One of the most famous analytical quips: There are lies, damned lies, and statistics. Stephen Colbert’s addition of Truthiness to the English lexicon provides an umbrella concept for that old adage. And @TeamTrump’s and the @GOP base’s allegiance to #AlternativeFacts before reality is taking this to a whole new level. One aspect of such truthiness is to […]
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March 6th, 2017 · 1 Comment
April 20th, 2015 · Comments Off on The internet saves a huge amount of energy … even as it burns up a large amount
It is seriously difficult and even more seriously important for us to consider our energy and climate challenges and opportunities with systems thinking. Let’s consider the all-encompassing information revolution which, clearly, is integrally tied to energy and energy usage. (After all, omething is behind your screen turning on, isn’t it?) If one takes a systems approach, […]
April 10th, 2012 · Comments Off on AOL’s utterly misleading title re gasoline prices impact on auto buyers
AOL Auto News popped into my inbox and their first story headline had me clicking to read the full piece. The title in question: Car Buyers Won’t Change Habits Until Gas Hits $6.51 A Gallon Rising gas prices are changing consumers habits, but not the way you may think Pretty dramatic news,that gas prices would […]
March 15th, 2012 · 1 Comment
Earlier today, at Talking Points Memo, Benjy Sarlin authored Obama Mangles U.S., World History In Energy Speech. While Sarlin’s article provides some interesting nitpicking about President Obama’s excellent speech, a basic point: Sarlin mangled the reporting in a way that boosts the strength of his points via rather questionable journalism.
March 12th, 2012 · Comments Off on According to Joe Bastardi, humanity must live in the mountains?
Joe Bastardi, who has a long record of dissembling truthiness and truthlessness when it comes to climate science issues, appeared on Fox News (yet again). Of of his comments has received much attention: BASTARDI: CO2 cannot cause global warming. I’ll tell you why. It doesn’t mix well with the atmosphere, for one. For two, its […]
March 6th, 2012 · 2 Comments
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 […]
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 […]
January 23rd, 2012 · Comments Off on “Comfortable History” subset of “Sound Science”?
Ta-Nehisi Coates’ discussion of confronting Civil War ‘Comfortable History’ from such ‘sound Historians’ as Ron Paul makes interesting reading. About the asymmetric nature of this conflict, Coates concludes: The problem debating this sort of thing is the side of dishonesty and intellectual laziness is at an advantage. It will likely take more effort for me […]
December 15th, 2011 · 2 Comments
The United States is now a net exporter of petroleum products. Simply put, the United States exports more post refinery products than it imports. (E.g., it exports more diesel and gasoline, for example, than imported of these types of products.) This is real news, after all this reverses a net import refinery product balance of […]
August 16th, 2010 · 5 Comments
On reading the opening paragraphs of Robert Bryce’s author’s note, I felt a kindred soul: .. just how lucky I am. There is no more complex or fascinating topic than energy. … the scale of energy use and the complexity and the importance of the energy business are unmatched by any industry. The study of […]