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Rational Thinking About Irrational Numbers

 

 

 

 

” I am drawing this reference from this article from someone who I look up to and admire – Dr. Roy Spencer.

  In the last 100 years, the amount of CO2 in the air has increased from three molecules per 10,000 molecules of air, to four molecules out of 10,000 molecules of air.

  Which means we are being asked to believe the increase of one molecule of CO2 out of 10,000 molecules of air in the last 100 years is causing catastrophic climate change that threatens mankind.

  This is all fascinating to me, given Secretary of State John Kerry’s comments on the immense threat of a catastrophe based on out of control climate, when we have groups like ISIS and Hamas running around.

  But let’s really put this whole CO2 scare (scam) in perspective, okay?

  Here is the infamous hockey stick graphic (see above), the last 50 years of warming based on the most reliable temperature measurements versus tree rings that decided to show cooling instead of warming. This, of course, has stirred up the angst of Dr. Michael Mann when people suggested there was something very wrong with switching the way one measured temperatures after 950 years when that way no longer agreed.

  Now here is the real hockey stick, the increase in GDP per capita since the coming fossil fuel age really took off over the last 100 years. “

 

 

” That is a real correlation. No switching measurement horses midstream. During the time of the increase of one molecule of CO2 per 10,000, earth’s per capita income went up. And think about how many more people there are now against 1900.

  But let’s look more closely at this in the U.S., since we naturally want to lead the world to a brighter tomorrow. “

 

 

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How Unheralded Wood Stoves Could Save The World

 

 

 

” Imagine two homeowners: One is a wealthy investor building a vacation house near Lake Tahoe in California. The other owns a middle-class home outside Burlington, Vt. Both are interested in keeping their energy costs under control—and helping the environment while they’re at it. The owner of the Tahoe ski palace installs an expensive solar-energy system to power his lights and appliances, covering his roof with photovoltaic panels. (He uses natural gas for heat.) The Vermonter invests in a clean-burning wood-pellet stove, cutting his consumption of heating oil by about 80 percent. 

  Our Tahoe homeowner enjoys the virtuous glow of being seen as an alternative-energy pioneer. He also enjoys something else: Under the Energy Policy Act of 2005, he is entitled to a tax credit equal to 30 percent of the cost of his system, including installation. Let’s say Mr. Tahoe installed a 6-kilowatt PV system at a cost of about $23,000. His federal tax credit works out to nearly $7000, and the state of California kicks in additional incentives. 

  Our Vermont homeowner isn’t so lucky. The IRS offers only a 10 percent credit on biomass heating systems like his stove. The credit doesn’t include installation costs, and the total is capped at $300. That’s a grudging level of support—yet the pellet stove may be doing more than the solar array to help the environment

  The systems are tough to compare: It’s electricity versus heat, and removing reliance on a distant power plant rather than an oil burner in the basement. But to get a rough idea, we can calculate the energy savings from both systems using British thermal units, or Btu. The Vermont homeowner’s system saves about 575 gallons of oil yearly, which is the equivalent of 79 million Btu. The Tahoe system might produce close to 9000 kilowatt-hours of electricity a year—about 30 million Btu.”

 

Read the rest and see how , once again , the Obama Science is anything but “settled” .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deserts ‘Greening’ From Rising Carbon Dioxide: Green Foliage Boosted Across The World’s Arid Regions

 

 

 

 

 ” Increased levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) have helped boost green foliage across the world’s arid regions over the past 30 years through a process called CO2 fertilisation, according to CSIRO research.

In findings based on satellite observations, CSIRO, in collaboration with the Australian National University (ANU), found that this CO2 fertilisation correlated with an 11 per cent increase in foliage cover from 1982-2010 across parts of the arid areas studied in Australia, North America, the Middle East and Africa, according to CSIRO research scientist, Dr Randall Donohue.

“In Australia, our native vegetation is superbly adapted to surviving in arid environments and it consequently uses water very efficiently,” Dr Donohue said. “Australian vegetation seems quite sensitive to CO2 fertilisation.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obama To Announce New Climate Change Rules Today

 

 

” President Barack Obama today will announce a long-awaited federal strategy that not only is expected to sharply cut the country’s greenhouse gas emissions but also will address the sweeping effects of climate change already occurring in many communities.

Obama today in a speech at Georgetown University will announce a national plan to reduce carbon pollution, including a plan that has at its centerpiece the use of the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions at older power plants. Those existing power plants are estimated to be of 40 percent of the emissions that lead to global warming.

The administration, through the EPA, already has drafted rules that curtail emissions at new power plants. What it hasn’t done yet is issue rules that apply to existing power plants.

Those rules are likely to be the most controversial piece of the proposal in the president’s speech, since many of the dirtiest, carbon-intensive power plants are fueled by coal. Regional energy interests, among others, are likely to object.

And they could be expensive. That Natural Resources Defense Council estimates at least $4 billion for utilities to comply with new regulations. The group estimates as much as $25 to 60 billion in benefits, however, including the health benefits of switching to energy sources that produce less soot.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gun Test: AirForce Condor

 

 

 

AirForce Airguns President John McCaslin is a lifelong airgun aficionado and tinkerer who set out to build an air rifle that exceeded the performance capabilities of what was available in the U.S. market. Custom-made high-pressure airguns were available in Europe, but only in limited numbers and at high prices. Three years of development and refinement later, AirForce Airguns began production of its products in 1997. We recently tested the Condor, which is the most powerful gun in the company’s lineup. Capable of propelling a .25-cal. lead pellet at more than 1,100 fps, the Condor is no toy. ”