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by tomclarke
Thu Dec 11, 2008 1:01 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Manipulation
Replies: 99
Views: 40500

ravingdave gblaze42 and others. You are right to this extent. I am as guilty of simplifying the issues as are the anti-AGW (anthropic GW) advocates. This is not simple science - CO2 causes GW, measure increase in CO2 => know increase in temperature. There are very many feedbacks which affect what ha...
by tomclarke
Thu Dec 11, 2008 12:37 pm
Forum: General
Topic: How much for a degree?
Replies: 55
Views: 11570

Simon, You reference: Using our cheapest known alternative electricity, we will have to deploy wind generators at a cost of $2.5 million per megawatt at full output. With a yield of 35% (the percentage of time there is viable wind), this equates to a cost for wind generated electricity of $7.1 milli...
by tomclarke
Mon Dec 08, 2008 10:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Manipulation
Replies: 99
Views: 40500

ravingdave - The wonderful thing about these arguments is that they are complex. Look at one side and it seems obvious. So - read again your Milloy (who has a distinct political biass in what science he chooses to debunk!) article, and compare the science in it with this article: http://www.realclim...
by tomclarke
Mon Dec 08, 2008 9:29 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Manipulation
Replies: 99
Views: 40500

gblaze42 - Here is a detailed rebuttal of the "little ice age" hypothesis (written as a polemic). http://home.iprimus.com.au/nielsens/medieval.html and here, for balance, is a "little ice age" anti-GW polemic http://www.geocraft.com/WVFossils/ice_ages.html Read both and see which is more grounded in...
by tomclarke
Mon Dec 08, 2008 7:48 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Manipulation
Replies: 99
Views: 40500

It is difficult, with a topic like this where many people have strong preconceptions, and there is lots of politics, to concentrate on the science. But that is what I want to do. jmc - you are oversimplifying. Simon is right to point out that historically CO2 has lagged temperature. And so saying "t...
by tomclarke
Mon Dec 08, 2008 8:42 am
Forum: General
Topic: Manipulation
Replies: 99
Views: 40500

Yes - Market solution is obviously the most flexible - with carbon trading & allowable offsets. Any such system tends to have inequities and political stupidities especially when first established, because the necessary agreement means sacrificing sensible maesures to placate political & industrial ...
by tomclarke
Sun Dec 07, 2008 11:02 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Manipulation
Replies: 99
Views: 40500

Well in view of our differnce of opinion n another thread I gues I should reply to this. Is global warming a scam? This is surely a scientific question. One about which we can debate, revise judgements as more evidence becomes available, etc. Let us just suppose probability GW is NOT a scam is alpha...
by tomclarke
Sun Dec 07, 2008 10:39 pm
Forum: General
Topic: How did we convert from horse and buggy to automobiles
Replies: 91
Views: 14571

Re China/India vs US Your logic here seems correct only if you view global economics as a zero-sum game - we will do it, fine, if they will! Thought you were an engineer? Re coal-fired plants Europe manages the whole issue no better. Global long-term constraints are very very difficultfor any democr...
by tomclarke
Sun Dec 07, 2008 6:45 pm
Forum: General
Topic: How did we convert from horse and buggy to automobiles
Replies: 91
Views: 14571

Simon, re interpreting historical record. As you might expect, the arguments are complex, and it is easy to produce superficial arguments one way or the other. Here is a detailed analysis of the objections to Al Gore's ice-core data in his not always accurate & v polemic film. I think it answers you...
by tomclarke
Sat Dec 06, 2008 7:33 pm
Forum: General
Topic: How did we convert from horse and buggy to automobiles
Replies: 91
Views: 14571

MSimon, I have just realised you raised a few other points I want to reply to. I am a great fan of planting trees. I like trees. The worst cause of environmental degradation in agricultural land is deforestation followed by topsoil denudation (if that is a word). I think the science on trees and CO2...
by tomclarke
Sat Dec 06, 2008 3:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: How did we convert from horse and buggy to automobiles
Replies: 91
Views: 14571

MSimon. http://landshape.org/enm/greenhouse-thermodynamics-of-water-vapor-and-the-ipcc/ Appears plausible and supports your argument - but read all the comments. The key issue is that one graph of WV is not the whole story. http://www.physorg.com/news146160316.html Note this is new & better quality ...
by tomclarke
Sat Dec 06, 2008 11:12 am
Forum: General
Topic: Human Nature not a constant ?
Replies: 84
Views: 16923

Humans evaluate risk in a weird way. We don't allow aircraft to fly which are slightly flakey - and get horrified by the very occasional accidents. On the other hand we happily let use of asbestos and low-level background exposure store up future mesothelioma cases (cases rising in UK in spite of st...
by tomclarke
Sat Dec 06, 2008 10:58 am
Forum: General
Topic: How did we convert from horse and buggy to automobiles
Replies: 91
Views: 14571

Man made global warming is a hoax. A wallet extraction scheme. Less than 1/2 of Americans are convinced. I have actually studied extensively the technical arguments in favor of AGW and they are shoddy at best and quite possibly a fraud. You are right (I guess - but being in UK have not seen latest ...
by tomclarke
Sat Nov 22, 2008 10:32 am
Forum: News
Topic: Radioactive Decay not a constant ?
Replies: 49
Views: 13418

One of my closest friends at Cambidge was a very prostletising skeptic - determined to disprove as fraud any claims of supernatural activity. I did not disagree with his conclusions - I found his emotional engagement with the subject disproportionate. I always thought his faith was skepticism - and ...
by tomclarke
Fri Nov 21, 2008 7:47 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Cheap Anti-Matter?
Replies: 38
Views: 10334

Nothing posted here has indicated technology which can produce copious anti-protons (which can be used as nuclear reaction catalysts). All we have is mention of anti-electrons. There is no reason to connect generation of positrons with generation of anti-protons. So I am afraid this technique, usefu...