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Comment: Re:Climate "Science" (Score 1) 393

by DiamondGeezer (#49777707) Attached to: Can Bad Scientific Practice Be Fixed?

"Is CO2 a greenhouse gas ? We've had proof of that since the mid 19th century"

Untrue. It was hypothesized by Arrhenius but then Robert Wood showed that greenhouses do not warm because of the "greenhouse effect"

"If it is, and we know it is, then it means that increasing CO2 levels = less energy leaving the earth."

Bunk. Even if CO2 worked the way you think, the effect would be logarithmic, not linear. In any case, studies of ice cores have shown consistently that CO2 enrichment is a centuries delayed response to climate warming, never preceding that warming.

"Well there you go - either prove that the ENTIRETY of chemistry is bunk, or disprove thermodynamics and conservation of energy"

Untrue. Your poor grasp of science is not an excuse for anyone else to believe it. Despite CO2 rising during the 20th and early 21st Century, temperatures have risen, fallen, risen and now stabilized for more than 18 years.

"And besides - all that stuff you said are lies, told to you by professional liars - the SAME professional liars who spent years telling you smoking was healthy and lead in the air was both natural and harmless"

Again, hyperbolic nonsense. But why let facts get in the way of your millenarian beliefs?

Comment: Simple Solution: Use the patent system (Score 4, Interesting) 245

by DiamondGeezer (#49132061) Attached to: The Peculiar Economics of Developing New Antibiotics

If the US wants pharma to develop new classes of antibiotics then the simplest method is to extend the patent from 20 to 30 years **providing that the drug qualifies as an antibiotic**.

This has the effect of a) incentivising pharma to spend on research in these classes of drugs and b) discouraging widespread abuse by disallowing generic implementations for at least a generation.

Job done! Next?

Comment: Re:They already have (Score 5, Interesting) 667

by DiamondGeezer (#48869753) Attached to: US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

Sadly not true. The fashion for some scientists to make names for themselves by producing misleading headlines for their supposed evidence has yet to fizzle.

Was 2014 the warmest it has ever been globally? No.

The satellite records (either one) show no special warmth for 2014 and the BEST record shows no statistical significance to the claim that 2014 was the hottest. Why? Because the tiny increase was well within the error bars of the mean temperature statistic

Has the global warming hiatus ended? No. Do the climate models reflect this? No.

That said, should Congress be making such a determination? No it shouldn't. But what this Congress is certain to do is cut the funding of climate change to the bone. Then we'll see how much was real and how much was money-powered hype.

Comment: Re:Yep it is a scam (Score 5, Informative) 667

by DiamondGeezer (#48869655) Attached to: US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

Malaria is not a warm weather dependent disease. England in the 16th Century had malarial marshes (in the middle of the Little Ice Age) and the largest malarial outbreak of the 20th Century occurred in Arctic circle Russia.

The real vector of malaria is poor sanitation, which in turn is a function of poverty and lack of economic development.

Good day to avoid cops. Crawl to work.