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A most excellent letter from someone who knows the truth about this issue. Speaking of Dr. Don Easterbrook, he edited a favorite and very informative book on this subject entitled, "Evidence-Based Climate Science (Data opposing CO2 emissions as the primary source of global warming." (2011). I'll include the key features here:
- Authored by the world's leading climate scientists, each with more than 25 years of experience in the field.
- Offers an unbiased analysis of scientific data -- readers can see for themselves the evidence for the amount and timing of global temperature changes.
-includes extensive analysis of the physics of CO2 as a greenhouse gas and its role in global warming
- Provides comprehensive citations, references, and bibliography
Anyone who reads this book would be foolish to continue assuming the science is settle and the "debate is over" ... it isn't by a long shot.
Fair enough, Paco ... I will spend some time with those volumes and report back. Much of my own research to date has indicated a contrary view about the impact of 'renewable' energy' both now and in the future (solar and wind). Sometimes Popular Mechanics can be a fairly reliable source of information but (in the speculation department at least) sometimes not.
I believe the AGW hypothesis is false, PearlY, but would be satisfied if it was (at least) considered either 'unproven' or 'undetermined' -- certainly not 'settled' as Gore and others are wont to do. Could anthropogenic CO2 have some slight impact on temperature? Perhaps ... but if so, not significant enoughto drive serious warming or climate change. Solid 'falsification' may indeed be difficult but there is much evidence that the steady rise of CO2 since the Industrial Age has coincided with a steady rise in temperature -- which hasn't been the case .... temperature has risen and fallen.
BRAVO! I driven down Rose almost daily for many years and was amazed that consideration was being given to reducing the four lanes to 2.5 (with the .5 being a silly barely-used turn lane). And bikes can use the nearly-deserted sidewalks. Nice to see some common sense being employed here.
Yes, conservation and stopping real pollution (not CO2, which isn't pollution) are admirable and very worthwhile efforts. We've come a long way in turning around problems with dirty air, water and environment. My beef is with the trillions of wasted dollars being spent and planned to fight CO2 output ... which is also set to cripple our industrial output and make costs of electricity "necessarily skyrocket" as Obama stated when talking about shutting down the coal industry. That will NOT be beneficial to humanity and will instead set back development of Third World nations.
Good points, PearlY -- windmills are not only a blight on our landscape and massive killers of eagles and other birds (well documented) but an unsustainable scam that cannot exist without our tax money subsidizing them. They will one day require more money to dispose of these wind farms. Regarding this letter, the author completely misunderstands one of my points -- I was NOT calling Steven Luckstead gullible ... I was referring to those masses of people who believe the misinformation (and disinformation) of those pushing this AGW hysteria. In fact, I like and enjoy Luckstead's articles very much and have for years. Except this last one on the false anthropogenic global warming hypothesis.
PearlY, I give you a salute and standing O regarding that long note in defense of the NRA -- bravo! Would like to make one comment, however, on the Boston (Watertown) police incident. I've always been a staunch supporter of law enforcement and do understand this was an unusual case with the two "American Jihadist" terrorists. But I must question VERY strongly that they apparently went on a house-to-house warrantless search, forcing all law-abiding residents out of their homes, searched them thoroughly outside then entered their homes and searched each residence. That could not be more unconstitutional and -- in my opinion -- intrusive way beyond the pale. I think there should be a dialogue about that. There is a video available that shows a residence's occupants being forced out at gunpoint, frisked a number of times and run down the street, gauntlet-style while the home was searched. Amazing that behavior is allowed in our supposedly-free country, much less applauded.
Glad you agree on that point, Barracuda. I'm no quick draw gun handler (by a long shot, pun intended) -- but with a little practice I (or anyone) can certainly hit the magazine release button (of an AR15) and replace the dropped one with a full one in not much over two seconds (and release the bolt, chambering a new round). Any magazine ban is just a useless "feel good" measure.
Happy to see you trolling here, Sharkey. Interestingly, I've oft been quick to accuse certain scientists such as those IPCC members whose papers are cherry-picked by the leaders as those with whom they disagree are rejected (that's documented fairly well), James Hansen and others who've been accused of "cooking the books" to fill there agendas but there is another aspect -- and that is a human nature factor in which some individuals in that community who have stated AGW is a fact for years just cannot bring themselves to admit that they have been wrong .... so they continue to grasp at any straw available to try to convince others (and themselves) they were right. They will continue doing that until we must move our towns out of the paths of approaching glaciers during the next cold cycle. There's a lot of discussion afoot of the current solar minimum.
Of the hundreds - perhaps thousands - of qualified international scientists who are sources of the 70 books I mentioned -- one would be hard pressed, I think, to accuse them all - or even a large segment of them -- as being "in the pocket of fossil fuel companies. I may try to research as many of them as possible but that will be an enormous task. I am (believe it or not) a seeker of truth and have no agenda of my own nor do I have any stocks, grants nor income other than my retirement annuity (so obviously I am not in anyone's pocket myself either). But you're absolutely right, LopLover, regarding deforestation effects -- in fact that's the reason for example that the Kilamanjaro ice has diminished (rather than by "global warming" temperature increases as some have falsely claimed). All glaciers do that if not replenished by snow.
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