This section covers historical and present day highlights of people in Europe and Russia. It exams what can be done to make the future better than the past and present, including how plentiful, reliable energy can help.
Semen (Sam) Dukarevich, specialist in underground cryogenic structures: This is a very short but important description of Russia and some of the former Eastern European countries. Dr. Dukarevich survived WW II as a young boy and all the years of the Soviet Union. He describes Russia today with valuable suggestions about the future.
John Shanahan, President of Environmentalists for Nuclear - USA: Modern use of energy, primarily fossil fuels, hydro-electric and nuclear will enable mankind to live better, more peacefully, have quality education, find better jobs, protect the environment and preserve wildlife habitat. This presentation shows a few examples of people in seven countries in Europe and on the Mediterranean working for and enjoying an amazing world.
Judith Curry, Pope Francis: From the Vatican - World leaders meeting at the Vatican for a conference on climate change have issued a final statement, declaring that “human-induced climate change is a scientific reality” and “its decisive mitigation is a moral and religious imperative for humanity.” The statement says that humans have the technological and financial means, and the know-how, to combat human-induced climate change, while at the same time eliminating global poverty. Judith Curry - The debate on climate change has centered on the science and economic cost/benefit analyses – both of which are dominated by deep uncertainties. The moral dimensions of the climate change problem have received short shrift.
Hans Rosling,is a Swedish medical doctor, academic, statistician, and public speaker. He is the Professor of International Health at Karolinska Institutet and co-founder and chairman of the Gapminder Foundation. He rose to international celebrity status after producing a Ted Talk in which he promoted the use of data to explore development issues. In this video, he presents dynamic results of statistics for life expectancy versus income for the last 200 years. The results are amazing. It tells the story of how fossil fuels have changed life for the better., both for income and life expectancy.
The Spectator - All European producers face much higher costs than Chinese steelmakers thanks to the EU Emissions Trading System. But Britain imposes its own green taxes on top of this in the form of the Carbon Price Floor and the Renewables Obligation — an epic act of self-harm. If manufacturing simply transfers abroad, that won’t do a thing to reduce global carbon emissions. It is pure industrial suicide.
Société de Calcul Mathématique SA, (Mathematical Modelling Company, Corp.) -This is the first time in the history of humanity that a civilization – our civilization! – has launched a worldwide crusade: to change the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere. Previous crusades – nine of them officially, but there have been thousands under other names – have always targeted a neighbor whose religion displeased us, or whose land or resources we coveted. The current crusade has planetary ambitions and is utterly unprecedented. Website: http://www.scmsa.eu/