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by Leeuwenhoek2
Fri May 25, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Global Warming: Recent Data
Replies: 1538
Views: 188251

Re: Global Warming: Recent Data

There seems to be a general trends among many advocates for lower carbon emissions to underplay the scale of the response needed as well as the technology challenges. It is particularly puzzling to a number of climate scientists as to why a) even the funding of research into safer, more sustainable ...
by Leeuwenhoek2
Fri May 25, 2018 6:57 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: POTUS 2017
Replies: 553
Views: 61987

Re: POTUS 2017

Coal -- Charcoal Bit of energy history. About 200 to 300 years ago (I'm relying on memory for the dates) in Europe, the word "coal" meant what we now call charcoal. Up until then what we now call coal was called "seacoal". Mineral coal came to be referred to as "seacoal" in the 13th century; the wha...
by Leeuwenhoek2
Fri May 25, 2018 5:29 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Global Warming: Recent Data
Replies: 1538
Views: 188251

Re: Global Warming: Recent Data

CLAIM: ... many countries and regions are already at or close to 100 percent now. CLAIM CHECK: There is a group of countries, often with relatively small populations, that are gifted with the right conditions and topography to be able to generate most of their electricity from hydro electric plants....
by Leeuwenhoek2
Fri May 25, 2018 4:44 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Global Warming: Recent Data
Replies: 1538
Views: 188251

Re: Global Warming: Recent Data

CLAIM A new international study, which debunks many myths about renewable energy, ... CLAIM CHECK: The "international study" was filed as a response to a previous published article titled: Burden of proof: A comprehensive review of the feasibility of 100% renewable-electricity systems in the journal...
by Leeuwenhoek2
Tue May 22, 2018 12:36 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Global Warming: Recent Data
Replies: 1538
Views: 188251

Re: Global Warming: Recent Data

Climate change and its effects on the natural world have tracked close to the upper end of scientists' estimates for years, perhaps because scientists didn't want to be seen as "alarmists", and it's still happening: There is a popular, advocacy style, trope in reporting to say that " it's worse tha...
by Leeuwenhoek2
Tue May 22, 2018 12:05 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Global Warming: Recent Data
Replies: 1538
Views: 188251

Re: Global Warming: Recent Data

Kim, It is the case that there are fossil fuel subsidies of some sort in many countries. I think it is valid to emphasize that the concept of a "subsidy" is a bit in the eye of the beholder. Or perhaps more to the point, one needs to be careful to understand what is meant by the label. Also that the...
by Leeuwenhoek2
Mon May 14, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Global Warming: Recent Data
Replies: 1538
Views: 188251

Re: Global Warming: Recent Data

:goodpost: There's a lot of truth in what you say although there are also some significant gaps. I say it was even better than you allow. The biggest gap is that you fail to acknowledge the enormous subsidies paid to fossil-fuel producers and power generators. While they continue, subsidies to sola...
by Leeuwenhoek2
Sun May 13, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Global Warming: Recent Data
Replies: 1538
Views: 188251

Re: Global Warming: Recent Data

And the solar panels on my house paid for themselves inside four years - even at the relatively high price we paid seven years ago - and we've been banking profits ever since. ... :twothumbsup: No doubt they will "pay for themselves" ... to you. I say "it pays for itself to you" because in many cas...
by Leeuwenhoek2
Sun May 13, 2018 4:41 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Global Warming: Recent Data
Replies: 1538
Views: 188251

Re: Global Warming: Recent Data

Headline: UK's Barclays Bank hit by solar scandal Some buyers were misled into thinking rooftop panels would ‘pay for themselves’ https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/business/barclays-hit-by-solar-scandal-70fmt0d2w Barclays Bank has become embroiled in a fresh mis-selling scandal after the ombudsman ...
by Leeuwenhoek2
Sun May 13, 2018 4:31 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Global Warming: Recent Data
Replies: 1538
Views: 188251

Solar Panel Requirements -- Another Hidden Subsidy

Solar panels mandatory in California: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/may/09/california-solar-panels-power-renewable-energy It' effectively another sneaky way California subsidizes solar panels while being able to deny the state does it. It's also a regressive tax that helps wealthier citi...
by Leeuwenhoek2
Fri May 11, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: POTUS 2017
Replies: 553
Views: 61987

Re: POTUS 2017

David Reynolds with a typically incendiary article about Trump. http://politicallyincorrectdharma.blogspot.co.uk/2018/05/donald-j-trump-savior-of-western_10.html You can read this dispassionately, as another sentient being's thoughts about a topic which affects us all and merits wise consideration....
by Leeuwenhoek2
Wed May 09, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Deeper truth about politics
Replies: 45
Views: 9921

Re: Deeper truth about politics

But it's not necessarily the case that such a person wants to fix others or expects others to change. Sometimes it is, sometimes it isn't. I agree. The phrase I used -- "common impulse" -- was intended to be understood as a tendency -- something that sometimes arises but not necessarily so. Did you...
by Leeuwenhoek2
Wed May 09, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Deeper truth about politics
Replies: 45
Views: 9921

Re: Deeper truth about politics

... I find it more helpful to conceive of the problem as one of dissatisfaction with the situation as one sees it. One's world is either driven by forces one does not like, or, mutatis mutandis , threatened by them. David Reynolds/Pannobhasa's insight includes this, but is a bit one-sided in its ap...
by Leeuwenhoek2
Tue May 08, 2018 1:47 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Global Warming: Recent Data
Replies: 1538
Views: 188251

Re: Talk by head of Austrialia's gas and electricity system operator

What makes climate change a difficult issue, what trips people up, is that the big changes we are concerned about haven't happened. The big changes "exist" as predictions or forecasts -- also known as projections, scenarios, and "representative concentration pathways"/RCP's (scenarios of future CO2/...
by Leeuwenhoek2
Mon May 07, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Global Warming: Recent Data
Replies: 1538
Views: 188251

Re: Talk by head of Austrialia's gas and electricity system operator

Just quickly, for those who don't know Australian energy bodies or politics: The Centre for Independent Studies, host of the talk, is a right-wing think-tank - see https://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Centre_for_Independent_Studies . It is not at all unlikely that that the talk was shaped to that ...