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st Paul, MN
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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.

Posted on 10/07/14 at 11:56 pm in response to New evidence suggests Earth's oceans are warming far faster than we knew

Please support carbon taxes including a stiff gasoline tax.

Posted on 10/08/14 at 06:43 am in response to New evidence suggests Earth's oceans are warming far faster than we knew

It is atmosphere water that is the dominant GHG. Without it, it would be too cold for us humans. Sine the Little Ice Age ended about 1800 we have been slowly warming, and most of the recent warm years are in the past twenty. Current temps are similar to those in the Minoan and Roman periods and the Medieval Warm Period. In between Roman times and the MWP it got cold. We know that time as the Dark Ages when crops failed and life was short and miserable. Humans do better when it is warmer....

Posted on 10/04/14 at 01:28 am in response to Marching for the planet — and for hope

Ms Green notes in this beautiful article that "Climate change seems so complex and irreversible."
It seems that way because the earth's weather and climate is complex, constantly changing, and there isn't much we can do about it.
Yet, I would feel more hope if 400,000 would march for an increase in the gasoline tax to provide more energy efficient public transport, with higher gas prices encouraging us to use it.
Instead, we get Ban Ki Moon calling world leaders...

Posted on 10/06/14 at 05:34 am in response to Marching for the planet — and for hope

Studies by Legates and others show that 97% of scientists don't believe in climate change. It is a myth for Al Gore followers who think that rising seas will soon float ocean liners up 5th Avenue in NYC. Actually, sea level rise has slowed since the Wisconsin glacier melted and is now about one inch per decade - a thimble full not a water tower.