Saturday, March 16, 2013

Miscellaneous 170

1) According to acclaimed physicist, Freeman Dyson, the climate of the planet 6,000 years ago was significantly warmer and wetter than it is today (the Sahara desert included). You'd think that that might be something worth considering prior to us going full-boar and wrecking the entire western economy.............2) Yes, Brazil and Indonesia are producing a lot of ethanol and other bio-fuels. But they're also devastating the rain forest and pushing up the cost of food while doing it....Green shmeen.............3) According to a new study from Stanford University, ethanol may actually be making the air dirtier than gasoline and diesel (they agree with the National Academy of Sciences, in other words). My solution? Hm, how 'bout we stop making Iowa the very first pimping station on the road to the White House? Yeah? Maybe?............4) According to the Cato Institute's Jerry Taylor, it basically takes as much energy to create ethanol as you derive from using the finished product; a net energy balance of at or near zero....Gee, I wonder why the west had to subsidize and mandate the shit.............5) According to a new study from the University of Minnesota, even if we set aside ALL of our corn crop for ethanol, that would only reduce our overall oil consumption by 12%. Rotsa ruck, in other words.

5 comments:

dmarks said...

Will: You might want to check out my comment on this post at Rational Nation once Les approves it. It is the one that refers to your letter to Obama.

Will "take no prisoners" Hart said...

Thanks for the shout-out. Yeah, I've definitely gone from agnostic to skeptic on this one and green isn't necessarily green.......Unless, of course, you're a rich farmer, G.E., or Archer Daniels Midland. Those folks are obviously making lots of green.

Rational Nation USA said...

As it always seems to be. Green follows green.

Will "take no prisoners" Hart said...

Yeah, ADM is literally making money hand over fist with ethanol. That, and politicians from both parties are enabling it.

dmarks said...

I used to think that there wasn't really any climate-change skepticism at all. just an illusion of such created by Rush Limbaugh and a tiny handful of so-called scientists all on the payroll of Big Oil.

At least, that is what most media (which are dominated by the Left) had told me.

Now that I know the facts, the pro-global-warming community is looking more and more like the Vatican in 1615.