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btresist replied to the Atheist Fools board. 1:59 PM

Re: Kick Gas

And the raw numbers of people driving have been going up as well. That's the point - only a very small proportion of people end up using mass transit, in low density cities, no matter how good the transit is.

Well my point is that the [more]

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btresist replied to the Atheist Fools board. 9:31 AM

Re: Kick Gas

Portland, meanwhile, has invested a lot of money on mass transit in the last decade and a half, opening four rail and light-rail lines - with negligible effect on transit:

But also keep in mind that Portland's population has been [more]

Mon Sep 29

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btresist replied to the Atheist Fools board. 1:53 PM

Re: Kick Gas

Just because there is sufficient demand for an expensive good to create a market for it does not mean you could create it more cheaply. So while there is demand for opera - enough to create a market for it - the price is still a function of how [more]

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btresist replied to the Atheist Fools board. 11:44 AM

Re: Kick Gas

The dense urban form is more expensive per square foot to build. Not because of demand, but because it cost more to build vertical than horizontal. It costs more to build in a city than it does in the suburbs - independent of land costs. [more]

Sun Sep 28

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btresist replied to the Atheist Fools board. 9:55 PM

Re: Kick Gas

The difference in price is due also to the fact that it costs much more to construct. That's the basis for the opera analogy - opera doesn't cost more because more people demand opera, it costs more because it is a live performance and thus has a [more]

Sat Sep 27

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btresist replied to the Atheist Fools board. 3:56 PM

Re: Kick Gas

What appears to be going on is that people want more transit so that other people will use it, and not because they want to start getting around by transit.

That's a bit cynical. I think it says that people strongly favor public [more]

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btresist replied to the Climate Change board. 8:25 AM

Re: Predictions

40 years from now a trillion dollars will be cheap.

Not after the China financial collapse in the 2020s. Be helpful if read entire post before commenting.

Fri Sep 26

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btresist replied to the Climate Change board. 10:02 PM

Re: Predictions

40 years from now:

-Large portions of Miami and other coastal cities will be abandoned to rising oceans.

-A Trillion dollar international effort will be underway to actively remove CO2 from the atmosphere.

-Drug resistant [more]

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btresist replied to the Atheist Fools board. 2:24 PM

Re: Kick Gas

there's a far simpler option - just don't make those downtowns any bigger.

It is only simpler if land is cheap and urban sprawl is acceptable. Are LA and Houston what Austin, Charlotte, and San Antonio want to become? I doubt [more]

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btresist replied to the Climate Change board. 10:29 AM

Re: Temps & CO2 leads/lags

Humlum et al. looked at various lags...with changes in CO2 always lagging changes in temperature.

The problem with Humlum et al. is the odd methodology. Again want to emphasize that this is outside my expertise. I know genetics, not [more]

Thu Sep 25

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btresist replied to the Climate Change board. 6:03 PM

Re: Arctic Sea Ice Extent Highest In Nine Years

Here is a summary for the Medieval Warm Period: with link to two denier blogs.

The best Medieval Warm Period (MWP) study I've see is one that compared continental temperature profiles over the past 2000 years. This was done using a [more]

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btresist replied to the Atheist Fools board. 3:24 PM

Re: Kick Gas

And it doesn't address the main point we've been talking about, that you can't glom on a transit system into a low density city.

Problem is there are also limits as to how many roads you can build. It's been awhile since LA's last new [more]

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btresist replied to the Climate Change board. 1:13 PM

Re: Arctic Sea Ice Extent Highest In Nine Years

As can be seen the numbers are both negative and positive (-0.028 to +0.035).

Note that the two 30 year periods that you found with a negative correlation (is that an r-value?) are associated with major volcanoes. 1881-1910 spanned [more]

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btresist replied to the Climate Change board. 9:54 AM

Re: Arctic Sea Ice Extent Highest In Nine Years

Ajax: "Is there any doubt anywhere that the Global Warming of the Medieval, the Roman and Minoan Periods occurred without rising levels of CO2?"

There is doubt as to whether the warming during those time periods was [more]

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btresist replied to the Climate Change board. 8:23 AM

Re: Arctic Sea Ice Extent Highest In Nine Years

The issue is one of carbon dioxide measurements; they are hard to find prior to the mid-50s. Do you know of a source?

Go to http://berkeleyearth.org/summary-of-findings . At [more]

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btresist replied to the Climate Change board. 8:13 AM

Re: Arctic Sea Ice Extent Highest In Nine Years

The warming started around 1600. Why not start there?

Well, lets take a look at the BerkeleyEarth data in a graph that more clearly shows the uncertainties of the temperature measurements: [more]

Wed Sep 24

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btresist replied to the Climate Change board. 5:50 PM

Re: Arctic Sea Ice Extent Highest In Nine Years

Most important, they do not even have a correlation between CO2 and Temperature

Well once again, here is the Berkeley earth data [more]

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btresist replied to the Atheist Fools board. 5:37 PM

Re: Kick Gas

I, frankly, don't know a single one.
Well...I take that back. I do know a single one.
But for every one who does, I betcha there are 100 that don't.


We are all biased by our anectdotal experiences. I've lived in enough cities [more]

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btresist replied to the Atheist Fools board. 5:28 PM

Re: Kick Gas

I'm arguing that one of the things that is necessary for a city to be designed for public transportation is that the city have a sufficiently high population density to support public transportation.

Sure, but why are U.S. cities of [more]

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btresist replied to the Atheist Fools board. 1:58 PM

Re: Kick Gas

And yet they drive. Even though there is an alternative - even though transit has been built in their area - they choose not to ride it, which was my point at the top of the thread.

I think you are putting the cart before the horse. [more]

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