Archive for the ‘Global Warming’ Category

Nobel Prize-Winning Physicist Resigns Over Global Warming

September 18, 2011

Dr. Ivar Giaever, a former professor with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the 1973 winner of the Nobel Prize in physics, abruptly announced his resignation Tuesday, Sept. 13, from the premier physics society in disgust over its officially stated policy that “global warming is occurring.”

“In the APS it is ok to discuss whether the mass of the proton changes over time and how a multi-universe behaves, but the evidence of global warming is incontrovertible?” he wrote in an email to Kate Kirby, executive officer of the physics society.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/09/14/nobel-prize-winning-physicist-resigns-from-top-physics-group-over-global/#ixzz1Y50fGGTL

Google draws more power than a decent sized city.

September 12, 2011

Fun things to do today:  Spend hours googling environmental causes.

The company said that its data centers continuously drew almost 260 million watts — about a quarter of the output of a nuclear power plant — to run Google searches, YouTube views, Gmail messaging and display ads on all those services around the world.

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Culture Conflict, Rationality Conflict, and Climate Change

July 6, 2011

 

Abstract:
The conventional explanation for controversy over climate change emphasizes impediments to public understanding: Limited popular knowledge of science, the inability of ordinary citizens to assess technical information, and the resulting widespread use of unreliable cognitive heuristics to assess risk. A large survey of U.S. adults (N = 1540) found little support for this account. On the whole, the most scientifically literate and numerate subjects were slightly less likely, not more, to see climate change as a serious threat than the least scientifically literate and numerate ones. More importantly, greater scientific literacy and numeracy were associated with greater cultural polarization: Respondents predisposed by their values to dismiss climate change evidence became more dismissive, and those predisposed by their values to credit such evidence more concerned, as science literacy and numeracy increased. We suggest that this evidence reflects a conflict between two levels of rationality: The individual level, which is characterized by citizens’ effective use of their knowledge and reasoning capacities to form risk perceptions that express their cultural commitments; and the collective level, which is characterized by citizens’ failure to converge on the best available scientific evidence on how to promote their common welfare. Dispelling this, “tragedy of the risk-perception commons,” we argue, should be understood as the central aim of the science of science communication.

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1871503

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How to solve global warming.

July 5, 2011

The look on her face at the end is priceless!  However, her proposed solution is almost less ridiculous and almost less ignorant of the laws of physics than the “settled science” itself is.

Second Law of Thermodynamics: It is impossible to extract an amount of heat Qfrom a hot reservoir and use it all to do work W . Some amount of heat QC must be exhausted to a cold reservoir. This precludes a perfect heat engine.

This is sometimes called the “first form” of the second law, and is referred to as the Kelvin-Planck statement of the second law.

http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/thermo/firlaw.html#c1

http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/thermo/seclaw.html

They never do cite the lies they speak of

June 25, 2011

With notable exceptions such as Fox news, US conservative talk radio, the generally right-leaning blogosphere and one or two papers such as Canada’s National Post, the Wall Street Journal and the Daily Express (and increasingly, the Mail) there are few media outlets in the world which broadcast anything other than green propaganda. Far from being evil, the likes of Beck and Limbaugh are islands of truth in a (presumably doomed, increasingly acidified) ocean of lies. (I’d be interested if Matthews could produce some concrete examples of these “lies” that Limbaugh and Beck have told on climate change).

This is the thing.  They never will point out the lies.  It is against the liberal way to engage the facts point by point.  Easier to attack the character and trust your message will be parroted by the rest of the liberal media folks.  Thank God for Fox and Sun TV.

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/jamesdelingpole/100093577/the-science-is-settled-us-liberals-really-are-the-dumbest-creatures-on-the-planet/

Organic farm kills more people than any nuclear accident except Chernobyl

June 10, 2011

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/jun/8/dead-bodies-demand-organic-food-moratorium/

Indeed, in the past two years, two public safety stories have dominated global news headlines – an explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and a nuclear power plant meltdown in Japan. Yet in the recent German organic-food-disease outbreak, nearly twice as many people already have died as in the two other industrial disasters combined.

How much does renewable energy cost?

May 18, 2011

Nevermind that:

Ethanol and Biodiesel comes with food shortages.  Food riots are fun.  You can make some biodiesels from fryer grease and other waste, but there’s only so much of that available.

Wind energy consumes habitats, shreds birds, and causes a variety of other health problems.  And it only works when the wind blows just right.

Solar energy requires exotic ores that come from strip mining third world countries, which used to be bad until it was green.

Greenpeace loses charity status in New Zealand

May 10, 2011

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/74799/greenpeace-loses-legal-fight-over-charity-status

“…the Charities Commission decided it had an overtly political role”