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2015 SkS Weekly News Roundup #51

Posted on 19 December 2015 by John Hartz

A chronological listing of the news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook page during the past week.

Sun, Dec 13

Mon, Dec 14

Tue, Dec 15

Wed, Dec 16

Thu, Dec 17

Fri, Dec 18

Sat, Dec 19

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  1. 'Now comes the tough part"

    I don't think it's going to be all that difficult, at least for the next 15 to 20 years when the reductions in CO2 emissions won't be that big. Getting all the way down to zero will be tough, but that's not until what, 2070?

    I just looked at my latest electric bill. Only 1.95% came from wind, and solar was only 0.05%. Both of those could easily be upped by a factor of ten over the next 5 to 10 years. Add in 10% efficiency improvements with better appliances and better insulated houses and buildings and you already have a significant reduction, without any new inventions or noticable financial pain.

    I've seen these articles that CO2 reductions will be very difficult, but I would argue that we don't really know that because we haven't really tried in any serious way.

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  2. The LA Times had an interesting Op-Ed piece on the relationship of Climate Chamge and social unrest like the war in Syria.  It might be good for an OP here at Skeptical science. 

    The authors, who study violence in society, suggest that climate change increases the chance of social unrest but are usually not the only cause of unrest.

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  3. I had a look at the quotations of scientists and newspapers in the final link above.  With one exception, they are all quite reasonable and sensible.  The exception is the Wall Street Journal of 14 December 2015.  The final sentence of the quotation is enough to evoke homicidal feelings:

    The grandiose claims of triumph in Paris represent the self-interest of a political elite that wants more control over the private economy in the U.S. and around the world.

    To this my riposte is:

    The insensate rejection of science by the Wall Street Journal represents the self-interest of a corporate elite that wants more control over national governance in the US and around the world.

    On the one hand, there are the dire consequences of unmitigated climate change.  On the other hand, there is the propaganda campaign certain corporations and individuals have waged to sabotage any action designed to avert such change.  The item from the Wall Street Journal is an example.

    It is difficult to conceive of people so evil that they are willing to countenance the destruction of the planetary environment in the long-term — and human civilization with it — simply to maintain their wealth and power in the short-term.

    I hope the foregoing does not constitute a "political" or "ad-hominem" comment.  We are after all talking about people trying to stop others from averting a catastrophic future climate.  If my language seems too strong, I refer readers to the above-mentioned "homicidal feelings".

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