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If one bad idea doesn’t work, try them all at the same time.

Geo-Engineering seems to be experiencing a resurgence. The IPCC once again seems to be behind the idea that intentionally interfering with the climate is the way to solve the theorized problem that increased CO2 levels cause. Since all of the ideas will be very expensive and be paid for by tax-payer money and be run by the scientists that propose them, they might seem like good ideas to the scientists that are proposing the idea.

The key quote from the latest article about the IPCC push for Geo-engineering really explains the whole situation.

Posted June 16th, 2011.

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Evidence that Advanced Education Reduces Understanding

The Economist has put together a large special edition about the problems facing California. It is a very sobering article about the problems that have been developing for the past 30 years. The overall message of the article is that the initiative process has been disastrous for California because people will vote for a “good” thing, but not understand the consequences. As a result many seemingly “good ideas” are bad for the state as a whole. It does not blame parties, it blames the voters for the problems.

The one section I am going to focus on used some in depth polling of the electorate of the state. The results are simply stunning to say the very least. The opening paragraph is so good and so relevant to the discussion that I have to quote it.

“A POPULAR GOVERNMENT without popular information or the means of acquiring it is but a prologue to Farce or Tragedy or perhaps both,” James Madison wrote. “A people who mean to be their own Governors must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives.” The question in any democracy, but especially a direct democracy in which citizens legislate at the ballot box, is how much voters do in fact know.

Posted May 3rd, 2011.

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Psychologist Proves System of “Believes” Trumps Actual Science.

This is a rare departure for this website. This is a genuine New York Times article that I consider interesting and useful. It is not directly related to climate in any way, but I believe it is very relevant to the issue of Climate Scientists. I wrote previously about the problem of scientific bias that shows up in climate science. The problem is real, but proving the issue is a challenge because many simply won’t acknowledge the reality.

One common argument presented to me is that the majority of climate scientists believe global warming is real. If I say that doesn’t matter, the instant retort is that I must believe that it is a conspiracy and therefore I must be a conspiracy nut. That approach is boring as it achieves nothing. This article in the NYT shows that no conspiracy is needed to prevent dissenting views from being spoken or published. I remain a little shocked that the NYT published an article that so clearly shows the fundamental problem with the academic circles.

Posted February 9th, 2011.

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Geo-Engineering: More about bad ideas to “save” the Earth

There has been a recent increase in articles about using massive scale engineering projects to stop the threat of global warming.  The linked article there talks about how it is time to get serious and start pushing these ideas through.  Of course we still have to stop CO2 emissions, all while not using nuclear power.  […]

Posted October 19th, 2010.

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Unintended Consequences! (funny, but true)

Sometimes the most bizarre things happen as a result of good intentions. Starting in 2002 many cars switched over to a soy based wire coating. This was intended as a green approach for the future. Turns out that while it worked as expected. Animals are starting to find that the new plastic is also tasty […]

Posted October 17th, 2010.

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