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btresist posted to the Climate Change board. 12:21 PM

Compromise is possible

The message is getting through at the grass-roots level

According to a poll from George Mason University...In a recent survey of Republicans and Republican-leaning Independents conducted by the Center for Climate Change Communication (4C) [more]

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btresist replied to the Climate Change board. 10:32 AM

Re: 2 deg - how the world failed on climate chan

The California Carbon taxes were supposed to be 'revenue neutral' and the money collected was supposed to go to reducing green house gases.

CA has a cap-trade system, not a tax. The effectiveness of a tax and its revenue-neutrality is [more]

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btresist replied to the Climate Change board. 8:32 AM

Re: 2 deg - how the world failed on climate chan

I am actually pretty moderate and open to ideas, if you can't win me over, you're not going to win conservatives over. You're not going to win them over until you understand how they think and then make a compromise along those [more]

Wed Apr 23

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btresist replied to the Atheist Fools board. 3:20 PM

Re: The discomfort of truth

There is zero evidence for the dualist position. and There is no evidence for a "non-physical" (which is what dualism asserts to exist).

I agree, but I don't find that a compelling argument since we define [more]

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btresist replied to the Climate Change board. 12:10 PM

Re: 2 deg - how the world failed on climate chan

I would like to ask all of the "skeptics" on this board to read and comment on this piece.

I'm not a skeptic but do have a comment. I think the situation sufficiently serious that conservationists need to compromise a bit. [more]

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btresist replied to the Atheist Fools board. 11:40 AM

Re: The discomfort of truth

Christians, on the other hand, are prohibited from believing in free will, because they believe in an omniscient god who knows the future.

Seems like a statement based on the physics of Newton. Not sure it is correct today. In a [more]

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btresist replied to the Atheist Fools board. 11:18 AM

Re: The discomfort of truth

Certainly, the question of "duality" has been rendered quaint. And pretty much moot.

Only because the dualists have essentially won the argument. Materialism explains reality only if the definition of what is [more]

Tue Apr 22

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btresist replied to the Climate Change board. 5:03 PM

Re: Bjorn Lomborg on the latest IPCC Report

This article paints a very different picture than that described by some here. What accounts for the difference? Are his numbers wrong?

The numbers are correct. The logic is a bit wanting though. What the numbers say is that it will [more]

Mon Apr 21

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btresist replied to the Atheist Fools board. 2:21 PM

Re: The discomfort of truth

I think the original question of free will is, not a scientific, but a philosophical one

That's because the original question was not presented as a testable scientific hypothesis. It is all about defining terms in ways that, at least [more]

Sat Apr 19

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btresist replied to the Climate Change board. 12:16 PM

Re: They're always wrong but still get airtime

I often point out the positives because it is the negatives that get more airtime, so to speak.

I'm sure that is sometimes true. You should also consider though that often times, one side gets the preponderance of attention because [more]

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btresist replied to the Climate Change board. 11:55 AM

Re: They're always wrong but still get airtime

Anyway, I would be more inclined to agree with you if China hadn't been the big part of the reason that Copenhagen broke down.

Copenhagen was 5 years ago and I agree that China then did not have the environment as a high priority. [more]

Fri Apr 18

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btresist replied to the Climate Change board. 2:05 PM

Re: They're always wrong but still get airtime

The governments of China and India may have very different ideas about what is "prudent" than the scientific community.

I guess. But the impact on GDP growth of having 20% of your arable land taken out of circulation for a [more]

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btresist posted to the Climate Change board. 1:36 PM

China syndrome

China made official what had longed been rumored, 20% of its arable land is contaminated by heavy metals. While perhaps not unexpected, it is still astonishing and suggests that China will have to begin importing a substantial amount of food in the [more]

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btresist replied to the Climate Change board. 1:11 PM

Re: They're always wrong but still get airtime

My point was that the decision on whether to spend on mitigation (and how much) has not been "answered" or "settled" by scientific analysis of the climate and its possible effects on humanity.

I think there is [more]

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btresist replied to the Climate Change board. 10:44 AM

Re: They're always wrong but still get airtime

My main point is one about adaptation, both human and other species. For example, the post about historical wheat cultivation shows that a century ago we grew the crop in quite different climates than we do now. The same will likely be true in the [more]

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btresist replied to the Climate Change board. 8:48 AM

Re: They're always wrong but still get airtime

I marvel at your ability to pull out all these abstracts, but for all the volume I am still puzzled by what point you are trying to make. I totally agree that life can adapt to a lot of things. I also agree with evolution. I will go on to say that [more]

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btresist replied to the Climate Change board. 8:21 AM

Re: They're always wrong but still get airtime

I had a longer reply, and TMF ate it - and with Albabybaby 2.0 getting up every morning at 4:30 to start his day, I lack the patience to rewrite it.

Congrats on the 2.0. I remember those days. My 2.0s are approaching the age of [more]

Thu Apr 17

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btresist replied to the Climate Change board. 5:26 PM

Re: They're always wrong but still get airtime

Farmers aren't dumb. If carbon dioxide levels quadrupled this century and temps went up in Illinois to match conditions in Louisiana then farmers in Illinois would follow planting patterns similar to those in Louisiana. This is called [more]

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btresist posted to the Climate Change board. 3:34 PM

The Richard Tol report

As everyone probably knows, Richard Tol resigned from the IPCC because he thought it was too alarmist. Tol contributes to the Copenhagen Consensus Center, which publishes some of his reports. They are pretty interesting. The Copenhange site is linked [more]

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btresist replied to the Climate Change board. 3:07 PM

Re: They're always wrong but still get airtime

No, that's not correct. Annual GDP consumption is reduced (relative to baseline) by 1.7%. That's an annual rate - the yearly income flow. The rate of growth of that flow is reduced by 0.06% annually - that's the second order rate. [more]

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