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btresist posted to the Climate Change board. 9:39 AM

On sensitivity

Folks here post a lot of links to a lot of info, but feel seem to take the time to actually think about what all that data means. Take for example all this interest in apparent changes in climate sensitivity.

I think we can all agree that [more]

Thu Oct 16

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btresist replied to the Climate Change board. 2:04 PM

Re: Global Warming Statistical Meltdown

Every time you revise Climate Sensitivity downwards you need to remember that 0.0 C° is not only possible but very probable.

Heh, heh, you gotta love that logic.

In any case, I want to sincerely thank you for alerting [more]

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btresist replied to the Atheist Fools board. 12:33 PM

Re: 2nd ebola health worker

Ebola is considered a level 4 biohazard - you don't work in laboratories with level 4 biohazards with your face uncovered and some medical tape to protect the skin on your neck - you wear pressure suits.

There are different [more]

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btresist replied to the Climate Change board. 8:41 AM

Re: Global Warming Statistical Meltdown

From the Judith Curry op-ed in WSJ http://judithcurry.com/2014/10/09/my-op-ed-in-the-wall-stree......

Curry describes the IPCC estimate: The IPCC’s latest report [more]

Wed Oct 15

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btresist replied to the Atheist Fools board. 4:09 PM

Re: 2nd ebola health worker

I also don't like the implication that nurses are just clutzes that have no ability to wash hands or wear gloves. My mother is a nurse practitioner and has been a nurse for almost 50yrs. I know how nurses think and to have THREE of them get sick, [more]

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btresist replied to the Atheist Fools board. 3:28 PM

Re: 2nd ebola health worker

Yep. And, another worker that was using safety gear.

According to the nurses union, there is some question as to whether the proper protocols were known by the staff treating the Ebola patient, let alone whether the protocols were [more]

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btresist replied to the Climate Change board. 3:15 PM

Re: Dependency ratio...

surely the metric is meaningless without accounting for whether those of working age are actually working and produce in excess of their own needs.

Geez, you engineering types take everything so literally, like talking to a lawyer. [more]

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btresist posted to the Climate Change board. 11:53 AM

Dependency ratio...

...is something one doesn't hear much about but seems pretty important when projecting economic growth and carbon emissions. It is a metric where the total of young and old dependents is divided by the number of working age folks.

This [more]

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btresist replied to the Climate Change board. 10:57 AM

Re: Energy storage by 2023

Sorry about WSJ subscription block. Here is another link describing wind storage project: [more]

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btresist posted to the Climate Change board. 9:51 AM

Energy storage by 2023

Here is a private industry proposal to power Los Angeles with wind energy and compressed air storage using existing technology.

Under the plan proposed on Tuesday, Pathfinder Renewable Wind Energy would build and operate a $4 billion wind [more]

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btresist replied to the Climate Change board. 9:43 AM

Re: How would you invest energy research $$?

I don't think it is efficient for government bureaucrats to try to pick technological "winners". I would divide the money into categories based on "years from application" with awards based on merit. For example:

40% for [more]

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btresist replied to the Climate Change board. 9:16 AM

Re: Keeping the Lights On

If we are very lucky some disruptive technology will come along that will render all this obsolete. If that happens we can all go dance in the streets. But we shouldn't bet the farm on it.

My view is that if we don't develop [more]

Tue Oct 14

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btresist replied to the Climate Change board. 3:36 PM

Re: Keeping the Lights On

I agree we can't rely on developing a new technology. It might happen, which would be great. But we can't count on it.

I don't think you have a choice. Not if the goal is carbon-zero. The existing technology won't get you there, not [more]

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btresist replied to the Climate Change board. 12:47 PM

Re: Keeping the Lights On

You are incorrect. VC Summer 2 and 3 are being built without federal loan guarantees. Watts Bar 2 is being finished without federal loan guarantees.

Wouldn't be a surprise to be wrong, but here is some supporting info. Vogtle [more]

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btresist replied to the Climate Change board. 8:52 AM

Re: Keeping the Lights On

It is the liberal left (OWS, unions, green movement, etc.) of this country that is opposed to nuclear power.

Why would conservatives, particularly those skeptical of AGW support nuclear power? Nuclear is the ultimate Big Government [more]

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btresist replied to the Climate Change board. 8:34 AM

Re: Keeping the Lights On

The contract is for 35 years, not 60 years.

Thanks for correction. 35 years is still a pretty long time, particularly when considering the rapid pace of technological change.

If £92.50/MWh is too high for nuclear [more]

Mon Oct 13

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btresist replied to the Atheist Fools board. 5:56 PM

Re: Ebola policies? How to ask?

If "human error" is creeping into a situation where the person knows that there's a decent chance that a mistake will be fatal, then perhaps additional protocols or protections might be in order.

Which might be necessary, [more]

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btresist replied to the Climate Change board. 5:38 PM

Re: Keeping the Lights On

The people in Britain have a problem because their existing nuclear plants are in need of replacement. They need to do something, and this Owen Paterson is taking a hard look at how to do it correctly.

Here is the problem. Consider [more]

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btresist replied to the Atheist Fools board. 5:12 PM

Re: Ebola policies? How to ask?

My point is that perhaps a "moon suit" is necessary. Everyone is ASSUMING that the garb the nurse had on is sufficient.

These are assumptions based on a great deal of experience. The CDC has dealt with Ebola before, as well [more]

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btresist replied to the Atheist Fools board. 11:32 AM

Re: Ebola policies? How to ask?

When a US nurse in full protective gear can become infected, I think we should suspect there is something we don't understand about infection modes.

Keep in mind though that the nurse was not in a "moon suit". She had on [more]

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