Shane and I discuss our understanding of human activity’s effects on global climate. As two geeks not trained in climate science, but comfortable with complex systems, our approach is unique.
Unless you live under a rock, you have an opinion about whether or not man’s activity is causing a coming global catastrophe. Two recent films – Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth and The Great Global Warming Swindle have sparked a increasing number of heated discussions.
Shane and I wade headlong into the complex and often confusing subject and have our own kind of geeky discussion.
As you may remember, I am an atomic entrepreneur who is very interested in developing and selling atomic engines in the world market. It might appear that I have a vested interest in emphasizing the dangers of continuing to put CO2 into the atmosphere. My favorite source of power does very little of that. (I put a couple of links to a detailed studies below that attempt to show the emissions levels from a variety of energy sources including all construction, fuel production, and eventual decommissioning.)
However, I am interested in understanding and not willing to accept anyone’s “belief” system without question. Some of what is passing for climate science today has more in common with religious dogma than with facts, figures, and research. Any time people begin to be shouted down and subjected to ad hominem attacks for the simple affront of asking for data, I begin to get skeptical in reaction.
- VATTENFALL’S ELECTRICITY PRODUCTION SYSTEM -A QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE STUDY OF EMISSIONS OF GREENHOUSE GASES THROUGHOUT THE LIFE-CYCLE
- ExternE – Externalities of energy production, a study by the European Commission
- Energy subsidies and external costs
We would like to hear from you – what do you think about the controversy, its implications for near term policy changes, and its potential for significant disruption of the world’s economic power balance?