Saturday, April 18, 2015

Why Global Warming Is No Cause For Alarm

The earth has warmed a slight 1.6 deg F in the past 100 years --a little more in the northern hemisphere -- and mostly due to man.  The arctic area has warmed the most. The sea has been rising at about 8 to 10 inches in 100 years and looks similar going forward. Those are the facts.

In both cases, things are happening VERY slowly and humans can and will adjust. The warming and it's effects are quite small--despite what alarmists and their faulty models say. There is no cause for alarm.

The big problem that no one seems to understand is that just to halt the rise of CO2 in the atmosphere would require a gargantuan reduction of CO2 emissions of 50%. This would NOT roll back temperatures or CO2 -- just halt any rise! To reduce CO2 emissions by 50%, we would have to convert all cars to electric, add more nuclear power for the cars, and scrub every power plant stack in the country (which can't be done). The US has 10,000 power plants alone. Such reductions would cost $10s of Trillions in the US alone and cripple our finances and economy. It amounts to financial suicide. No country like China or India would commit economic suicide either.   Furthermore, the result of such spending would be imperceptible and ineffective! 

The problem is simple. There is more than a 50% mismatch between the rate that the sea and land absorbs CO2 vs the rate of emissions.  See the chart below:


The hydrocarbon era will likely end within the next 100 years and we'll be a little warmer and the sea about 1 foot higher. Nuclear energy has to be in a lower carbon future as solar and wind power's scope is very limited due to the cost of grid modifications and other problems. Also, wind and solar power require a near 100% backup using high capacity power generation. How can that be economic?  Thorium molten salt nuclear reactors may be answer given it's abundance, it's safety, it's efficiency.

For a bunch of handy graphs about global warming see here.  Judge for yourself.  Just look at the data.

No panic is indicated. Economic suicide is not required. However, a program to start the transition to Thorium (or other) power should be started now for the coming decades.

Oh, and all the alarmist "scientists" and their faulty models are wrong! And to think that Al Gore almost was our president!?!

The Death Tax is the Unkindest Cut of All

The Death (estate) tax is the unkindest cut of all.   It hits people like farmers the hardest, who happen to hold substantial amounts land.    It doesn't take much land to be hit with a huge tax. The inadvertent effect, in just this one case, is that family farms are sold to large corporate farmers so that estates can pay the extortion.  That's why there's hardly any family farms left.

Family businesses are ruined in the same way. Parents, if they are diligent, lucky and work their asses off, create a small business that they would like to bequeath to the next generation in their family. The estate tax causes families to sell out to pay the tax.

And for what?

Those tax dollars are pissed away on useless and wasteful programs or spent on unworthy people. Great country we live in, huh?

And who are the only advocates for eliminating Estate Taxes?  Republicans.