Today: 21.Nov.2017

Bloomberg, Weixin Zha, Brian Parkin: By 2030, the eastern German town of Poedelwitz will likely be razed to get at the rich veins of coal beneath its half-timbered houses. The reason: Chancellor Angela Merkel’s effort to steer Germany toward greener energy, which has unexpectedly meant booming demand for dirty coal. “This is unparalleled destruction of the environment,” says Jens Hausner, a farmer who has seen 17 of his 20 hectares consumed by digging equipment that looks like something out of a Mad Max movie. In a bit more than a decade, the hulking machines are expected to claw through the town’s 13th-century church and 40 or so remaining homes. None of this will lead to a significant reduction of atmospheric carbon dioxide. From a scientific point of view, none of this matters. Its all politics, pure politics.

Harrison Schmitt. Ph.D. Geology. Former United States Senator from New Mexico and Apollo 17 Astronaut. He currently is an aerospace and private enterprise consultant and a member of the new Committee of Correspondence: Previous Congresses and Administrations have not upheld their constitutional mandate to “provide for the common Defense” relative to energy and instead have used politically motivated legislation and regulation to prevent the private sector from providing for the nation’s critical energy needs. This neglect has led to a national security crisis through progressively increased dependence on foreign sources of oil as well as other strategic resources. The Constitution requires that there be a concerted and immediate federal focus on energy independence. This is not what the Founders would have desired, but past neglect means no choice remains other than capitulation to the economic and military intimidation of the enemies of liberty.

Published in Energy Tomorrow

Howard Cork Hayden, Emeritus Physics Professor, University of Connecticut: The most common question people bring up with respect to nuclear power is, “What do you do with the waste?” The answer requires discussion of three broad topics: the nature of uranium fission, radiation shielding, and the relationship between radiation and health. The first section is about the nature and the quantity of the high-level radioactive byproducts of uranium fission. This so-called “waste” from a nuclear reactor is different from the waste from burning coal. The second section discusses the nature of shielding and its effectiveness. The third section presents a simple mathematical proof that there is nothing inherently additive about radiation exposure.

Published in Energy Tomorrow

James Lovelock, PhD in Medicine, Chemist, Independent Scientist, Environmentalist. While working for NASA in the 1960s, concerned with detecting life on Mars he presented the Gaia hypothesis which proposes that living and non-living parts of the Earth form a complex interacting system that can be thought of as a single organism. He came to think that use of fossil fuels would produce catastrophic man-made global warming. In September 2017 he announced that he changed his mind. Environmentalism has gone too far; renewable energy is a disaster; the planet is not going to end any time soon; and, by the way, the answer is nuclear… When some man-made climate change Alarmists learn about Lovelock's new thinking, they dismiss him as being "old." With far less scientific credentials and accomplishments, they now claim to know a lot more about man-made global warming than does this outstanding scientist they once held in high esteem.That's how Alarmists Belief Systems go.

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