Systematically, for numerous issues, those advocating for action to mitigate our headlong rush over the Catastrophic Climate Chaos Cliff understate the case. The scientific community, notably the International Panel for Climate Change (IPCC), is ‘conservative’ — taking a very measured (scientific, one might say) approach with use solely of already published peer-reviewed literature which [...]
Entries Tagged as 'analysis'
December 4th, 2012 · No Comments
November 25th, 2012 · 1 Comment
This guest post from Veritas Curat provides a valuable look at how the science of economics drives answers that undermine humanity’s prospects.
Economics is so fundamentally disconnected from the real world it is destructive.
If you take an introductory course in economics, the professor, in the first lecture, will show a slide of the economy, and it [...]
August 19th, 2012 · 6 Comments
Analysis should enable more informed decision-making. Regrettably, economic and fiscal analyses too often occur in a stove-piped fashion that provides only limited perspectives as to real costs and benefits. Energy and environmental analysis, in particular, suffer from this problem. This has been true from the individual household to business to national policy level discussions [...]
April 27th, 2012 · No Comments
Understanding how feedback impacts people and institutions (whether in sports, school, militaryoperations, or …) in learning and change (hopefully, improvement) is a complex and fascinatingworld. Data collection and feedback systems, as a tool for providing building/system operators the ability to make more informed decisions about energy use, are a critical pathway toward more effective (generally, [...]
April 3rd, 2012 · No Comments
We’ve seen this clearly with Keystone XL pipeline. Proponents are letting us (all of U.S.) know that it will create 6500 … or 25,000 … or 100,000 … or over 1,000,000 jobs. In some ways, ‘just believe me’ type claims. The only independent analysis, to date, suggests that Keystone XL pipeline construction — even without [...]
March 6th, 2012 · 1 Comment
The Washington Post editorial board has waged a campaign against electrification of the nation’s transportation system (especially cars), often using true facts in a fashion that creates untruthful truthiness. Today’s Charles Lane OPED celebrating a temporary closure of the Chevy Volt line provides multiple examples of truthiness-laden editoralizing.
Here are just a few examples of how [...]
February 6th, 2012 · 1 Comment
This guest post comes from Louis A. Derry, an associate professor of geological sciences at Cornell University. It was originally posted as a comment to a post at the Dot Earth blog of The New York Times which discussed one angle of The WSJ 16’s climate disinformation OPED. RE that monstrocity, see Whacking 16 Moles [...]
February 4th, 2012 · No Comments
Barath’s guest post provides another way of looking at the reality that Peak Oil and Climate Change are THE Progressive Crises.
What is progressivism? What is it to be a progressive?
The history of the concept goes back a few hundred years to the enlightenment, and in one reasonable definition:
…the Idea of Progress is the theory that [...]
November 30th, 2011 · 1 Comment
This guest post comes from a scientist who finds himself to be a Fish Out of Water.
Industry lobbyists have unlimited access to the White House to gut health, safety and environmental regulations proposed by the EPA and other regulatory agencies. A secretive, little known part of the White House’s Office of Management [...]
November 26th, 2011 · No Comments
As the carbon count goes higher, inexorably, globally and the world community suffers from mounting challenges due to climate chaos, the value of incremental individual change can seem meaningless. So what if a household figures out how to save 500 kilowatt hours a year and $50 by installing cfl light bulbs (or by using LED [...]