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  1. captain_crunch

    Greta

    I hear they cause cancer too. https://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2019/apr/08/donald-trump/republicans-dismiss-trumps-windmill-and-cancer-cla/
  2. captain_crunch

    Greta

    The problem of acid rain was greatly reduced by government regulations that placed limits on emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides from power plants in the United States, Canada, and western Europe. Acid rain remains a major problem in other industrialized countries, especially Russia and China. An interesting aside is that the Reagan administration employed a scientist named Fred Singer to argue that the source of acid rain was not well understood. Fred Singer also argued that there was no causal link between secondhand cigarette smoke and cancer. Fred Singer is still around and actively argues that global warming is not occurring and that carbon dioxide in the atmosphere does not act as a greenhouse gas.
  3. captain_crunch

    Greta

    ^^ The argument has undergone an interesting progression. First it was that global warming is not happening. Then it was that global warming is happening but cannot be attributed to human activity. Now it is that global warming is happening and is caused by man, but it's a good thing.
  4. captain_crunch

    Greta

    ^^ Yeah, when trees were growing near the South Pole, the sea level was 20 meters higher than now. Wouldn't that be great!
  5. captain_crunch

    Greta

    The problem is that you took it seriously as an example of people overreacting.
  6. captain_crunch

    Greta

    You do realize the above video was a stunt by a pro-Trump group. https://www.mediaite.com/news/pro-trump-group-says-they-planned-eat-the-babies-stunt-at-aoc-event/
  7. captain_crunch

    Greta

    The anecdote above notes that Australia's coal consumption is tiny compared to China, and that coal is one of Australia's largest exports; however, if the large economies that import Australian coal (Japan, China, and India) shifted to cleaner energy sources, there would be no demand for the coal Australia exports, so pointing the finger at China and India really does not help the situation for Australia.
  8. captain_crunch

    Greta

  9. captain_crunch

    Greta

    Are we reading the same report? https://www.ipcc.ch/site/assets/uploads/2018/02/SYR_AR5_FINAL_full.pdf "There is low confidence that long-term changes in tropical cyclone activity are robust, and there is low confidence in the attribution of global changes to any particular cause. However, it is virtually certain that intense tropical cyclone activity has increased in the North Atlantic since 1970. {WGI Table SPM.1, 2.6.3, 10.6}"
  10. captain_crunch

    Greta

    Australia, Canada, Chile, and a lot of other resource-rich countries have economies that extend well beyond extracting coal, oil, and minerals. Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, and much of the Middle East have virtually nothing to export other than oil.
  11. captain_crunch

    Greta

    Yeah, he's a creep, but he didn't sell his scientific integrity to the tobacco lobby or the fossil fuels industry.
  12. captain_crunch

    Greta

    An interesting aspect of this is that countries that are highly reliant on resource extraction for their wealth are seldom democratic. The resources tend to fall under the control of oligarchs and government cliques that find undemocratic means to cling to power. You can see this in Venezuela, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and a lot of other countries with oil wealth.
  13. captain_crunch

    Greta

    I thought I should say something about the approximately 3% of scientists who have not joined the consensus that global warming is mainly caused by human activity. One prominent member of that group is a gentleman named Fred Singer. His previous gig involved denying the cancer risks of second-hand cigarette smoke. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Singer
  14. captain_crunch

    Greta

    Yeah, "general populations intransigence" is a motivating factor. I don't disagree with that. What I do disagree with is that "things proposed to fix the problem would destroy your way of life". I was simply trying to make the point that a shift to renewable energy would actually improve our lives in ways that go beyond reducing global warming.
  15. captain_crunch

    Greta

    Yeah, that's a good one to add, but I don't believe it is actually true. A switch to renewable energy would have benefits beyond reducing global warming.