Archive for the ‘Climate Change’ Category

The majority of renewable energy in Germany is now owned by citizens or farmers, and not utility companies. This totals ~$100 billion worth of private investment in renewable energy and accounts for 20% of all of Germany’s electrical power.

They produce 17GW a year from solar panels and wind turbines, compared to America’s incredibly embarrassing 3.6GW.

This is how you do things properly people, especially here in Australia where abundant space, as well as sunlight and wind are hardly scarce resources.


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Here’s a wonderful write up on Science-Based Life on the latest results from a survey on evolution and climate change in the 2012 elections in the US. Things are looking good!

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Here’s a great news article by ABC on Rick Perry’s book “Fed Up!”.

Man Rick Perry is such a hypocrite… Like so many politicians everywhere, he says one thing then does the complete opposite. (see Tony Abbott on a price on carbon for an Australian equivalent)

He said the states should be able to determine whether gay marriage is legalised or not, then last Friday he signed a pledge supporting a federal amendment defining marriage.

He said the Supreme Court should overturn Roe v. Wade and allow states to determine the legality of abortion. Then last week he ditched that principle and signed an anti-abortion pledge working to federally end abortion.

He’s all ‘small government’ one minute and totalitarian/fascist government the next… What on earth does he want? Pick one or the other and save up your integrity at the very least. What a clown.

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Jon Huntsman vs Rick Perry

In response to some incredibly stupid comments by Texas Governor and presidential candidate for the Republicans Rick Perry, Jon Huntsman has made his stance on such matters very clear.

Rick Perry said recently in relation to climate change policy that:

“I don’t think from my perspective that I want to be engaged in spending that much money on still a scientific theory that has not been proven, and that form my perspective is more and more being put into question.”

Just goes to show how much Rick perry really understands scientific ‘theories’… Electricity is a theory. Perhaps the US shouldn’t spend billions of dollars a year on their power infrastructure and instead just pray that it works… Don’t you love these guys? If there’s a single person with any form of scientific background who an opinion not in complete parallel with the general scientific world on a specific theory, that somehow suggests it’s inadequacy. There’s a 99% of scientists agree that climate change is a real issue that is occurring and needs to be addressed. But simply because that 1% exists, that somehow gives these people support to cut it down, calling it a mere “theory” that is not “proven”.

There’re somewhere near 1000+ articles that have been published on climate change, all evidence supporting the ‘mere theory’. Yet there is no a single peer reviewed scientific article to the contrary. What more evidence do you require? When did 1% of scientists’ personal opinions on a matter become evidence?

The same goes for the theory of evolution in the eyes of the religious. It will remain just a ‘theory’ until every fossil of every animal that has ever existed is laid out in front of the religious for them to see. Until then, if there is a single gap this is tantamount to evolution having nothing at all to substantiate itself… Yet you have “faith” there is a God, that requires not a single skerrick of evidence. Where’s the consistency? You require very little for your own personal beliefs, yet so so so much more for the beliefs/facts of others to be accepted.

Anyway, back to Jon Huntsman, the presidential candidate for the Republicans from Utah. He tweeted in response to Rick Perry’s comments:

When interviewed recently about this recent tweet, Jon said:

The minute that the Republican Party becomes the party – the anti-science party, we have a huge problem.  We lose a whole lot of people who would otherwise allow us to win the election in 2012.  When we take a position that isn’t willing to embrace evolution, when we take a position that basically runs counter to what 98 of 100 climate scientists have said, what the National Academy of Science – Sciences has said about what is causing climate change and man’s contribution to it, I think we find ourselves on the wrong side of science, and, therefore, in a losing position.

The Republican Party has to remember that we’re drawing from traditions that go back as far as Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, President Eisenhower, Nixon, Reagan and Bush.  And we’ve got a lot of traditions to draw upon.  But I can’t remember a time in our history where we actually were willing to shun science and become a – a party that – that was antithetical to science. I’m not sure that’s good for our future and it’s not a winning formula.

Wow… This guys was raised as a Mormon, and I believe he still practices the faith, and yet even he is compelled to take a realistic approach to climate change by weight scientific evidence. And on top of that he accepts evolution to be true?

If only we could create a Jon Huntsman & Ron Paul hybrid, to raise and run for president. Maybe the US would stand a chance!? And while we’re making the world a better place, Jon Huntsman if you ever read this please give Australian Liberal Party leader Tony Abbott a phone call and school him on science.

See this video for the full interview:

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