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rolf westgard

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st Paul, MN
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5 years 27 weeks

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Our lawyer President has appointed another lawyer, Ron Klain, to oversee the battle against ebola. Perhaps he can devise a law against the ebola virus, similar to the one that lawyers in Congress passed making large scale production of cellulose ethanol practical.
I suggest that Osterholm would have been a wiser choice, but he does lack that law degree.

Posted on 10/14/14 at 09:58 am in response to Turbines may be luring bats to their deaths, wind-farm research suggests

You forgot to mention the streamers, birds who are set afire in the Ivanpah Solar Farm in Nevada. The birds fly across the concentrated solar rays from 100,000 focusing mirrors, their burning feathers create a trail of smoke before they drop to their deaths. That $2 billion solar installation equals about 10% of our Prairire Island nuclear plant, when the sun is shining.

Posted on 10/14/14 at 04:25 pm in response to Turbines may be luring bats to their deaths, wind-farm research suggests

I bring classes to tour various MN electric power plants. We see bird nests in the nooks and crannies of those plants. the birds love the fact that they don't have spinning blades to chop them up.

Posted on 10/19/14 at 06:41 pm in response to Turbines may be luring bats to their deaths, wind-farm research suggests

It doesn't compare. Birds and bats do fine without those spinning blades.

I had the opportunity to be questioned by Tane, and it was afascinating experience. His improv crew was outstanding as they chased a nuclear fuel pellet around the stage.
Attend a program.

Posted on 10/10/14 at 02:09 am in response to Dayton uses debate to propose increasing gas tax

For having the courage to propose a much needed gas tax. The funds will be spent in Minnesota using Minnesota resources.

Posted on 10/07/14 at 09:27 am in response to New evidence suggests Earth's oceans are warming far faster than we knew

As to the frequency of extreme-weather events, we have a recent TV interview by Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, one of world’s largest casualty insurers. Buffett noted on CNBC, “While the question of climate change deserves lots of attention, it has no effect on the prices we’re charging this year versus five years ago. And I don’t think it’ll have an effect on what we’re charging three years or five years from now. Hurricanes in recent years have been all profit. Future...

Posted on 10/07/14 at 09:50 am in response to New evidence suggests Earth's oceans are warming far faster than we knew

'Denier' is a pejorative term, suggesting a person who thinks smoking is good for you and that the holocaust never happened.
Actually the earth's climate is very complex and difficult to forecast. Reasoned discussion helps to understand the issues. That is why I avoid the term 'alarmist' for those who don't grasp the technology.

Posted on 10/07/14 at 11:09 am in response to New evidence suggests Earth's oceans are warming far faster than we knew

It really is not so simple, as you would learn if you took one of the classes on energy that I teach for the U of M adult ed program.
Buffett is not a climate expert, but he and his people know a lot about the unusual weather that Gore disciples keep touting. There isn't any unusual weather, just as there isn't any warming. Warming might resume next year, we just don't know. Spending billions on ethanol and wind turbines won't matter whether we head toward the next glacier or warm...

Posted on 10/07/14 at 04:21 pm in response to New evidence suggests Earth's oceans are warming far faster than we knew

Every IPCC forecast has been way above actual temperatures experienced. Then there are the absurd pronouncements from Al Gore.