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Earth Day 2015

My Earth Day write-up, a bit late:

I was planting seeds for plants for the garden. I got to thinking about environmentalists, etc. I now only buy seeds from one or two seed companies. Last year, I noticed a No GMO logo on many of the catalogs. This resulted in my immediately canceling any company with the logo. I sent them all letters telling them I would not buy from them because my health was dependent on a genetically modified substance. Not one company cared if their non-GMO stance would harm me. They only care that putting Non-GMO on their catalogue increased their sales. So much for the idea that these people “care”. They are as mercenary as any oil company when it comes to profits. It’s about making money, pure and simple.

If you add to this the push to eliminate meat from people’s diets, you end up with millions of dead diabetics. If we can’t synthesize insulin from e-coli bacteria and we do away with livestock, there can be no insulin. I have seen no concern whatsoever about this possibility. Environmentalists only care about the planet, not the people on it.

Then there’s the millions spent on bird-killing paltry sources of so-called renewable energy. It’s a complete lie to call wind and solar renewable. The fuel may be available on nature’s schedule, but until wind and solar convert themselves to electricity on their own, they are not renewable. Mountains of mining, manufacturing and land loss are all a part of this “free” energy. It’s a complete misrepresentation of the reality of a long ago discarded energy source.

More importantly, the money thrown away on these failures could have gone to help people in say, Haiti, who are dirt poor and have no defense against hurricanes, etc. However, global warming is about throwing people into abject poverty, not about helping the poor out of poverty. Poverty has an extremely low carbon foot print. Someone said North Korea was a model for fighting global warming–I forget who it was. I’m hoping they were kidding.

Celebrating Earth day by picking up trash, planting a tree, etc. in fine. No one wants a dirty planet and we can always use more trees (unless it’s a corporation using Costa Rican farms to plant trees and supposedly offset their carbon use–that is unacceptable). However, Earth Day should not be used to guilt children into believing a certain type of light bulb will save the earth or a certain car will destroy the planet. Unfortunately, many people use Earth Day to try and push humanity backward, to the time of disease and poverty. If we really care about people and the Earth, we will start helping those in true poverty rise out of their situation and be able to deal with life more effectively. We can help people and still respect the earth.

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Earth Day 2015

I am still addressing health issues, so my Earth Day post will be delayed.

Feel free to share how you celebrated Earth Day.

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Out for a while

Due to health issues, I will not be blogging as much.  I will return when the issues are resolved.

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Wind shows it’s lack of credibility

I learned today that I am not only a “denier” I am a “clean energy hater”. Seriously, the wind industry has nothing to offer now except name-calling? I realize that’s actually true, I’m just surprised to see them so blantantly admitting they can’t sell their product, so they sell hatred instead. Very, very sad.

I suppose I could point out that wind and solar are anything but clean–mining, manufacture, radioactive waste disposal, landscape destruction, bird and bad killing all seem to be less than “clean” energy. Perhaps wind’s definition of “clean” is not what the rest of the world uses? One more like they accuse fossil fuels of using—whatever makes the sellers of “clean” energy money. Maybe it’s not about saving the planet or clean energy at all. The new “hater” term certainly says so.

In reality, I don’t hate clean energy. I just haven’t seen any such thing in the real world.

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Interesting screen shot

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I came across this while surfing websites.  You can click on the photo for a larger version.  I have no idea what the website is about, but I thought the photo on the screen spoke volumes about alternate energy!

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Recent articles I have found interesting

I have listed the link and first paragraph or my own commentary for each article.  Click on the link to read the rest of the story.  Many of these articles are found on https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com.  I recommend heading over to the blog for more interesting posts on renewables, energy and global warming.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-30671607

“An investigation is continuing into the collapse of a wind turbine near Fintona in County Tyrone.  The turbine, valued at more than £500,000, was one of eight on the Screggagh wind farm on Murley mountain.  It collapsed on Friday night, scattering debris over a wide area. Winds were said to be light at the time.  The director of Screggagh Windfarm Ltd said they were working with the suppliers to ensure the site was safe.”

http://www.scotsman.com/news/comment-renewables-drain-our-resources-1-3659067

“Renewables use sun, water, wind; energy sources that won’t run out. Non-renewables come from things like gas, coal and uranium that one day will. But unless electricity and motorised transport are abandoned altogether, all “renewables” need huge areas of land or sea and require raw materials that are drilled, transported, mined, bulldozed and these will run out. Wind turbine towers are constructed from steel manufactured in a blast furnace from mined iron ore and modified coal (coke). Turbine blades are composed of oil-derived resins and glass fibre. The nacelle encloses a magnet containing about one third of a tonne of the rare earth metals, neodymium and dysprosium. Large neodymium magnets also help propel electric cars.”

http://trib.com/news/national/pacificorp-pleads-guilty-to-wyoming-wind-farm-eagle-deaths/article_83ffbbf6-81d8-5b06-9eab-67d2639ce260.html?comment_form=true#comments

This after Duke Energy was fined about a year ago for eagle deaths on its two wind plants in the same area.

http://trib.com/news/local/casper/casper-area-bird-count-finds-increase-in-sage-grouse-decrease/article_d4e2bc53-5366-56ed-b92f-ad1ddaf0f515.html?comment_form=true#comments

Sage grouse up, golden eagles down in numbers in this particular area.  There’s no way to know why the eagle numbers are down, but the fines on wind plants would indicate the wind plants may be having an effect on the numbers.

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Stop hating on NIMBY’s says Naomi Oreskes

I was surfing and looking for opinions on the NIMBY phenomena when I came acrose this:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2014/10/23/stop-hating-on-nimbys-theyre-saving-communities/

Some prime quotes:

“Opponents note that the lion’s share of the jobs created will be temporary, that the power will be delivered to customers south of the power line, that hydropower is not actually renewable, and that there are other ways to address future energy demand.

They also question the promise of economic benefit, noting that chambers of commerce along the proposed route believe it will hurt tourism and damage real estate values. But the key issue at stake for the opponents is not jobs or money, but beauty.”

Sound familiar?  It’s exactly what opponents of wind have been saying all along.

“NIMBY name-calling also intimidates by provoking what psychologists call stereotype threat. Those of us who care about the natural environment and the health of our communities are often afraid of being labeled NIMBYs, so we bend over backward to insist that we are not anti-business, not anti-technology, and not anti-modern.”

She just admitted that all the labeling of NIMBY by wind advocates is a “stereotype threat”.  Really?  Wind opponents were right all along—they were and are being intimidated?  The article has several other statements that so close to what wind opponents have been saying it is remarkable, or frightening, I’m not sure which.

Next time someone throws the NIMBY label out, it would be good to mention that one of the major players in the global warming push is now saying things virtually identical to the wind opponents.

The Science of Doom

Evaluating and Explaining Climate Science

Enthusiasm, Scepticism and Science

on the origins and impacts of Global Warming Alarmism in the history and philosophy of science

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

“We do not believe any group of men adequate enough or wise enough to operate without scrutiny or without criticism. We know that the only way to avoid error is to detect it, that the only way to detect it is to be free to inquire. We know that in secrecy error undetected will flourish and subvert”. - J Robert Oppenheimer.

Knowledge Drift; The Science of Human Error

How bad knowledge contaminates good data

The Carbon Sense Coalition

Wind power is not what is advertised

William M. Briggs

Statistician to the Stars!

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