Friday, October 13, 2017

Climate Change, Climate Deniers, and Climate Collectivists

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


Old NFO said...

Nukes are actually the most cost efficient and least harmful to the environment... Re wind, they have to shut down the turbines at something like 25kts, to prevent damage! Sigh

Well Seasoned Fool said...

With Harry Reid off in the sunset, maybe we can finally get Yucca Mountain running and have a safe place to store the waste.

drjim said...

The newest, safest thing in Nuclear Power are "thorium pebble bed reactors".

Well, it was a few years ago when I was following this stuff....

LL said...

Nuclear energy is clean, reliable and safe. Coal gasification works and it's clean, reliable and safe. Solar is expensive and is a 30 year pay back to break even and when you sell your home, you go into solar hell during escrow. I just experienced it.

Fredd said...

I attempted to read that 'What Socialists Would Do..' piece, and I had to bail after only a paragraph or two. The whole premise of that crap was that 'capitalism is dying...'

And yet I look around, and see just the opposite. Should I believe my lying eyes?

Those imbeciles say, no, don't believe your eyes, just listen to us.


Well Seasoned Fool said...

Valid criticism. I read a lot of different things. Ask yourself this. Is capitalism and enterprise the same, or are they cousins, so to speak?

Coffeypot said...

Climate change to me is hot in the summer and cold in the winter with rain and snow mixed in. As for nuke waste, store them and once a year send all the collected on a one way trip into deep space (I believe there is room there).