Idle hands create mischief and idle minds of partially “educated” senior citizens with computer access maybe more.
Am I the only one suspicious of the motives of those pushing the “climate change” hysteria? The message I receive, to save us from ourselves, is world collectivist government. We, the masses, are simply too ignorant to know what is in our best interest. It follows that those who understand our best interest need to be properly compensated for their wisdom and the burden of governing the masses. Is it probable that I am wrong in my thinking?
Following along the meme of idle senior minds, consider this dated gem from 1978.
A long slog to go through all of it, to be sure and not all the points of the author are clear, at least to me.
The constant theme of the climate change alarmists is increased carbon dioxide “trapped” in the atmosphere. We read of studies of ice cores from Antarctica and Greenland being linked to our situation today. Maybe the data is accurate. Maybe it is being interpreted correctly. And, maybe it isn’t. There has been so much bullshit from the “scientific” communities that any truth is obscured. Consider a foremost proponent, Albert Gore, whose personal carbon footprint is that of a small city.
We hear all the time about, “clean renewable energy”. Colorado supposedly gets 360 days of sunshine a year. It also gets 365 nights a year. There doesn’t seem to be any economical way to store solar energy. Does that mean we shut down at night and during blizzards? Wind power? We are the Saudi Arabia of wind (except when it doesn’t blow). Oh yes, there is the “not in my backyard” syndrome.
Hydro? Requires dams, doesn’t it? No environmental impact there, right? Perhaps tidal power? Perhaps for some coastal areas. Remember, the loss of energy in the transmission process needs to be considered. Plus, the structures will be built in someone’s back yard. Correct me if I am wrong but, in California, isn’t there always an uproar, by the rich, about the public using “their” beachfront?
There is emerging technology to capture carbon from the atmosphere and store it in rock formations.
Takes a lot of water and lacks any economic incentive. Opps. Back to collectivist government. We’ll demand it done, cost be damned.
To me, the least disruptive way to power is nuclear. Instant hysteria. Yet France gets 80% of their electricity from nuclear and I don’t see them glowing from radiation. Uranium isn’t all that plentiful and Shillary sold 20% of what we have to the Russians. Still, it is a proven technology.
Under the headings of figures don’t lie, liars figure in tandem with, “Don’t let a good crisis go to waste”, our local near monopoly, Xcel Energy, needs to raise rates to ???????? well, climate change, blah blah, blah.
They operate in other states.
Coal continues to be our best option, IMO. YMMV