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Comment: Re:You don't bite the hand that feeds you (Score 1) 305

by riverat1 (#47366221) Attached to: How Often Do Economists Commit Misconduct?

From what I've heard Cuban on average have better health than Americans at a fraction of the cost. The may not have all the high tech we have in the US but the do a good job with what they have. I don't know about Venezuelans. But I was talking mostly about countries comparable to the US like Canada, most of Europe, Japan and Australia.

The Keystone XL pipeline would employ less that 50 people after it's built. It would provide maybe 5,000 or 6,000 jobs during construction. It's not that significant a job creator. The oil in that pipeline is set for export to other countries although it might be partially refined in Houston to make it easier to transport. Personally I think the Canadian tar sands production should be shut down. It's one of the dirtiest ways possible to get oil.

Comment: Re:What does it matter? (Score 1) 305

by riverat1 (#47366155) Attached to: How Often Do Economists Commit Misconduct?

"No warming" is overstating it. Surface temperatures certainly have slowed down compared to 1998 but that was an outlier year with an extreme El Nino. If you throw that outlier year out (or take the average between the preceding and following year) it still looks like warming. (Picking an outlier value to start your series with is commonly known as cherry picking.) On top of that you can't ignore the heat stored in the oceans and that hasn't slowed down at all.

So your "global warming is a hoax model" has 13 more years to go before it fits in standard climatology. We'll see what happens.

Comment: Re:So... how much did they spend to get this savin (Score 3, Insightful) 116

by riverat1 (#47365427) Attached to: Renewable Energy Saves Fortune 100 Companies $1.1B Annually

So if I spend 80k on a new car to save 1k a year in energy costs, is this a win too?

That depends on the difference in price between a non-energy saving car you might have bought and the energy saving car you might have bought. Same think with renewable energy. If you need some new source of energy to replace an old source that's worn out what's the cost difference between your various options vs. what you save in production costs after it's installed.

Comment: Re:One's "god's will" the other isn't (Score 1) 1330

by riverat1 (#47365077) Attached to: U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

Fetus may have the right to life or not, but it does not have the right to use another person's body in order to survive without that person's consent.

That's where I come down on the argument too. Until the fetus is capable of surviving on its own outside of the pregnant woman's body then only she has the right to determine its fate.

Comment: Re:Climate Science (Score 1) 305

by riverat1 (#47363945) Attached to: How Often Do Economists Commit Misconduct?

When scientists discover a problem with the data it has to be fixed or thrown out. To take the recent example of the Lulling, Texas station it was discovered that a bad data cable was causing the readings to be low. They estimated the values for Lulling by taking the readings from other nearby stations and comparing them to Lulling when it produced good data. From that the estimated what the real values would have been. That's not as good as the real values would have been but it's the best we can do under the circumstances.

Comment: Re: That proves it (Score 1) 567

by riverat1 (#47360745) Attached to: Swedish Farmers Have Doubts About Climatologists and Climate Change

Somebody with CEO-level income will have home, car, and office climate-controlled for comfort, and will be even less annoyed if food prices double.

I said in the long run. If the effects of global warming cause our civilization to break down people will have other things to worry about than providing wealthy people with the amenities.

Comment: Re:What does it matter? (Score 1) 305

by riverat1 (#47360687) Attached to: How Often Do Economists Commit Misconduct?

Uncertainties are always mentioned in the scientific papers. They are often left out in main stream journalism in the interest of simplifying the reporting.

What are your expectations base on?

Accurately modeling climate phenomena over the next few decades.

That's a non-answer. The answer has to be based on the physical limitations of the field you are studying.

Computers can figure out all kinds of problems, except the things in the world that just don't add up.

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