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On The Post-Partisan Fallacy: Is the Republican Party Incapable of Addressing Climate Change?

1) Some Climate warnings are imagined for sure:  http://dailycaller.com/2015/04/27/prof-claims-global-warming-caused-nepals-earthquakes/ and I don't actually believe the pope is relevant one way or another. (Just my take).

2) I should have put real or imagined in quotes since I personally accept the reality of AGW,

June 30, 2015    View Comment    

On The Post-Partisan Fallacy: Is the Republican Party Incapable of Addressing Climate Change?

We polute, they pay.  Well, not being Catholic myself, I guess I don't really care how catholics view their doctrinal future, however two things come to mind. Setting aside the popularity in the 3rd world of the sentiment that developed nations should  "pay up". 

1) Poorer people tend to be more conservative in their beliefs, and a Pope straying two far left might find himself ignored doctrinally. His popularity only goes so far in terms of beliefs and practices. They probably have far more pressing matters on their dially minds than GW.

2) If the developed nations do end up finding themeslves too burdened financially, their aid contributions to 3rd world countries will suffer. There is a risk then that without western aid, these self-same countries will continue denuding their own forests, burn coal and use oil for energy. They simply wont be able to afford Windmills and solar cells in a way that would significantly develop their economies.

The world has become very intricatly mutually entangled, such that pain in the developed world does/will not neccessarily benefit the 3rd world. Having said this, make no mistake that I am in favor of developed nations doing more to discover and make cheaper, none CO2 emmiting power sources.

I still find it amusing that "non republicans" with a long record of disdain for catholic beliefs now rush to praise a Pope who sings their tune. Wonder how they will recieve the next pope if he is not as left leaning as this one.

 

June 25, 2015    View Comment    

On The Post-Partisan Fallacy: Is the Republican Party Incapable of Addressing Climate Change?

He sure is, but how succesful will he be if he takes a sharp left turn away from the faithful?

 

June 23, 2015    View Comment    

On The Post-Partisan Fallacy: Is the Republican Party Incapable of Addressing Climate Change?

It is amusing how Non Republicans who have always derided Previous Popes and Catholic doctrine in their opposition to abortion, should now suddenlyapprove of the current pontif. Talk about have your cake and eat it.


If I were to advice republicans, I would have them change their focus from "Climate Change" to abundant sustainable Carbon free energy. Republicans should side-step the question of GW entirely, and focus on carbon free Energy Indepence. They should come out boldly in favor of and commit themselves to developing Gen. Four Nuclear Power. If they were to do this it would difuse the Left's attack agenda while solving Climate problems real or imagined. If the Left were to show their true colors by opposing Gen Four Nukes, it would reveal them for their hypocrisy.

June 22, 2015    View Comment    

On Dismal Economics and Increased CO2 of Montpelier District Heating Plant

Bob, Is this not what nature does? Is this not what the Amazon and other rain forests do? Perhaps we should allow the wild places in Minnesota to naturally grow what timber and undergrowth they will, while we focus on non CO2 producing sources.

May 16, 2015    View Comment    

On Dismal Economics and Increased CO2 of Montpelier District Heating Plant

Willem, I might be misconstruing your comment, but to my thinking What you say is only true when the only option to coal is is Biomas and If use of Biomas is not being made as a substitute for Carbon Free Dispatchible sources.

BTW, has anyone evaluated the long term benefits of Natural Gas vs Biomas if the Biomas were ploughed in the ground and replaced with a new crop to continue removing CO2 from the atmosphere?

I realise there are no easy answers.

May 15, 2015    View Comment    

On Dismal Economics and Increased CO2 of Montpelier District Heating Plant

Puting aside "nuclear trolls" or Solar Trolls, or Wind Trolls, or whatever-is-your-favorite energy source trolls  for the moment.

It really beggars the imagination to see how anyone who claims to care about atmospheric CO2 can defend re-releasing already trapped and sequestered CO2 into the atmosphere for any reason whatsoever.

I guess if you happen to love something you'll somehow always find a way to justify it.

To my mind, we should be finding ways to actively remove CO2 from the atmosphere, and leave it trapped,  by burying it in the ground. 

May 13, 2015    View Comment    

On Energy 24/7: No Fuel Costs - The Sexy Seduction of Renewables [PODCAST]

Obviously fou missed the phrase "Fast Neutron" in Steve's post.

May 9, 2015    View Comment    

On Uber vs. Google: Electric Vehicles Are About To Get Really Interesting

I would be okay with self-driving cars if they had steering  wheels, brakes and accellerator pedals, and if they didn't overide me when I overide them.

I would hate for a car to drag me at 20 mph when my wife is in the back seat hoping to get to the ER for emergency surgery on a burst appendix.

As I recall Google's vision of self-driving cars don't include stearing wheels.

May 2, 2015    View Comment    

On Uber vs. Google: Electric Vehicles Are About To Get Really Interesting

I live about 5 miles (max) from the Hospital. My son once stabbed his his wrist accidentally. Lots of blood, screaming, fear and anxiety. Fortunately I have a car.

If I had waited for an ambulance, not knowing if any nerves were damaged, I would not have forgiven myself. Further, the cost of the car ride to the Hospital was maybe 5 cents, an Ambulance would have cost several Hundreds. If I had some hundreds to spare, I'd rather use it for the $150 ER Co-Pay.

Having your own ride is handy for many other reasons. I could do grocceries whenever the need arises. I could take my wife out for dinner on the spurr of the moment, we could decide, last minute to watch a movie and  still get there on time. I also have more confidence in my own driving skills when there is an emergency. I certainly don't want to be driven at 25mph in the midst of an emergency.

In North Dakota where I live, the Red River used to flood, and some years past, folks had to evacuate. I wonder if Lyft/Uber ride has room for some 300 or so rsidents.

I would need to wait and see how the Google ride driverless vehicles work first before I decide if I like it or not, although there are situations where it could be a God Send.  But I doubt I'd ever trust my family transportation needs to an outside vendor.

May 1, 2015    View Comment    

On Uber vs. Google: Electric Vehicles Are About To Get Really Interesting

Does this include 3:00am trips to the ER?

May 1, 2015    View Comment