, the polls the Liberals won 184 seats hence allowing them to form the next government. Harper’s conservatives came in second with 99 seats and become the official opposition party. The New Democratic Party garnered 44 seats. Many of the Canadian voters were in support of parties that have more energy-saving and climate change policies. Gasoline prices have been…

What is Grid Parity & Why Coal Going to Be Used For Decades to Come

“Grid Parity” is the term used in the energy sector to describe the cost of adding electricity into power distribution systems (high voltage wires – aka ‘The Grid’) as the same for different methods of producing electricity.  It is important to note that the cost has to be the true, unsubsidized cost for Grid Parity to be a reality. Coal fired generation is often used as the baseline for Grid Parity calculations as it is the less expensive form of…

What is Battery Swap & Why Auto Manufacturers Need It?

We just completed a story on the new 2022 Nissan Pathfinder EV which is really a Nio ES8 which has a fascinating technology called battery swap.  The idea is that a semi-permanent kiosk can swap out your drained car battery for a fresh fully charged battery in the same time it would take to fill up as gas/diesel vehicle with old fashioned dino-juice: This isn’t some unproven demonstration either.  Nio already has 143 battery swap stations in 58 different cities:…

The All New 2022 Nissan Pathfinder EV with Battery Swap?

Now that Mitsubishi is part of the Nissan Renault Alliance it is time to share parts, designs and advance into a brave new all electric world.  In fact the new 2022 Nissan Pathfinder EV and Mitsubishi Outlander All EV have battery swap technology.  This means their batteries can replaced in THREE MINUTES inside a kiosk smaller than a gas station convenience store. Click to Expand   That would be great if it were true.  Unfortunately the pictures above are not…

How Big Was Trumps Loss Really? A Short List of Interesting Facts About US Presidential Elections

We had a number of people inquire about how large former President Trumps margin of defeat really was.  We know the number is near 6.9 million votes in total but because of population growth, that really provides very little context. So we decided to do some research and here is what we found. Top 10 Smallest Margins of Victory in a US Presidential Election:   By Popular Vote Percentage: The most rational way to evaluate how strong a vote is…

VIDEO: Why Trump INCREASED His Vote Count In The Areas Hardest Hit By COVID-19

In what appears to be a shocking result to many, former President Trump actually increased his support in areas of the United States hit hardest by COVID-19. In this 90 second clip from Fareed Zakaria’s show GPS broadcast on CNN, he uses articles from Bloomberg and The Atlantic to show that while Trump may have been a very dark figure in American and global politics, he was the “hope” candidate for those in local politics. As the saying goes ‘In…

A Brief Rational Look At The End of the Oil Age

“A huge shock to the system:  Our assessment is that global energy demand is set to drop by 5% in 2020, energy-related CO2 emissions by 7%, and energy investment by 18%. The impacts vary by fuel. The estimated falls of 8% in oil demand and 7% in coal use stand in sharp contrast to a slight rise in the contribution of renewables… “IEA World Energy Report So began the latest large scale report on the energy industry.  When combing through the…

What is a SPAC Special Purpose Acquisition Company & How Does It Differ From a Merger, Reverse Merger or Blank Cheque Company?

If you want to understand modern business, in particular EV, new energy and tech companies, you had better understand what a SPAC is. The world of finance used to be relatively simple.  There were just three kinds of ownership structures: Sole proprietors One person running a company Partnerships Small group of people running a company Privately held companies Usually a small group of people running a company with many (i.e. 40) shareholders that is not publicly traded so their shares…

VIDEO: Will Google Loose Its Innovation Mojo Because of the DoJ AntiTrust Case Like Microsoft Did?

Like millions of people, thousands of companies and dozens of countries, staff at our sister site URTech.ca are closely following Googles’ Antitrust case. There is much talk about how this process will take years to play out and how Google may or may not be broken up as a result.  However, there is little attention paid to how Google will involuntarily react during the process. We found a small part of a Bloomberg interview with Zillow co-founder and SuperNova founder…

Did the U.S. Just Invest $25 Million in a Brazilian Cobalt Mine To Fight China?

A new and little known agency of the United States federal government just invested USD$25 million into a Brazilian cobalt and nickel mine. Who is the US DFC? The United States Development Finance Corporation US DFC was formed in December 2019 as a replacement for several agencies including Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and Development Credit Authority (DCA) of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). As you might expect from the name of these groups, US DFC is…