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Comment: Re:They already have (Score 1) 666

by Kohath (#48877423) Attached to: US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

What do you think the "big picture" is? I think the "big picture" is modest warming that falls short of a crisis. In the "big picture", there aren't many effective levers to pull to solve the warming problem, and the cost of pulling them is higher than the benefit.

There's no "save the planet" or not. Because a slightly warmer planet is still a healthy planet. And we'd be better off focusing our resources on solving problems like disease and deprivation than on problems like a small amount of warming over a few hundred years as we advance technologically -- eventually to non-fossil fuel energy sources.

Comment: Re:They already have (Score 1) 666

by Kohath (#48871327) Attached to: US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

Historical temperatures are adjusted for comparison. This is well known. There are relatively few sites where the exact same thermometer, in the exact same structure, surrounded by the exact same surrounding structures, developments, and foliage has been in use for a hundred years or more. There are more in the US than in other countries. Many, many adjustments have to be made to the historical temperature readings to normalize them all with current readings and combine them into a global average representation. There are different methods for doing this that produce different results.

You should read up on the subject if you're interested in understanding it. If you just want to shoot down conspiracy straw men, then proceed. No knowledge or understanding of the subject is required.

Comment: Re:More proof (Score 1) 666

by Kohath (#48869827) Attached to: US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

It's opportunity to advance petty political nastiness under the banner of science. It's interesting that science is so frequently used this way, instead of being used as a method to advance knowledge.

Do scientists think using science this way is helping anyone?

Nothing is going to be done about climate change. But this is especially true if the climate change alarmism side wants to engage in petty political nastiness instead of legislative compromise.

Comment: IRS Targeting Scandal (Score 1) 562

by Kohath (#48841019) Attached to: Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

The IRS targeting of political opponents killed any chance this will ever happen. There's no basis for anyone to trust any government agency in the US. A few people will still trust blindly, or temporarily while their team is in charge, but it won't be many. Not for a long, long time.

Comment: Re:Municipal Broadband? (Score 1) 417

by Kohath (#48814121) Attached to: Obama Unveils Plan To Bring About Faster Internet In the US

I don't want to hold my elected officials accountable for my broadband. They can barely keep the roads paved.

I'm wondering why everyone seems to think so highly of their local officials. What cities have such great local officials that we want to give them all these new responsibilities?

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