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rolf westgard

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st Paul, MN
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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,...

Posted on 02/21/14 at 05:57 pm in response to Carbon taxes unpopular but effective

There are four major agencies that measure global temperatures. They are all showing the current 'pause' in the global temperature rise. I don't have to pick cherries; there is lots of low hanging fruit.
I suggest the best explanation for the current pause is the 30 year Pacific Decadal Oscillation cycle which is in the middle of a cooling phase. This suggests about 15 or so more years of flat to cooling global temps.
We are on a plateau where temperatures are warmer than...

Posted on 02/26/14 at 02:51 am in response to Carbon taxes unpopular but effective

Probably not. Politicians look for votes, not results.

Posted on 02/21/14 at 02:03 pm in response to What's Mike McFadden for and against? He offers some hints

We have a solid delegation in Amy and Franken. I suggest it is likely to stay that way in 2015.