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When Bill Clinton took office in 1993, global warming was a slow-moving environmental problem that was easy to ignore.

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SpaceBlues

Houston, TX

#34720 Mar 25, 2013
Brian_G wrote:
<quoted text>^^^This is untrue, I've posted I'm not a scientist and I'll repeat that again. I don't design experiments for my living, I just happen to know the difference between an experiment and nature or man's fossil fuel use.
LOL. Your first and second sentence are in conflict with each other. You are lying.

You are into uncontrolled and limitless use of fossil fuel. Yet you choose to disagree with the scientists about their science when you are not a scientist and don't understand science.

You are not fooling the science crowd.
Brian_G wrote:
<quoted text>^^^I'll be happy to debate your definition of experiment, why don't you post one?
LOL. It's not a pleasure to read you butcher science.

I've no intention to teach you science. However, I expect you to respect the scientists and their work.
gcaveman1

Bay Springs, MS

#34721 Mar 25, 2013
Brian_G wrote:
<quoted text>"An experiment is a orderly procedure carried out with the goal of verifying, falsifying, or establishing the validity of a hypothesis. Experiments provide insight into cause-and-effect by demonstrating what outcome occurs when a particular factor is manipulated. Experiments vary greatly in their goal and scale, but always rely on repeatable procedure and logical analysis of the results."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Experiment
If Fair Game finds that explanation 'idiotic', it reflects on his understanding of science.
Just a reminder: You're fellow deniers say citing Wiki is verboten.

So only man can perform experiments?

These experiments must be in a lab?

Where is the word deliberate? I don't see it, yet you said that was a requirement.
gcaveman1

Bay Springs, MS

#34722 Mar 25, 2013
Hung by your own petard, it seems. Or maybe you didn't read all of the Wiki entry:

"The term "experiment" usually implies a controlled experiment, but sometimes controlled experiments are prohibitively difficult or impossible. In this case researchers resort to natural experiments or quasi-experiments. Natural experiments rely solely on observations of the variables of the system under study, rather than manipulation of just one or a few variables as occurs in controlled experiments. "

"Much research in several important science disciplines, including economics, political science, geology, paleontology, ecology, meteorology, and astronomy, relies on quasi-experiments. For example, in astronomy it is clearly impossible, when testing the hypothesis "suns are collapsed clouds of hydrogen", to start out with a giant cloud of hydrogen, and then perform the experiment of waiting a few billion years for it to form a sun. However, by observing various clouds of hydrogen in various states of collapse, and other implications of the hypothesis (for example, the presence of various spectral emissions from the light of stars), we can collect data we require to support the hypothesis."

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Your experiment argument just collapsed....kinda like a supernova, only faster.

Since: Jan 13

Location hidden

#34723 Mar 25, 2013
mememine69 wrote:
<quoted text>
Show me one single IPCC warning report not full of "maybes". Science has never said any crisis was certain, imminent, eventual,inevitable or "WILL" happen. Science says comet hits are a real eventual crisis and has NEVER said the same for climate change crisis. Prove me wrong!27 years of maybe means won't be. Deny that Doomer.
IPCC reports are always written in bureaucratese. They're being extra cautious. So what? The point is that the climate scientists were very accurate (actually, real temps have been a bit higher than they predicted) more that 30 years ago.

Given that (paraphrasing Yogi) predictions are difficult, especially when you're talking about the future, it's actually remarkable how accurate Hansen et al were in 1981. They were so accurate then that only the ignorant, the psychotic or the profoundly politically biased would fail to listen to Hansen today.



I guess you'd prefer to delay action until the wolves are at the door. The problem is that there's a great deal of momentum & delay in the system. You'll have NO chance of stopping the wolves, nor will any of your neighbors, or the next town over, or the next, if you wait till they're at your door.

It'll be WAY easier & cheaper to start to limit CO2 emissions today. We know we have to do it, or civilization will be completely destroyed.

Since: Apr 08

"the green troll"

#34724 Mar 25, 2013
Brian_G wrote:
<quoted text>"An experiment is a orderly procedure carried out with the goal of verifying, falsifying, or establishing the validity of a hypothesis. Experiments provide insight into cause-and-effect by demonstrating what outcome occurs when a particular factor is manipulated. Experiments vary greatly in their goal and scale, but always rely on repeatable procedure and logical analysis of the results."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Experiment
If Fair Game finds that explanation 'idiotic', it reflects on his understanding of science.
Let me see: did I say experiments were idiotic, or that your idea of an experiment was idiotic?

Add misrepresentation to pearl clutching and fauxtrage as the tools of the troll.

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php...

Since: Apr 08

"the green troll"

#34725 Mar 25, 2013
Brian_G wrote:
<quoted text>I won't be bullied and I'll call Patriot AKA Bozo on bullying opponents to "Shut up." This is a forum for argument, bullying and insults have no place.
Hypocrisy and lying too.
Brian_G wrote:
********, you know less about economics than climate. Caveat Emptor,********, you will get yours.
Brian_G wrote:
********, I'm not going to aplogize to you, I am going to find out who is behind the AGW hoax, and make them pay. If it's you, get ready.

