“Global warming” was sold as THE problem. It was the thing that absolutely HAD to come first. It could not be questioned.
Dropping water tables? Not as important as climate change. Wildfires out of control? Global warming took priority. Wildlife management? What good would it do if the Earth was destroyed because of carbon dioxide?
You see, controlling climate change was the justification to demand people sacrifice energy. It was the excuse to sign over economic power to technocrats and politicos. Every one knew that capitalism and the free market were the greatest threats to life on Earth.
Because no one understood it. For some it was an act of faith. For others it was about controlling people.
And it was all based on a lie.
Now somebody else is telling the truth.
❝Global temperature change observed over the last hundred years or so is well within the natural variability of the last 8,000 years, according to a new paper by a former Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (IPCC) lead author.
Dr. Philip Lloyd, a South Africa-based physicist and climate researcher, examined ice core-based temperature data going back 8,000 years to gain perspective on the magnitude of global temperature changes over the 20th Century.
What Lloyd found was that the standard deviation of the temperature over the last 8,000 years was about 0.98 degrees Celsius– higher than the 0.85 degrees climate scientists say the world has warmed over the last century.
“This suggests that while some portion of the temperature change observed in the 20th century was probably caused by greenhouse gases, there is a strong likelihood that the major portion was due to natural variations,” Lloyd wrote in his study.❞
Now here is the problem
As “anthropogenic climate change” is discredited again and again and again, all the things that were part of the environmental movement are discredited too.
So we don’t worry about pollution. So we don’t worry about alternate energy sources. So we don’t worry about waste disposal.
That’s why I gave up on environmentalism and went back to ecology.
It’s all about the connections and trade-offs. The sooner we learn that the better.
❝You can't childproof the world. The best you can do is world proof your children.❞
I don’t know who said that quote originally. I ran across it in The American Zone by L. Neil Smith.
I’m tired of all the trigger warnings and the safe zones and the people claiming offense so they can control the speech and actions of others.
I just don’t have the time and I’m tired of having my guilt manipulated. I’m not going to give my passion to deal with these “walking wounded” anymore.
And gods forgive us, American pagans celebrate the hurts.
If you’re hurt, I’ll try to help you get better.
But you’re going to do most of the work. And you will get better if you expect my help.
You’re not entitled because of your pain. The world is full of pain. You can’t demand charity.
The world needs heroes more than it needs victims.
Well, it turns out that there might be a slightly beyond off-the-shelf tech that I had never heard of before. It’s thorium and molten salt reactors.
There’s plenty on YouTube. And quite a few papers and web pages.
Now I am not an engineer and all I’ve done on the subject is a few back-of-the-envelope figures. But Stars Above and Earth Below, why don’t we know about this?
Thorium is much, much, much more abundant than uranium. In fact, sifting out and disposing of thorium in rare earth mining is a major cost.
We can use thorium much more efficiently. It’s harder to weaponize the by-products. It’s easier to deal with the waste.
And because the reactor is not a pressure vessel like a liquid cooled uranium reactor, it’s cheaper to build, safer to run, and easer to shut down if there is a problem.
This is the first type of power plant that I would tell the Navajo to build on the rez. Or New Yorkers to build in Manhattan.
All it takes is the development costs. Then this tech is going to save the world.
As long as we keep government out of the way.
ETA: It turns out that the Federal government is rather intimately involved with the financing of nuclear plants in this country and has been for decades.
It also turns out that the U.S. Navy underwrote much of the development costs for a water-cooled reactor because it’s what they needed for submarines. We’re not sure that’s the best answer for a land based reactor.
That’s when I remind them of the “Office of the Presidenti-Elect” and the faux Roman columns.
But it’s more than that.
The “post-racial” president uses the race-card to stop anyone who disagrees with him. Congress could have put a stop to this years ago. Now it’s too late and we’ll have to wait until Obama is out of office.
We have little people seeking their power through presidential favor. Courtiers. Lickspittles. Parasites.
They’ve forgotten that their power comes from the people. They’ve forgotten that character should count for more than political favors.
Take the TPP mess. The issue is not a single up-down vote. The issue is not a treaty negotiated in secret. The issue is the president dictating under what conditions members of Congress are “allowed” to examine the documents.
That is the Imperious Leader. And the Congressional leadership of “both sides” has decided to take it. And thank the president for it afterwards.
Well before I entered high school, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. wrote The Imperial Presidency. He never foresaw the length Obama would take it. And of course if you disagree with Obama, you’re racist.
But blast it, it’s not entirely Obama’s fault. Or even Congress.
We elected them.
We’re not holding them responsible.
I’m not sure the Republic will survive.
If the choice is between the absolute on the left side or the absolute on the right, I am going to pick freedom despite both.❞
❝I'm for live and let live.
I wish more people were.
You should live your life as you choose. Just don't expect me to celebrate it because it is your life after all. And don't go after your neighbor because of the lawn he planted or the socks he wears or where he spends his Tuesday nights.❞
I’ve long since concluded that no one has all the answers or even most of the questions.❞