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Comment: Re:Someone explain the problem with these bills? (Score 1) 243

by riverat1 (#49186699) Attached to: White House Threatens Veto Over EPA "Secret Science" Bills

Most of what the EPA is citing is stuff from AGW studies... why would you have a problem with sources being disclosed and data being reproducible?

Can you cite an instance where that isn't the case already? As far as I can see it's all based on openly published peer reviewed science although you may have to go through an additional layer like the IPCC WG1 report to get to the original source.

Comment: Re:Lots of weird crap coming out of Congress latel (Score 1) 243

by riverat1 (#49186573) Attached to: White House Threatens Veto Over EPA "Secret Science" Bills

It requires a regulating body to base their decisions on public data. That means data must be opened to the public AND they aren't allowed to pass regulations that go against sound science.

I'd like you to point out at least a couple of instances where that isn't true of the EPA's findings already.

But go ahead - tell me how global warming is a hoax perpetrated by a conspiracy of thousands of scientists around the world for political reasons. [snicker]

Comment: Re:Lots of weird crap coming out of Congress latel (Score 5, Informative) 243

by riverat1 (#49185431) Attached to: White House Threatens Veto Over EPA "Secret Science" Bills

What's weird about making the data from scientific studies publically available? Frankly, I think the data from all government funded research should be public domain.

This whole flap arose over some studies from Harvard medical school where the population being studied were told their identity would be protected. Some Republican Congressmen when holding a hearing about proposed EPA regulations based on the study asked for specific information that could lead to the identification of individual participants and the researchers refused to provide it. Apparently the collective statistics provided by the study were not good enough for them.

So what's more important, the desires of Congress or the privacy of the individuals who participated in the study?

Comment: Re:Last straw? (Score 1) 524

The reason we have ISIS is that we were in such a rush to leave IRAQ we didn't bother to finish stabilizing the situation.

We could be there 50 years and still have no hope of stabilizing the situation (maybe if we just installed another dictator like Saddam). Stabilizing is not something we can impose but is something they'll have to work out internally.

Comment: Re:Let it happen (Score 1) 340

by riverat1 (#49165943) Attached to: We Stopped At Two Nuclear Bombs; We Can Stop At Two Degrees.

Ah... You apparently believe that climate scientists are "cooking" the numbers for nefarious reasons. The reasons and methods for the adjustments are all out in the open although it takes some scientific knowledge to understand them. Here is an explanation from Berkeley Earth about their data set and filtering. Everything they do there is out in the open.

So I await your scientifically based reasons not to accept the current adjusted temperature data sets.

Comment: Re:It's funny (Score 1) 340

by riverat1 (#49161093) Attached to: We Stopped At Two Nuclear Bombs; We Can Stop At Two Degrees.

Because news organizations think the error bars are too confusing for regular people. They're probably right. But the probabilities of 2014 being the hottest year were mentioned prominently in the joint NOAA/NASA press conference on the subject. Here are the graphics from that press conference. See page 5.

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