Since: Apr 08

"the green troll"

#34726 Mar 25, 2013
Brian_G wrote:
Not everyone with a college degree is smart and not everyone who doesn't graduate high school is stupid.
“Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'”

&#8213; Isaac Asimov
This issue is controversial.
No it's not.

It hasn't been controversial for decades. You're trying to make it look like a controversy, with the endless repetition of idiotic arguments, in the hope that it will all be he-said-she-said to those who don't know any better.

To the smart people it's obvious you're a clown, but that's not who you're pitching to, is it?

“I Luv Carbon Dioxide”

Since: Dec 08

Home, sweet home.

#34727 Mar 26, 2013
gcaveman1 wrote:
Just a reminder: You're fellow deniers say citing Wiki is verboten.
Wikipedia scores its pages, the quality is listed as 'Start Class' Here's what the score means:

"The article has a usable amount of good content but is weak in many areas, usually in referencing. Quality of the prose may be distinctly unencyclopedic, and MoS compliance non-existent; but the article should satisfy fundamental content policies such as notability and BLP, and provide enough sources to establish verifiability. No Start-Class article should be in any danger of being speedily deleted."

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gcaveman1 wrote:
So only man can perform experiments? These experiments must be in a lab?
That's right, only humans can perform experiments. Experiments can be done in the field, in a hospital or in the lab; the location isn't important but the procedure to control variables is important.

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gcaveman1 wrote:
Where is the word deliberate? I don't see it, yet you said that was a requirement.
The word 'goal' means the experiment is deliberate.

I'll repeat the definition so you can learn more:

"An experiment is a orderly procedure carried out with the goal of verifying, falsifying, or establishing the validity of a hypothesis. "

“I Luv Carbon Dioxide”

Since: Dec 08

Home, sweet home.

#34728 Mar 26, 2013
gcaveman1 wrote:
Hung by your own petard, it seems. Or maybe you didn't read all of the Wiki entry:
"The term "experiment" usually implies a controlled experiment, but sometimes controlled experiments are prohibitively difficult or impossible. In this case researchers resort to natural experiments or quasi-experiments. Natural experiments rely solely on observations of the variables of the system under study, rather than manipulation of just one or a few variables as occurs in controlled experiments. "
"Much research in several important science disciplines, including economics, political science, geology, paleontology, ecology, meteorology, and astronomy, relies on quasi-experiments. For example, in astronomy it is clearly impossible, when testing the hypothesis "suns are collapsed clouds of hydrogen", to start out with a giant cloud of hydrogen, and then perform the experiment of waiting a few billion years for it to form a sun. However, by observing various clouds of hydrogen in various states of collapse, and other implications of the hypothesis (for example, the presence of various spectral emissions from the light of stars), we can collect data we require to support the hypothesis."
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Your experiment argument just collapsed....kinda like a supernova, only faster.
"A natural experiment is an empirical study in which the experimental conditions (i.e., which units receive which treatment) are determined by nature or by other factors out of the control of the experimenters and yet the treatment assignment process is arguably exogenous."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_experime...
PHD

Overton, TX

#34730 Mar 26, 2013
Corretion their scientific science fiction clowns.

Since: Mar 09

Parsons, KS

#34731 Mar 26, 2013
Big_Goof is able to divert meaningful discussions about global warming science by saying that it cannot be science without "laboratory experiments". That is his only position. By now he knows that science goes beyond laboratory experiments and uses observation for many things that do not adapt to a laboratory type experimentation. Yet he persists in continuing to post his contention that all science must be performed by laboratory experiment. It is best to ignore his posts by understanding what they are, simply a diversion.

Global warming is a result of adding CO2 to the atmosphere by the burning of fossil fuels. Science has established that. The discussion should progress to what steps can we take to decrease the effects.
Teddy R

Houston, TX

#34732 Mar 26, 2013
Fair Game wrote:
<quoted text>
Let me see: did I say experiments were idiotic, or that your idea of an experiment was idiotic?
Add misrepresentation to pearl clutching and fauxtrage as the tools of the troll.
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php...
Thanks for linking the UD entries for the two precious little semi-witticisms with which you seem so infatuated of late. Always fun.

I was particularly intrigued by the "clutching pearls" entry:

"A new phrase among the gay Maryland circle."

You infatuation with this phrase becomes clearer, luvvy ...
Reddy Kilowatt

Houston, TX

#34733 Mar 26, 2013
Patriot AKA Bozo wrote:
Big_Goof is able to divert meaningful discussions about global warming science by saying that it cannot be science without "laboratory experiments". That is his only position. By now he knows that science goes beyond laboratory experiments and uses observation for many things that do not adapt to a laboratory type experimentation. Yet he persists in continuing to post his contention that all science must be performed by laboratory experiment. It is best to ignore his posts by understanding what they are, simply a diversion.
Global warming is a result of adding CO2 to the atmosphere by the burning of fossil fuels. Science has established that. The discussion should progress to what steps can we take to decrease the effects.
The answer is obvious.

A crash program to replace large coal-fired electric power generating stations with modern fast-neutron SMRs:

http://phys.org/news/2012-02-small-modular-re...

