Forgot your password?
typodupeerror

Comment: Re:Think about the children (Score 2, Interesting) 260

by bunratty (#47982013) Attached to: Obama Presses China On Global Warming
There's a limit to the fossil fuels we can burn, and they're only going to get more expensive. There is far more energy available from alternative sources, and switching to them could be economically beneficial soon. If you want energy starvation and poverty, just keep burning fossil fuels.

Comment: Re:Two new deniers are born... (Score 2) 207

by bunratty (#47979837) Attached to: Study Links Pacific Coastal Warming To Changing Winds
Nope. Antarctic ice is melting, at an accelerating rate no less. You are referring to the temporary sea ice that forms each winter. The ice melting off the land makes the ocean less salty, and fresher water freezes at a higher temperature than saltier water. But even though there is a bit more sea ice in the winter, the overall effect is that the ice is melting at an accelerating rate. Yeah, those pesky facts, huh?

Comment: Re:Two new deniers are born... (Score 2) 207

by bunratty (#47979379) Attached to: Study Links Pacific Coastal Warming To Changing Winds
No warming for 18 years? Then how could we have just had the warmest summer ever recorded with continued melting of ice worldwide and rising sea levels? I think this was all predicted by the hypothesis of anthropogenic global warming, and is now being observed. If we see the warming stop, and the melting and sea level rise slow significantly, then we can talk about rethinking the hypothesis. Let me know when that happens.

Comment: Re:I remember this from university (Score 2) 207

by bunratty (#47979323) Attached to: Study Links Pacific Coastal Warming To Changing Winds
Daniel Dennett actually suggests that you should internally signal an alarm when someone uses the word "surely" in an argument. A statement prefixed by surely is quite often the weakest part of the argument, and if your surely alarm goes off automatically when you hear or read the word, you can know a good place to look for a flawed argument. I think that surely we can say the same for "clearly." Did your alarm go off just now with my use of "surely?"

Comment: Re:"Belief" is not part of the scientific method (Score 5, Insightful) 207

by bunratty (#47978651) Attached to: Study Links Pacific Coastal Warming To Changing Winds
That's not the reasoning behind the statement that the greenhouse effect warms the Earth. There are calculations and predictions behind it. If you predict the temperature of the Earth without the greenhouse effect, you get far colder temperatures than we observe. When you add in the greenhouse effect, you do get the observed temperatures. That's the scientific method -- hypothesis, prediction, and observation. Arrhenius even used this reasoning to predict in the 1800s that burning fossil fuels would cause warming. Hypothesis, prediction, and observation. You know, actual science.

Comment: Re:Most rational people never believe in AGW (Score 3, Insightful) 207

by bunratty (#47978293) Attached to: Study Links Pacific Coastal Warming To Changing Winds
That's an interesting thought process... "some warming is natural" means "no warming is artificial." It's like claiming at your murder trial that someone's death was natural, so therefore humans can't cause other humans to die. Talk about grasping at straws!

1 Mole = 25 Cagey Bees

Working...