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st Paul, MN
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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.

Posted on 10/06/14 at 02:10 pm in response to Marching for the planet — and for hope

Try the NIPCC website with scores of doubting scientists. 97%o f scientists used to think the world was flat. Or:
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...

Posted on 10/07/14 at 03:45 am in response to Marching for the planet — and for hope

I will stay with Warren Buffett and my alma mater's Nobel Physicist. Try offering something hard like a stiff gasoline tax.

Posted on 09/25/14 at 01:42 pm in response to Letter from Skunk Hollow: Watercolors, and life, as artworks in progress

Ron: My watercolor artist wife loved your painting and article. She also had an art gallery and school for years in the Brainerd area until we moved permanently back to St Paul.
Rolf Westgard

Posted on 09/25/14 at 03:07 am in response to Climate change poses wide-ranging dangers to public health, experts warn

We no longer hear the term global warming; instead it is climate change. The reason for avoiding global warming is that there hasn't been any in the 21st Century.
Climate change allows every storm, flood, drought, etc to be blamed on carbon dioxide emissions. Warren Buffet, CEO of some major casualty insurance companies, noted recently that their rates have not increased, and aren't expected to increase, because there has been no increase in unusual weather events.

Even though we disagree on the impact of atmosphere CO2, I always appreciate the well reasoned positions of Robert Moffitt.

We are currently using natural gas to replace coal, as with the High Bridge and Riverside gas plants in the Twin Cities. We are exposed to a price risk as a few years ago natural gas was 3 to 4 times its current price. A return to that level would send power prices soaring.
Nuclear fuel is about one half cent per kwh, so there is little price risk. Nuclear plants cost a lot to build in the US, but their operating cost is low, and they produce an enormous amount of round the clock...