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Comment: Re:Science by democracy doesn't work? (Score 1) 412

by budgenator (#48887275) Attached to: Science By Democracy Doesn't Work

Look again all that red over Indonesia and the Philippines is from volcanism, all that red over Greenland and Iceland is from volcanism, all of that red in the north Pacific Ocean is volcanism. All that red in the South American and African equatorial regions is from the rainforrests. You have to go to China to see Anthropogenic CO2 levels high enough to be in the red.

Comment: Re:Are they voting on whether Pi = 22/7 also? (Score 1) 661

by budgenator (#48870513) Attached to: US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

In other words, every Senator who isn't either a subject-matter expert or an arrogant person and who doesn't want people to think he is in one of those two groups must abstain if this comes to a vote.

Personally I think this was just a way for the Democrats to help Warren Buffet keep his massively profitable oil transportation by rail business intact by making the vote on the KeystoneXL unpalatable to the Republicans.

Comment: Re:NASA Doesn't Think So (Score 1) 661

by budgenator (#48870207) Attached to: US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

NASA seems to think that climate change is being caused by human activities and they back it up with a lot of references to studies on the matter. IMHO, we're never going to convince people to change their behaviors or give up their luxuries. If we want to make a difference we need to develop the technologies that make it more advantageous to adopt the renewable solution (like kick-ass cars and cheaper home energy).

The Nasa climate scientists (Gavin Schmidt) who claimed 2014 set a new record for global warmth last night admitted they were only 38 per cent sure this was true.

That NASA?

Comment: Re:Wow... Just "no". (Score 3, Insightful) 203

by budgenator (#48864549) Attached to: Healthcare.gov Sends Personal Data To Over a Dozen Tracking Websites

They sent the info to 14 different companies,
HIPAA violation is due to willful neglect and is not corrected, Minimum Penalty, $50,000 per violation, with an annual maximum of $1.5 million; Maximum Penalty, $50,000 per violation, with an annual maximum of $1.5 million;
is a $1.5M fine going to phase either the USG or that rogue's gallery of internet advertiser's? We probably spend more than $22.5M on brake pads for fighter jets each year.

Comment: Re:This makes sense nomatter your politik (Score 1) 202

by budgenator (#48818885) Attached to: Obama Planning New Rules For Oil and Gas Industry's Methane Emissions

Methane degrades into CO2, in fact, so in simulations I did (Archer and Buffett, 2005) the radiative forcing from the elevated methane concentration throughout a long release was about matched by the radiative forcing from the extra CO2 accumulating

what's a 'long release'?

I don't know, if your curious read the paper,

D. Archer, and B. Buffett, "Time-dependent response of the global ocean clathrate reservoir to climatic and anthropogenic forcing", Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, vol. 6, pp. n/a-n/a, 2005. http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2004...

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my assumption from the context of the article (Much ado about methane) is more toward decades to continuous rather than months to years.

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