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Comment Re:Show us the data (Score 1) 379

Your neurosis, in the absence of any facts, does not trump an analysis by Bloomberg.

I already mentioned several facts. The first fact is that words are not actions. Just because someone says they did something, doesn't mean they actually did.

Second, the subsidies and distortions of the market are profound in the two countries they studied, the UK and Germany. Germany in particular has double the usual European mean electricity prices while still having times where they're paying others to get rid of their excess electricity. Third, think about it. Why did they choose two of the more heavily subsidized countries as their examples and then claim that the subsidies weren't really that relevant? Why not use an example where the distortions aren't so severe? They could have chosen examples that didn't have huge subsidies that would have to be filtered out. That's fact three.

To use a car analogy, this is like a couple of cars in a traditional car race, packed with all sorts of illegal performance-boosting technology and then someone deciding they should be allowed to keep their prizes because they would have won anyway. The obvious rebuttal here is that if the racers were such clear winners, then they wouldn't have needed to break the rules.

In a similar fashion, if renewable really is better than fossil fuels, then we should be seeing the replacement of fossil fuels with renewables in the markets where there aren't massive subsidies and other advantages. Instead, we don't. I guess that's fact four.

Comment Re:Show us the data (Score 0, Troll) 379

It looks like that's exactly what they've done:

The problem with that sort of report is that just because they say they've done something doesn't mean that they actually have. I think I'll take this sort of thing more seriously when countries without massive renewable energy subsidies start throwing up lots of renewable energy.

I think it's a shell game like a lot of scam magic power generators. They cherry picked a few of the most extreme cases where a huge part of the costs are hidden from us and telling us that they've done the magic calculations which show that these hidden parts aren't sufficiently large to skew their claims. It's like a perpetual motion machine or a zero point energy machine where all the testing (and of course, the shenanigans) goes on in some locked room that no one can get near.

I don't buy it and neither should you. Wind and solar power just aren't that good (yet) in places that don't have these ridiculous confounding factors. The physics and economics aren't magically different.

Comment Re:Was there any doubt? (Score 1) 139

Humans are also unusual in that they shit where they eat.

Never been around herd animals, I see. And yes, I can see a case for thinking of this many humans in terms of herd animals.

But really every animal does stuff along these lines. I think it's foolish to think that any other animal carrying out a technological civilization with radical abilities to manipulate their environment won't sooner or later run into these problems.

Comment Re:Proof that you don't want govt spending your mo (Score 1) 233

That said, even though khallow is correct, he still loses, because if he is correct, then he is just as screwed as everybody else.

And just as not screwed. If I were to assert that the Koch brothers or Soros are equivalent to Nobel-level physicists because they are rich, I'd be laughed off of the internet again. But somehow it's ok to suppose that they're spooky good propagandists.

I really don't see that. I think the lot of them are throwing money on a bonfire. Turns out that I don't really think much of the value of their public goods either.

Comment Re:Proof that you don't want govt spending your mo (Score 1) 233

Please name ONE *public good* that Soros/Koch has given the country.

Their political advocacy for starters. For example, they have funded quite a number of NGOs. Now, it sounds like you might disagree with them on the value of those public goods, but so would a number of people disagree with those ancient wealthy Athenians on the value of their respective public goods too.

Comment Re:Proof that you don't want govt spending your mo (Score 0) 233

Imagine Soros and the Koch brothers and all the wealthy of either party building and equipping their own aircraft carriers at their own expense as a public benefit. Imagine the same people sponsoring ad-free television channels to keep people entertained as a public benefit.

And they do. You wouldn't hear about Soros and the Koch brothers otherwise. They just didn't consult you first on what they should be spending their money on any more than those ancient Greeks did.

Comment Re: Ban ALL NUKES NOW (Score 1) 139

but are *you* willing to talk face-to-face to the families of the victims of these incidents when they occur and explain why Nuclear energy was the right choice while their relatives skin is melting off their bodies?

I'll just note here that no one has had to do that yet due to the (no doubt peculiar) lack of victims with melting skin, So I doubt I'd have to leave my fortress of solitude the next time a TMI or Fukushima happens due to the continued absence of skin melting.

Comment Re:Was there any doubt? (Score 1) 139

Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment but you humans do not.

Cool quote bro, but in reality lots of mammal species don't live in equilibrium with their environment. They just die off a lot when the food goes away. Which is what humans do too when that happens. BUT humans are unusual in being able to radically alter their environments through agriculture and urbanization to allow many more humans to survive.

Comment Re:Because the drone is smart small light (Score 1) 184

I'd prefer to leave drone as a strictly autonomous thing as the name implies (to my mind, at least).

You can do that, if you like. But it's worth noting that "drone" as used elsewhere implies a significant lack of autonomy, such as a male social insect whose sole purpose is to breed with prospective queens or someone with a slavish devotion to a bureaucracy or ideology.

