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Comment Re:The Founder (Score 1) 337

Well now that is a cogent and reasonable argument, thank you.

However, you didn't cite any source to the claim that the Weather Channel has climate scientists on staff, or what their credentials or peer-reviewed papers may have been or said. The Post article (hit piece, really, but that's expected) quotes the current CEO of TWC, David Kenny, provides some glowing praise of his staff, but it's just an attempt to distance the company from Coleman's statements (might be bad for business). There is nothing there that justifies TWC or their meteorologists (and, yes, "people that look good on TV") as authorities on climate change.

Comment Re:The Founder (Score 1) 337

Nope. They are both meteorologists. Both backed by meteorological science. You can argue that Coleman has more experience and credentials in the field than the younger meteorologists working for the weather center. But that's it. You accept both as an authority or neither.

To only accept one as an authority and not the other is nothing but confirmation bias on your part.

Sort of like the confirmation bias that immediately buried my comments regarding this hypocrisy.

Comment I hate to say it (Score 1) 149

but this is what we get for abandoning the blue collar working class. I can't tell you the number of techies who laughed and derided the blue collar guys for not retraining when their factory jobs were shipped to Mexico in the wake of NAFTA. A lot of those folks went to the poll for Trump and a lot who didn't stayed home instead of throwing in for Hilary....

The working class has lost solidarity. And without that we're getting picked apart.

Comment Re:The Founder (Score -1) 337

So you make a case that a _reporter_ of weather is a climate sceptic and dismiss all the _researchers_ of weather and climate that says otherwise. I cannot see why we should listen to John Coleman based on his credentials.

Then why are you listening to the Weather Channel, which has credentials even less impressive than John Coleman. That's the point. What makes the less experienced meteorologists at the Weather Channel a better authority than the more experienced and awarded meteorologist that founded it?

Comment Re:Once truth gasps its last breath... (Score 4, Interesting) 337

then our democracy truly is dead. We aren't there yet. I still have hope, but any government that relies on propaganda to gain and hold power is the opposite of a democracy, and that is the road we are traveling toward.

"Traveling toward"? Really? Take a look in the rear view mirror, buddy, that fork in the road is WAY back behind you. You've been on the road for a LONG time!

Comment The Founder (Score -1) 337

It's funny because John Coleman, the co-founder of the Weather Channel, and winner of the American Meteorological -- that's a tough one -- Meteorological Society's award for broadcast meteorologist of the year spent more than 60 years reporting on the weather, and he is incensed that the station he started has decided to use it's platform for spreading propaganda about global warming.

He was so upset about the claims of manmade global warming that he wrote a letter to the UCLA's Hammer Museum for their forum that was called Tackling Climate Change. He said "You don't have both sides represented, and I'm here to tell you that manmade global climate change is a myth."

A few choice quotes from John Coleman:

You know, a climate skeptic can rarely get on TV, ever since Al Gore made it a plank of the Democratic Party. This is a tough go for people who don't believe in climate change. A lot study on this.

Well, it's very difficult for anybody to be against it [manmade climate change] because the media has told the nation over and over again, day after day for 20 years that the oceans are rising, the polar bears are dying, the sea -- the ice is melting, the storms are going to sweep the earth and that we're all gonna die of a heat wave. I mean, this is an incredible bad, bad science.

There are 9,000 PhDs and 31 scientists who have signed the petition that says [CO2] is not a significant greenhouse gas. Oh, it's small itsy bitsy but in greenhouse gas but it's not in any ways significant. And we are sure of it. It's not like, something I made up or just thought of. I've studied and studied and studied. And Roger Revelle, the great scientist who wrote that paper back in 1957 with Hans Suess changed his mind a decade later and said, Wait a minute, I think we were wrong. Don't anybody panic. I don't think there's any global warming." And that's when Al Gore said he was senile.

Al Gore had one class in science. Roger Revelle taught it to him. He got a D and yet he's made a billion dollars off to climate change. Shame on you Al Gore.

The sky is falling. ‘Climate Change’ is running wild and disaster is certain unless we immediately stop burning coal and oil and move quickly to ‘green energy’ to eliminate use of fossil fuels. Heat waves, huge floods, powerful storms, droughts and rising seas are on the verge of killing millions of us and destroying our civilization. That is my summary of the new Federal Assessment of Climate Change issued by a Obama administration team of more than 300 specialists guided by a 60-member federal advisory committee produced the report I am deeply disturbed to have to suffer through this total distortion of the data and agenda driven, destructive episode of bad science gone berserk.

So the Weather Channel is upset that Breitbart is using it's video - AFTER PAYING FOR IT - to illustrate his stories. And the founder of the Weather Channel is upset that the media network he created is being used for things HE doesn't agree with.

Par for the course. And the usual suspects praise the Weather Channel for championing the AGW catechism, but they are no more of an authority on the issue than the very founder of that channel, who is excoriated for having an opinion.

Comment Re:Thanks, Trump! (Score 1) 158

I've also wondered if the whole smart device thing could end up being a net bonus -- for example, during the cheap hours, freezers/electric water heaters/dishwashers/etc. could do their thing. Most of this could of course be done with a simple timer,

You are only a few decades behind the times.

It's been common for decades in the UK for appliances to have delay timers. In the USA, appliances with delay timers are available.

In California, you can get better electricity rates if you hook up your AC controller to a service which will turn it off for some time when demand peaks.

In the UK, they have house heating systems that store heat at night and release it during the day. Again, these have been available for decades. Gas provides a cheaper energy source, so this type of heating is usually only found in houses that don't have mains gas connections.

Comment Re:Absolute Green Propaganda (Score 1) 158

solar panes and wind turbines will NEVER wear out way faster than they'll ever make their money back,

You are the fanatic. you are the one who needs education.

You are wrong. The idea that wind and solar never pay back is just one of the fossil fuel lobby's lies about renewables. The idea that wind and solar don't provide cost-effective sources of energy is ridiculous. Yes, it's taken some time to get there, but we have arrived. Coal is dying because it's too expensive.

I hope the Koch brothers pay you well for pushing their agenda with your propaganda. Otherwise, you really are wasting your time.

Comment Re:Indulgences (Score 1) 158

But power in Los Angeles is a totally different system from the power in Portland

Wrong:

All of the electric utilities in the Western Interconnection are electrically tied together during normal system conditions and operate at a synchronized frequency of 60 Hz. The Western Interconnection stretches from Western Canada south to Baja California in Mexico, reaching eastward over the Rockies to the Great Plains.

There are basically 3 grids in the USA: Western, Eastern and Texas.

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