The Production Tax Credit (PTC) is an enormous subsidy for inefficient renewable energy. It is really about government interfering in the energy markets. Windmills cannot compete in the marketplace on their own, they must have government funding and be forced to be given preference.
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This is one of those rare moments in history where action must be taken by all concerned citizens. From now until June 25th is all the time that we have left to stop the EPA from pushing an energy policy that will cut almost 70 GW of electric generating capacity in the US. That is ~10% of the coal capacity in the United States. Coal is one of the cheapest methods available to generate electricity and the loss of 10% of the capacity will increase the cost of electricity for everyone. The impacts of this will ripple throughout the economy.
Posted May 29th, 2012. 3 comments
I will gladly discuss the science of global warming with anyone. Interestingly enough there is a strong desire to avoid discussing the science from many warmists because they simply state that the issue is settled and it is time to act. With that mindset in place I am starting to see some disturbing attitudes developing. I recently came across an interview of Naomi Klain. She is an author and is a consistent social activist and strongly anti-corporate. Her work is consistently against the free market. Even with that in mind, her latest interview is rather disturbing.
Posted April 24th, 2012. 6 comments
One of the many dangers of global warming being thrown around is the increased incidence of malaria in Africa. The theory being that warmer climate would allow mosquitoes to transmit malaria to higher altitudes as the climate warmed up. Year after year it has been thrown out that malaria will rise as a result of global warming. Considering the typical accuracy of the IPCC it should be no surprise that they are once again completely wrong.
A new paper from Malaria Journal is claiming that there has been an unexplained and dramatic DECREASE in the mosquitoes that cause malaria. The drop over the past 20 years cannot be explained by activities to reduce mosquitoes and the drop is ~100%. They actually put the percent drop at 99.7% and 99.8%, but you will excuse me if I round that up a tiny amount. This qualifies as a significant drop in the mosquitoes that transmit malaria.
Posted August 29th, 2011. 11 comments
I previously written (Fraud, Bias, Funding) about problems in the scientific research community. I have taken some criticism because I work in the “private” sector instead of the “public” sector. Anyone who really understands research would not make such a foolish critique. It is the private sector that has driven technology to where it is today. The idea of trying to falsify product that you sell to customers is laughable. The price is no repeat business and that is the end of the business, in most cases at least. Certainly one that is highly competitive.
Now the Scientific American has essentially come out and said the same thing as I have previously written. The Epidemic of False Claims is their new article on the topic. I will post the entire article below, but wanted to show some highlights and discuss.
Posted June 2nd, 2011. 1 comment
I have had numerous people send me articles about Google and their search results about Global Warming. Other blogs have picked up on this and the overall discussion from the skeptic side is that Google has failed in their maxim of “Do No Evil.” I happen to disagree with this.
First off Google is public business and as such is almost required to stick to the idea that global warming is real. Find me a public company that takes the official stance that global warming isn’t real. I have not been able to find one. So I don’t really care that Google takes the stance about global warming that it does. Public companies must show environmental responsibility these days. As an engineer I fully understand the legal and public relations responsibility in that regard.
Posted May 24th, 2011. 7 comments
The Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) and the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO) have been found to contribute significantly to the nesting behavior of loggerhead turtles. I guess nature still has a role to play in the world today.
Loggerheads lay their eggs on subtropical beaches around the world. After hatching, baby sea turtles head out to sea where they spend years maturing. When females reach breeding age—25 to 35 years old for loggerheads—they clamber ashore to lay eggs on the beach. Nest counts are the main source of demographic data for sea turtles, but it’s hard to estimate population size from these counts. Between the mid-1990s and 2006, loggerhead nests in Florida—one of the species’ nesting epicenters—declined from roughly 55,000 per year to around 30,000. That drop and declines elsewhere prompted U.S. federal agencies to propose upgrading most loggerheads from threatened to endangered under the Endangered Species Act.
Posted May 1st, 2011. Add a comment
This is a special article just for the Middle School and High School students out there. I have been informed that the myth that Hurricane Katrina was caused by global warming is still being taught in those schools and that such hurricanes will get worse in the future. This is a great myth, but it is only a myth. It certainly gets told a lot, but just because something is used as political capital does not make it true. This might be one of the biggest lies that just won’t go to sleep. So I am putting together this article to help students debunk the myth that global warming causes hurricanes. I will even proceed on the assumption that increasing CO2 levels will actually cause warming, just to keep it simple.
The myth that global warming causes hurricanes started with Hurricane Katrina. Al Gore really put that on the map with his emotional, but not scientific portrayal in the movie An Inconvenient Truth. The basis for the claim was timing. An article by Webster et al. in Science Magazine came out weeks before Hurricane Katrina hit. That article was based on the idea that warming oceans would cause an increase in hurricanes in the future as a result of global warming.
Posted February 23rd, 2011. 1 comment
Skeptical Science has been running a series of articles pointing out that anyone who is skeptical about global warming is comparable to those arguing that smoking isn’t bad for you. Truly it is a textbook example of strawman arguments where they make a poorly related claim and then use that to degrade the opposition. It is a truly despicable practice, but one that is very common in many of the debates that have become politicized in today’s world. The current debate about the roles of public unions and the benefits of the civil servants is another example of a topic that intelligent discussion is unlikely to happen today.
Some examples from their latest smoking strawman to climate science are as follows:
2. Anyway smoke is a naturally occurring substance in the environment. It has been around for thousands of years. Actually fire and smoke is necessary for some plants and seeds to grow in parts of Australia. It is vital so what can be wrong with smoke?
This is similar to the argument that climate has been changing for thousands of years so what is new? CO2 is also natural so it cannot be harmful and in fact is essential to life. Increasing levels of CO2 is good for us. It actually improves crop yield so how can CO2 be a problem?
Posted February 20th, 2011. 8 comments
With the strong El Nino a year ago the obvious big news story to get people worried about global warming was the story that 2010 would be a warm year thus proving that global warming was real. Since El Nino has faded and been replaced by a strong La Nina there is no chance that warmists will be focusing on the global temperature. Since the global temperature will be bad news for the warmists this year they will have to pick a new topic to show had badly global warming is damaging the Earth.
That is the real advantage that the warmists have created by saying that everything bad is caused by global warming. They can pick and choose a topic every year (or day) and use that to show how much the world is changing as a result of global warming. Since weather is always causing some variation it is safe to say that they will always be able to find something to latch onto.