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Re: “Boulevard is making quark

Everyone can have an opinion. Not everyone can post on wikipedia. In earlier years it was easier to post on wikipedia. Some took advantage of this ease to post articles or to slant articles. This was detected and the rules were tightened. Wikipedia is currently the best single source of information about anything which can be accessed instantly. Good research can go beyond it to find more information. The original article by Natalie does not cite wikipedia. It is cited by a reader who did not spend as much time on the subject as the reporter did. Wikipedia articles are updated far faster than print articles.

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Posted by Robert W on 02/06/2012 at 1:47 AM

Re: “Global warming is real

Earth orbital changes seem to be a different time scale.

"The Earth's axis completes one full cycle of precession approximately every 26,000 years. At the same time the elliptical orbit rotates more slowly. The combined effect of the two precessions leads to a 21,000-year period between the seasons and the orbit. In addition, the angle between Earth's rotational axis and the normal to the plane of its orbit (obliquity) oscillates between 22.1 and 24.5 degrees on a 41,000-year cycle. It is currently 23.44 degrees and decreasing."

"Currently the Earth is tilted at 23.44 degrees from its orbital plane, roughly halfway between its extreme values. The tilt is in the decreasing phase of its cycle, and will reach its minimum value around the year 10,000 CE. This trend, by itself, tends to make winters warmer and summers colder with an overall cooling trend leading to an ice age, but the 20th century instrumental temperature record shows a sudden rise in global temperatures and a concurring glacial melt has led some to attribute recent changes to greenhouse gas emissions."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milankovitch_…

We cannot return the U. S. economy to the nineteenth century. The population is much larger. The increase in carbon dioxide emissions began with the burning of coal in steam engines for power.


Posted by Robert W on 12/17/2011 at 9:12 AM

Re: “Global warming is real

Comparing 10 day local weather predictions to long term climate predictions just shows elwood does not want to believe and will disregard logical argument which is what Lyons is saying in his article.

The comments by Thomas Pope are more rational. But he is still looking for reasons to deny what seems to be happening. "human activities now emit 150 times as much CO2 as volcanoes (whose emissions are relatively modest compared to some earlier times) -EPA. We are on a steep slope for carbon dioxide increase in our atmosphere caused by human activity. Our tribalism and the ability of a large segment of our society to ignore. This limits a concerted response.

But this is a global change. We need a global response. We do not need this tribalism.

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Posted by Robert W on 12/16/2011 at 7:47 AM

Re: “Gov. Beebe talks about the shale

My vocabulary is sufficiently large that I can express myself without using a common generic word for frustration.

There were water wells in the state which had natural gas leaking into them before exploitation of shales. There probably are more now. I would like to have the shale exploitation companies be required to reveal how many water wells they have ruined rather than the present state of affairs in which they sign nondisclosure agreements with individual well users.

Posted by Robert W on 05/12/2011 at 5:13 AM

Re: “Gov. Beebe talks about the shale

My vocabulary is sufficiently large that I can express myself without using a common generic word for frustration.

There were water wells in the state which had natural gas leaking into them before exploitation of shales. There probably are more now. I would like to have the shale exploitation companies be required to reveal how many water wells they have ruined rather than the present state of affairs in which they sign nondisclosure agreements with individual well users.

Posted by Robert W on 05/12/2011 at 5:12 AM

Re: “LR and the C of C: Figures lie, etc.

To speak of shoddily maintained Parks is a slur on hard working Parks employees who probably spend far too much time picking up trash left in the Parks. City Parks are understaffed and under financed. A lot of city park land is just not suited for urbanization, a mix of floodplain and steep rocky terrain. It is better left alone, a bit of nature in our midst.

Posted by Robert W on 12/16/2010 at 4:40 AM

 

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