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Comment: Re:Thing is, we know what we have to do (Score 1) 129

by khallow (#47768379) Attached to: Climate Scientist Pioneer Talks About the Furture of Geoengineering

I did say removing tax exemptions and subsidies for fossil fuels.

Well, that gets into a new area of debate. Most of the parties which pay subsidies for oil are OPEC countries which have little interest in stopping such payments. In comparison, your average developed world country just isn't kicking that much out in subsidy. Most of the remaining subsidies are of the sort given to similar industries (such as the accelerated depreciation schedule given to resource extract industries, for example). I include the US military-industrial complex in that - which is really a subsidy for defense rent-seekers than oil producers.

Then there are the fantasy numbers attached to the alleged environmental harm of petroleum. Sure, if oil really did have a huge global warming externality attached to it, then yes, you could reasonably consider that akin to subsidy.

I don't consider complaints about petroleum subsidies very serious, when they ignore both that much of the alleged subsidies are either outside the control of the country they reside in or imaginary.

Comment: Re:Ah good, the most important point addressed (Score 1) 129

by khallow (#47768221) Attached to: Climate Scientist Pioneer Talks About the Furture of Geoengineering

No point having a nicer climate for a little while as we set the stage for an oceanic mass extinction.

Because we have nothing better to do? Like keep a few billion people from starving to death? Or managing an industrial civilization through a difficult time for a few centuries? Or merely to have a nicer place to live?

There's plenty of reasons to have a nicer climate, even if you choose not to recognize those reasons.

Comment: Re:Kochs will ruin capitalism by short sighted gre (Score 1) 479

by khallow (#47768107) Attached to: Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

No, investment implies a CHANCE to positive return.

Not different enough to matter for this discussion.

That's not going to pay the bills especially when you have a better funded opposition playing the same game.

...and here you are, attributing so much to the mystical power of money. Amusing.

It's a context-based argument. Even if you happen to have a viewpoint that puts undue emphasis on the power of money, you have to explain why the Koch brothers' money goes so far, but not money spent by various governments and NGOs.

Comment: Re:Kochs will ruin capitalism by short sighted gre (Score 1) 479

by khallow (#47764305) Attached to: Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group
Investment implies positive return - getting more out than you put in. All I see here is vague talk about how the Koch brothers are gaining "political power". That's not going to pay the bills especially when you have a better funded opposition playing the same game.

Comment: Re:Time to relocate? (Score 1) 88

by khallow (#47761111) Attached to: Western US Drought Has Made Earth's Crust Rise

You find pictures and videos of the said floods, hurricanes and so on, dead and displaced people and comparisons made by scientists to be inadmissible as evidence?

Of course, I find them inadmissible. You should too. Storms and such will continue to happen even if they are growing less frequent rather than more frequent. Evidence distinguishes between theories. The above information doesn't do that.

OTOH, "comparisons made by scientists" is so profound nebulous and unscientific a term, that it doesn't even qualify as information. I can find "comparisons made by scientists" to "prove" a huge variety of conspiracy theories or pseudoscience theories. That's in fact a standard tool of the trade to add a veneer of authority to all sorts of crazy assertions.

Comment: Re:Time to relocate? (Score 1) 88

by khallow (#47756287) Attached to: Western US Drought Has Made Earth's Crust Rise
I just happened across an interesting study that backs my earlier assertions. From the "executive summary":

Aggregate mortality attributed to all extreme weather events globally has declined by more than 90% since the 1920s, in spite of a four - fold rise in population and much more complete reporting of such events.

Comment: Re:Kochs will ruin capitalism by short sighted gre (Score 1) 479

by khallow (#47756253) Attached to: Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

As extractive industries they want to buy protection from other advocates with environmental views by starving them out of the discussion!

Even if we supposed that all it took to "starve" someone out of a public debate was to spend enough money, the Koch brothers aren't even remotely close to spending the kind of money that would take. They're just relatively wealthy billionaires, not god-emperors with an iron-bound oil monopoly to fund their every whim.

I think a silly aspect of this discussion is the attribution of so much mythical power to money. It misses an obvious problem. If you spend money to steer the discussion and your wealth decreases as a result, then you've lost money and hence, lost that power. There are other forms of power that don't diminish in their use, such as military power or political power.

Comment: Re:Time to relocate? (Score 1) 88

by khallow (#47755979) Attached to: Western US Drought Has Made Earth's Crust Rise

We already know that there are more catastrophic floods such as recent ones in Central Europe, more extreme winds such as typhoons and hurricanes and so on, and those that appear are getting more powerful.

We and in particular you don't actually know such a thing. There has to be evidence of this first before there can be knowledge.

Comment: Re:Time to relocate? (Score 1) 88

by khallow (#47752925) Attached to: Western US Drought Has Made Earth's Crust Rise
You wrote:

Catastrophies are increasing on global scale as well

I was merely responding to that. What is "global scale" referring to then? Also, since I'm at it, I don't see any evidence of any increase in catastrophes. To the contrary, I see evidence of substantial declines in catastrophes and body counts when those catastrophes occur. A modern emergency/disaster response works wonders in reducing the occurrence and severity of catastrophes.

Comment: Re:Time to relocate? (Score 1) 88

by khallow (#47748625) Attached to: Western US Drought Has Made Earth's Crust Rise

Infrastructure outside large cities an major pathways is still in a bad shape.

But that was never in good shape. You aren't going to pack thousands of people per square km in the countryside.

Catastrophies are increasing on global scale as well, as they are not localized so a single region.

Do you actually have an example of a global catastrophe? Zero is not an increase over zero.

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