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Posted on 03/13/14 at 06:48 pm in response to Renewable energy: good for the environment and the economy

If you are really worried about CO2 and global warming, support something hard and unpopular like a gasoline tax.
Despite many billions in subsidies and 'must take' laws, wind and solar combined provide a little over 1% of our total energy use. And they are too variable to replace base load electric power. Try running a hospital or our traffic signals on a quiet night.
And making moonshine from corn and soybeans is an inefficient joke which uses as much fossil energy as it...

Posted on 03/07/14 at 05:14 am in response to For a cleaner future, we need solid energy information

My reference to humans exhaling a few pounds/day of CO2 was a joke and not intended to suggest that our breathing was destroying the planet.
As to nuclear energy costs, nuclear plants cost a lot to build, especially in the US. But their operating costs are very competitive with other forms of electric generation. And the new Westinghouse AP 1000 produces a lot of kwh over its 60 year minimum life, reducing the per hour amortization cost.
Professor Abraham is indeed a leading...

Clearing all those ridge tops for wind turbines should create some interesting consequences when the next heavy rains start. Then there is the space needed for all the power lines required to bring the intermittent power to the cities.
But there are plenty of subsidies and 'must take' laws to make it all happen.

Posted on 02/21/14 at 01:56 pm in response to Kahn apologizes for statement about activist beaten at caucus

Kahn is one of the very few MN lawmakers with a solid science education. We need people like her in the legislature.

Posted on 02/22/14 at 07:08 pm in response to Kahn apologizes for statement about activist beaten at caucus

I'll take competence and experience first, even if there is a little arrogance mixed in.

Posted on 02/20/14 at 08:19 pm in response to Carbon taxes unpopular but effective

As my letter indicates, the oceans are a big repository for the CO2. The oceans contain perhaps 50 times as much carbon as the atmosphere.
As to logic I am a little confused by Mr. Hintz last sentence. If he reads my letter carefully, he will understand the logic.

Posted on 02/21/14 at 05:04 am in response to Carbon taxes unpopular but effective

There are currently 40 parts CO2 per 100,000 parts of atmosphere. Every few years we are adding one more part CO2. That is why it is called a trace gas.
Burning coal is a big source of CO2 and other emissions that we don't want. So lets hear of some real measures to replace it. Variable renewables won't work for base load power.

Posted on 02/21/14 at 02:00 pm in response to Carbon taxes unpopular but effective

We need nuclear aside from the CO2 issue. Nuclear is safe, economical, and provides round the clock power. Spent fuel can be handled in a facility like Yucca Mountain. Longer term it should be reprocessed the way the French do at La Hague.
And the CO2 threat IMO is exaggerated.

Posted on 02/21/14 at 02:12 pm in response to Carbon taxes unpopular but effective

Actually plants are somewhat CO2 starved. The more the merrier.

Posted on 02/21/14 at 03:53 pm in response to Carbon taxes unpopular but effective

Quoting Dr. Richard McNider and Dr. John Christy who are professors of atmospheric science at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Both were part of 2007 IPCC report which got the Nobel prize:

"The warming numbers most commonly advanced are created by climate computer models built almost entirely by scientists who believe in catastrophic global warming. The rate of warming forecast by these IPCC models depends on many assumptions to replicate a complex world in tractable terms,...