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Archive for February 23rd, 2009

Carbon Capture and Storage can Kill

Posted by pwl on February 23, 2009

“Carbon capture and storage, however, is not as green as it seems — underground burial of carbon dioxide presents immense new risks to society. If the carbon dioxide is stored in deep ocean masses, as sometimes proposed, environmentalists fear that ocean acidification could devastate marine eco-systems. If the carbon dioxide is stored in geologic formations near fossil fuel plants, as is more commonly proposed, the harmful effects would directly affect human life: Research at Columbia University by one of the world’s leading geohazard scientists ranks carbon storage as one of the five top coming causes of man-induced earthquakes, a prediction all the more scary because the earthquakes would tend to occur near the fossil fuel plants, and population centres. In another potential danger, some fret about the consequences of an accidental release of carbon dioxide from underground storage facilities. In Cameroon in 1986, 1,800 people died after an unexplained release of carbon dioxide from beneath Lake Nyos, which has deep stores of carbon dioxide beneath its bottom.

“Ironically, carbon capture technology would not only worsen air quality and more rapidly scar the tar sands landscape, it may also harm the global environment if it is successful in its goal of reducing carbon dioxide emissions. Carbon dioxide stimulates plant growth and leads to a greening of the planet. In fact, satellite measurements now show the planet to be the greenest in decades. Little wonder that, in surveys of scientists, the great majority view carbon dioxide as a beneficial gas that’s indispensable to plant growth, and insignificant to any deleterious global warming.”- Lawrence Solomon, National Post

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Scary Plans to Terraform Earth Underway

Posted by pwl on February 23, 2009

Think of all the scary scenarios of terraforming Earth, the one place we can exist in the known universe! It’s simply a bad idea terraforming the only place you can exist without knowing the consequences of our actions!

By “simply a bad idea” I mean probable suicide.

Scientists Rank Global Cooling Hacks

Hacks to Terraform Earth without knowing the consequences! Yikes.

Oh gee, they are actually planning to terraform the Earth without knowing WTF they are doing… this could start actual wars – seriously.

This is why it’s important that the politicians get out of the way and that everyone let the debate rage on till the science is rock solid (if that’s even possible) and proven.

Those who resist, fear, avoid or ignore questions of their science are no longer scientists, they are activists, politicians or religious demagogues who want their science to be accepted with belief and faith just because they say it’s so. This is a sign to question their science even more intensely!” – pwl

Updated version of the quote:

Those who resist, fear, avoid or ignore questions of their science are no longer scientists, they are activists, politicians or religious demagogues who want their science to be accepted with belief and faith just because they say it’s so. This is a sign to question their science even more intensely! People committed to science and science education embrace questions as questions from others are a tool for sharpening and improving their science and a way of teaching it to the ignorant masses which at first even includes other experts in their field! Question Authority!” – pwl

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Living in the Shadow of [Climate] Soothsayers

Posted by pwl on February 23, 2009

“A soothsayer is a person who claims to speak sooth: specifically one who predicts the future based upon personal, political, spiritual, mental or religious beliefs rather than scientific facts.” – Wikepedia

We are of course “Living in the Shadows of Soothsayers”. Waiting till the future arrives is sometimes the only way to predict the future, especially with Natural Systems! Stephen Wolfram proved that in his book, “A New Kind of Science”, Chapter 2.

One of my favorite mythological characters, Asterix, has a entire book devoted to the wonderful topic of soothsayers: “Asterix and the Soothsayer“. The story is quite involved but here is a bit of it that relates to our current crisis in climate science.

If only politically we could learn, but then most political leaders accept the notion of, and take advice from people who have, invisible friends, so it really should come as no surprise that they are unequipped critically and rationally evaluate the organized “consensus”.

Heck, as someone who has been emerged in science for his whole life I’m finding it a challenge to understand let alone properly evaluate the extreme claims of “global warming alarmists”. The Carl Sagan Principle applies: “extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof by those making the claims”.

Asterix and the Soothsayer
One stormy day, the Gauls — with the exception of Getafix, who is at his annual druid meeting — are huddled in the chief’s hut, fearing for their lives. But then, a man enters the hut in a burst of lightning – it is a soothsayer, who promptly proceeds to see the future for our superstitious Gauls. He predicts that “when the storm is over, the weather will improve.” But not all are impressed; Asterix alone dares question the qualities of this soothsayer, who is in fact a fraud.Read the rest of this entry »

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Don’t Panic – Flaws In Catastrophic Global Warming Forecasts

Posted by pwl on February 23, 2009

The Plugging in of “man made up data” to support desired soothsaying forecasts seems to have lead to much panic. This article makes the case for the response of “don’t panic”.

A very interesting article.

The question is, how does a rational critical thinking person know what to think about all of the climate claims and counter claims? The scientific method suggests a way forward with experiments and proofs. So how do we test the claims and counter claims? Anyone?

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