Comment Re:How patriotic! Criminalizing decent (Score 1) 737

No, it is relevant. You aren't a court of law either, nor are you an organization with stated intent to meet a standard of impartiality and supporting evidence for claims made. So any assertions or semantic observation from another entity that does more than you is a sufficient response to yours. Wikipedia fits the bill.

Doesn't mean anything to just assert shit. I read the Wikipedia article and it just doesn't back you up. The "allegedly" section is just Wikipedia's natural caution against making claims that can't be backed up with citable evidence - as I already noted. It has nothing to do with the actual legal environment of the lawsuits mentioned by Wikipedia.

So? My point is there are measures in place to combat abuse.

And one of the most important of these measures is that these procedures only get used when there's a sufficiently level of evidence to support the allegations.

You suppose wrong. As above, my point is just that there are measures in place to combat abuse. I'm not here to argue what is better for progress or not. That might be the other guy.

I don't buy it. If RICO gets used as in this case to silence political opposition, then the measures have failed. The US's First Amendment provides a huge amount of protection to political speech, including outright lies. RICO was intended for fighting 1970s-era organized crime not settling political debates in the courtroom.

Finally, as I had warned earlier, when someone proposes a nuclear option like RICO, then there is blowback. The summary of that post is that the first signer and primary backer of the RICO letter, a Jagdish Shukla from George Mason University, happens to have a sweet deal via their own personal non-profit with the National Science Foundation and other US government agencies to the tune of many millions of dollars a year. And they've been raking hundreds of thousands off the top for a very oversized salary.

Four other people who signed the letter also share in this largess to some degree. And there's likely some contrivance on the NSF side (and perhaps other government agencies as well) which helped create the current funding situation. If we're using RICO to punish our enemies, then this will be a huge and inviting target that could taint, not only most of the signees of the RICO letter, but various government agencies. Thus, once again, there are consequences to advocating stupid bullshit that can be used against you.

Comment Re:How patriotic! Criminalizing decent (Score 1) 737

Alternatively, climate scientists are getting real tired of being publicly maligned, and want some investigation to see if there's a massive conspiracy behind that.

I keep thinking about the cluelessness behind your statement. It's been four weeks and the letter in question has been pulled. Why? Maybe because the guy who was hosting the letter and who is the first signature on that latter, a Jagdish Shukla, realized he was going to be investigated as a result.

Roger Pielke Jr recently made the remarkable discovery that, in addition to his university salary from George Mason University (reported by Pielke as $250,000), Jagadish Shukla, the leader of the #RICO20, together with his wife, had received a further $500,000 more in 2014 alone from federal climate grants funnelled through a Shukla-controlled âoenon-profitâ (Institute for Global Environment and Security, Inc.), yielding total income in 2014 of approximately $750,000.

Actually, the numbers are even worse than Pielke thought.

  • Pielke had quoted Shuklaâ(TM)s 2013 university salary, but his university salary had increased more than 25% between 2013 and 2014: from $250,816 in 2013 to $314,000 in 2014.
  • In addition, the âoenon-profitâ organization had also employed one of Shuklaâ(TM)s children (not reported, but say $90,000); and,
  • IGES transferred $100,000 from its climate grants to a second corporation controlled by the Shukla family (the Institute for Global Education Equality of Opportunity and Prosperity, Inc.), which in turn transferred $100,000 to an educational charity in Shuklaâ(TM)s home town in India, doubtless a worthy charity, but one that Shukla could have supported from his own already generous stipend.

If the Pandora's box of RICO gets opened, it'll be interesting to see how many of the people who signed this particular letter will become RICO targets. (perhaps under the charge of conspiracy to defraud the public of tens of millions of dollars in research funding over a twenty year period?)

Five other George Mason employees were RICO20 signatories, four of whom are long-time Shukla associates: Dirmeyer, Straus, Paul Schopf and Barry Klinger. (Itâ(TM)s interesting that James Kinter didnâ(TM)t sign it.) The other George Mason RICO 20 signatory, Edward Maibach, is in some sort of climate communications and, together with Heidi Cullen, holds a $2,998,178 grant from NSF. Many of the other RICO20 signatories had previous associations with IGES. Kevin Trenberth and Mike Wallace had both been on its âoeScience Advisory Committeeâ in the past. Nearly all of the RICO20 signatories, including Trenbeth andWallace, attended a large symposium in April 2015 to honor Shukla â" see picture at link.

I recall when it was big news that a notorious Harvard professor, Willie Soon had received over a million dollars since 2001 to fund his research. Here, we have someone who has received tens of millions of dollars over a similar time period to fund his research and whose family has siphoned off somewhere around $600k in just 2014 from that funding. How come it's just fine when your side does it (despite being at least an order of magnitude larger in scale)?

There're reasons I think the current concern over AGW is in large part a scam. This easy money, which no one seems too concerned about, is a big reason why.

Work expands to fill the time available. -- Cyril Northcote Parkinson, "The Economist", 1955