COVID vs. Climate Modeling: Cloudy with a chance of politics
[ Editor's note: This story originally was published by Real Clear Investigations . ] By Eric Felten Real Clear Investigations COVID-19 has proved to be a crisis not only for public health but for public policy. As credentialed experts, media commentators, and elected officials have insisted that ordinary men and women heed “the science,” the statistical models cited by scientists to predict the spread of contagion and justify the lockdown of the national economy have proven to be far off-base. Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York complained this week about the “guessing business” experts had
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U.S. Abandons Open Skies for New Age Space Weapons
Photograph Source: The White House - Public Domain With the U.S. deciding to walk out of the Open Skies agreement, the U.S. is signaling to the world that it intends to return to days of Pax Americana that existed post-World War II, when it was the sole possessor of nuclear weapons. It has already walked out of the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty in 2002 under George W. Bush, and the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty under Trump. The only nuclear arms control treaty that still remains in place is the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), which provides a rou
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The Huffington Post
Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Suffers Its Most Extensive Coral Bleaching Event
If global warming trends continue, the Great Barrier Reef will be destroyed.
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To the Commercial Heavens We Go! SpaceX, NASA and Space Privatisation
It would be too simple to regard the latest space venture, funded by Elon Musk, as entirely a matter of vast ego and deeply-pocked adventurism. But it would be close. The successful delivery of astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken of NASA as part of the joint mission with SpaceX to the International Space Station by the Dragon capsule proved intoxicating for followers and devotees. Behnken was himself keen on the idea of travelling into the heavens away from a messy, trouble-torn planet. “This is still something that we are going to be successful at, and we’re going to do it in the f
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The Denver Post
Andrew Romanoff debuts first TV ad, with a health care focus
U.S. Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff launched his first television ad on Wednesday, a 30-second, straight-to-camera talk about health care. "It shouldn"t take a crisis to teach us our health care system is broken," says a solemn Romanoff, who was speaker of the Colorado House and president of Mental Health Colorado before running for U.S. Senate. "If you have enough money, you can buy the best care in the world. If you"re an insurance company, you can even buy Congress," he adds. "I"m Andrew Romanoff. I approve this message and I"m running for the Senate because when you"re fighting for
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Ecosystems, Logging and the Definition of Insanity
It’s become a trite but true saying the definition of insanity is doing the same acts over and over yet expecting different results. This is definitely the case with timber industry lobbyists stridently arguing for increased logging and firefighting on public lands. Many people oppose the corporate looting of public lands, and that is why timber lobbyists can’t openly admit their real objective — logging big trees for big profits — but instead mask their agenda behind Orwellian euphemisms and false promises. They’ve repackaged logging as “active forest management” and “fuels reduction,” and m
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Global Warming is Nuclear War
Longview, Washington. Photo: Jeffrey St. Clair. The average global surface temperature rose by 1°C during the 110 years between 1910 and 2020. During the 50 years between 1910 and 1960, the average global temperature rose by 0.25°C, an average rate-of-increase of 0.005°C/year. Another 0.25°C of biosphere heating occurred during the 25 years between 1960 and 1985, a rate-of-rise of 0.010°C/year. During the 20 year span between 1985 and 2005 another 0.25°C of temperature was added, a rate-of-rise of 0.0125°C/year. During the 15 year span from 2005 to 2020 another 0.25°C of temperature rise oc
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AOC helping rioters: 'Cover identifying tattoos,' wear heat resistant gloves
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, left, and Rashida Tlaib (courtesy Rashida Tlaib for Congress, Facebook) The "protesters" who are rioting, burning buildings, smashing storefronts looting should wear "nondescript, solid color, layered clothing" and "cover identifying tattoos," advises a member of Congress. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., who has endeared herself to the far left with warnings such as the world "has only 12 years left," took to Instagram with tips for "protesting safely." As anarchists, Antifa members and others destroy businessess and neighborhoods in minority communities an
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School board axes geography textbook for 'pushing a particular political belief'
A Pennsylvania school board has blocked the use of a proposed textbook after one school board member led the charge against the book on the grounds that it was nothing more than liberal "indoctrination." The West York Area school board rejected the book, "Rubenstein: The Cultural Landscape: An Introduction to Human Geography, 13th edition," on a 5-4 vote after board member Lynn Kohler opposed its approach to teaching about climate change, according to the York Dispatch . The newspaper summarized Kohler's comments to say that he thought the book was "an anti-capitalist extension of the envir
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A Simple Model for Global Warming
70% or less of the sunlight shining onto the Earth reaches the surface and is absorbed by the biosphere. From this absorbed energy, in combination with the presence of water and organic material, all life springs. The oceans, which cover 70.2% of the Earth’s surface and comprise 99.4% of the biosphere’s mass, form the great “heat battery” of the planetary surface. All weather and climate are generated from the heat glow of that battery. A portion of that heat glow, equivalent to the solar energy absorbed, must escape into space for the planetary surface to remain in heat balance, at a constant
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Obama’s Recovery Act breathed life into renewables. Now they need rescuing.
It was the beginning of 2009, and the U.S. economy was hemorrhaging more than half a million jobs every month . The housing bubble had burst and set off the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. In February, a few weeks after being sworn in, President Barack Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, an $800-billion stimulus package designed to reinvigorate the economy and save millions from losing their houses and jobs. Hidden in the Recovery Act was something that largely escaped notice at the time - $90 billion earmarked for clean energy generation, electric v
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