Green. Carbon-free. Renewable. Sustainable. Commercial-scale reactor designs readily available today.

Problem solved.

Or we can just keep turning up the gain on the AGW "waaaambulance" siren and flapping gums over "the science" and "clutching pearls" waiting for vague pie-in-the-sky "greenie" technologies and/or using AGW as a stalking horse to press under-the-radar anti-corporate/neo-Luddite social re-engineering agendas while we continue to cook the planet.

It's pretty clear which course of action this crowd favors ...

So rock on, "scientists." Just remember - you're the problem because you're not part of the solution.

Since: Apr 08

"the green troll"

#34734 Mar 26, 2013
Teddy R wrote:
<quoted text>
Thanks for linking the UD entries for the two precious little semi-witticisms with which you seem so infatuated of late. Always fun.
I was particularly intrigued by the "clutching pearls" entry:
"A new phrase among the gay Maryland circle."
You infatuation with this phrase becomes clearer, luvvy ...
Alas! I've never been to Maryland or had the pleasure of meeting the gay circle there.

I encountered the phrase on the New York Times as used by an economist. It aptly describes posters like brian_g, tina anne and fun facts.
Let me instead go meta; this is an example of why policy debate is so frustrating, and why I’m not polite. The key thing about how the conservative movement handles debate is that it never gives up an argument, no matter how often and how thoroughly it has been refuted. Oh, there will be more sophisticated arguments made too; but the zombie lies will be rolled out again and again, with little or no pushback from the “respectable” wing of the movement.

In comments and elsewhere I fairly often encounter the pearl-clutchers, who want to know why I can’t politely disagree, since we’re all arguing in good faith, right? Wrong.
http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/19/t...
SpaceBlues

Houston, TX

#34735 Mar 26, 2013
Brian_G wrote:
<quoted text>If you don't want to provide education, you aren't a scientist. I'm glad that's clear.
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<quoted text>I don't see the confusion, I've noted there are no experimental tests for climate change mitigation and the only people who disagree seem to think nature, our fossil fuel use and evolution are experiments. I'll be glad to clear up any confusion; experiments are orderly, intended and controlled.
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<quoted text>I don't feel sorry for SpaceBlues; this is where we differ. He's entitled to his position and I encourage him to post his most compelling arguments. I'm prepared to post and defend my arguments.
Seems fair to me.
You are not a scientist. Stop wishing that there are no scientists who post in this forum.

It is always clear that you push here for uncontrolled and limitless fossil fuel burning. You butcher science terms to confuse the public because you are not of science. Your opinion of scientists has no significance.

Since: Jan 13

Location hidden

#34736 Mar 26, 2013
Reddy Kilowatt wrote:
<quoted text>
The answer is obvious.
A crash program to replace large coal-fired electric power generating stations with modern fast-neutron SMRs:
http://phys.org/news/2012-02-small-modular-re...
Green. Carbon-free. Renewable. Sustainable. Commercial-scale reactor designs readily available today.
Problem solved.
Or we can just keep turning up the gain on the AGW "waaaambulance" siren and flapping gums over "the science" and "clutching pearls" waiting for vague pie-in-the-sky "greenie" technologies and/or using AGW as a stalking horse to press under-the-radar anti-corporate/neo-Luddite social re-engineering agendas while we continue to cook the planet.
It's pretty clear which course of action this crowd favors ...
So rock on, "scientists." Just remember - you're the problem because you're not part of the solution.
Actually, fast neutron uranium or liquid salt thorium generate smaller amounts of MUCH less dangerous waste (which for many is the limiting step). The former can even use what we currently call "waste" as fuel.

We still have a problem, though, in that construction of plants, mining of ore & other necessary activities associated with the industry are carbon-intensive.

Since: Jan 13

Location hidden

#34737 Mar 26, 2013
Erratum:

First sentence should say "...fast neutron uranium or liquid salt thorium REACTORS generate..."
PHD

Overton, TX

#34738 Mar 26, 2013
SpaceBlues wrote:
<quoted text>You are not a scientist. Stop wishing that there are no scientists who post in this forum.
It is always clear that you push here for uncontrolled and limitless fossil fuel burning. You butcher science terms to confuse the public because you are not of science. Your opinion of scientists has no significance.
More and more that’s all the "spacedoutblues” has more and more diarrheas.
SpaceBlues

Houston, TX

#34739 Mar 26, 2013
HomoSapiensLaptopicus wrote:
<quoted text>
Actually, fast neutron uranium or liquid salt thorium generate smaller amounts of MUCH less dangerous waste (which for many is the limiting step). The former can even use what we currently call "waste" as fuel.
We still have a problem, though, in that construction of plants, mining of ore & other necessary activities associated with the industry are carbon-intensive.
Agreed. Safety is still a problem as well.

Teddy <that was him> does try to bring a twist. Alas an SMR is nonexistent anyhow.
SpaceBlues

Houston, TX

#34740 Mar 26, 2013
HomoSapiensLaptopicus wrote:
Erratum:
First sentence should say "...fast neutron uranium or liquid salt thorium REACTORS generate..."
understood before .. no confusion ...

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