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  1. plchacker

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    Stalin, Mao et al would agree...
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    Yep, you know without doubt exactly what I think. What my thought process is and what evidence I trust. Yes sir you are a freaking psychic. Bless your heart.
  3. plchacker

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    Thanks for the science. I truly wish I had more time to ask more questions. Today was a break for me. I'm back at it tomorrow. I do love the fact that the projects I am working on could prove to be very helpful for the environment. I remember questioning man's influence on the climate when I was just a kid. At that time most people I knew heated with wood. I wondered even then what effect that had on our environment. (before the warnings of the coming ice age) Hell, I got in trouble for voicing that opinion in my 5th grade history class. In those days, students did not question teachers. Have a good day to all, it'll be a while before I make it back.
  4. plchacker

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    Prove me wrong.
  5. plchacker

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    I agree about pick ups. I have only owned one personally. I have always had access to one. Hauling horse trailers, hay, feed, building materials and the like are a pain without one. Most pick up drivers really don't care about fuel prices. For many it is a status symbol. Not unlike driving a Prius or Volt in other circles. I quit driving big cars decades ago. I take a lot of grief for the cars I do own, but I'm getting 32 MPG in a car that handles well. When I do need to haul something - even my boat - I often have to borrow a truck these days. I don't do the farm thing anymore. My daughter is old enough to take care of the horses on her own. I am completely for conservation. My only caveat is not destroying our economy in the process. I don't deny that humans have influenced our climate. I do question how much. I certainly have grown weary after a lifetime of catastrophic predictions that always seem to be twenty years down the road.
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    But ExxonMobil disagrees that any of its early statements were so stark, let alone conclusive at all. “We didn’t reach those conclusions, nor did we try to bury it like they suggest,” ExxonMobil spokesperson Allan Jeffers tells Scientific American. “The thing that shocks me the most is that we’ve been saying this for years, that we have been involved in climate research. These guys go down and pull some documents that we made available publicly in the archives and portray them as some kind of bombshell whistle-blower exposé because of the loaded language and the selective use of materials.” From the same article. That said, the article also quotes questionable resources like Greenpeace. Again, rant as you choose. I am not washed in the blood of impending climate disaster. Things I do believe: We should be responsible with our natural resourses We should reduce polution, in all its forms, as much as is feasible without destroying our economy 95% or better of Climate Science chatter is based on political beliefs. Very little of it is backed up through solid science Solid climate science is out there. But scientists for the most part, are not good at public communications beyond published work, which is difficult for the average person to understand There is plenty money on both sides of the debate. and both sides get what they pay for Politics ruins science There are very few laws in physics. It is highly doubtful that anyone anytime soon will be capable of listing laws of climate science. Until then, the only proper thing to do is to remain a skeptic. Being a skeptic does not mean that you refuse to believe the data, it simply means that you continue the execution of science Finally no amount of name calling and ranting on your behalf will change my mind. I certainly do not expect to change yours. Hell, I don't even know you.
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    The process currently used in greenhouses and other smaller applications is simply injecting steam into the soil. There are a variety of ways to do this. Some use hoppers, another uses lances still another uses a simple tarp. The primary thing is that all of these work on a much smaller scale. My first thought was that this is a very expensive undertaking, even in the best situation. That said, there is really positive results. I was told that steam is required. Hot air alone will not work. My thought there is the ability of steam to conduct heat more effectively than air. Moisture may come into play too. Things I don't know: How much the chemical actually cost How much it costs to implement the chemical What the actual dangers/environmental costs of the chemical are They must be bad, because Europe and parts of California have already outlawed its use All of those factors come into play. My job though is not to prove validity. It is simply to design the controls and limited parts of the machine. But I can't help but wonder what the overall picture is. The HVAC system is really cool too. That is yet another NDA. We are taking a week off from that project and will continue likely next week. Everybody needed a break. Testing so far has been favorable. The design tests were nerve racking. The facility we are working in is pretty amazing. The test unit chamber can control temp from -31F to 185F and 10-95% relative humidity. it is about the size of a walk-in freezer. I am now convinced that leaving the college was a good thing. That was a tough decision. My program had over 100 students when I left. I started with 10 students fourteen years ago.
  8. plchacker

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    Your rant will be accessed by its merit, or lack there of.
  9. plchacker

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    What do they say about the new electronic logs? Nothing like having to shut down twenty minutes from a destination because you are over the time limit. At least that is the story I'm getting. One woman I work with just sold out of the business.
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    The truckers I know would disagree with that statement. They seem to be having a hard time making money and following the rules. But yes, we all are pushing this through on-line purchases. Don't forget Walmart. I'd bet they have a pretty large portion of the over the road traffic.
  11. plchacker

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    The government pays scientists to prove the Climate Change is real. - You get what you pay for. You also left off the fact that the Earth is warming naturally. "Climate Denial" is a very poor label with purely political purposes. It is intellectually weak. It is grammatically incorrect. It says as much about those who use the label as those who are targeted by that label.
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    Increasing the gas tax would not have the desired effect. Also, it would adversely affect people who live in rural areas. The very people who are supplying the food. I agree about the FEMA bailouts/flood insurance subsidies. I have always said that I would never have a beach house unless I could afford to lose it out right and replace it without insurance. I heard a thing this week on the radio about an Austrian who is burning off gasses from a Russian landfill. Energy to be had? I am quite sure that Amsterdam and Venice were not built underwater. They have adapted, we need to be ready to adapt. I have always wondered why the EPA picks the targets it does. While many of their choices are spot on, they seem to overlook major issues and over control minor issues. Honestly I think the EPA could be a huge part of the answer, if only they woke up and worked to find the root problems rather than being politically reactive. More rail for freight. It is a shame that the population of trucks over the road is increasing at such a large rate. I had no idea until I started spending a good deal of time on I-65 and I-10.
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    It just occurred to me that in order to use steam a lot of energy is needed. I'm starting to wonder which would be the bigger problem, steam or bromomethane. Not sure what goes into the production of the chemical..
  14. plchacker

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    As of right now I am in a NDA. So as much as I would like to, I can't. I can say that the idea has been around for a long time but it is difficult to pull this off on a field (1000 acres) basis. Europeans are a bit ahead in this area. But, the guy I am working with is super smart and business savvy. I got the see the machine for the first time this week. It is big. We are working on reducing the size and using a different heat source. He should be testing in California later this year. He also has a different method than the current machines on the market. In a word, its cool.