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Climate Change and Energy Source Diversity

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I'm preparing these notes in preparation for Anna Demeo and Jay Friedlander's talk at the Southwest Harbor Public Library at 5:30pm Tuesday 12 May 2015.

The Earth's climate is a complex, chaotic system. Judith Curry makes the point that it is difficult to differentiate human caused climate change from natural climate variability.

The global debate about climate change is highly polarized. Many people belive strongly that human caused climate change threatens the world's polital and economic future. Many other people believe that this is not the case. This division often occurs along the liberal/conservative divide. I'm generally liberal. Public pundit David Frum strikes me a a generally hard-headed conservative on many issues such as the middle east, immigrations and the Clintons although many present day conservatives would consider him to be a RINO. I'd call him an NPR Republican.

Confirmation bias.

Do fluid flows in the Earth oceans and atmosphere meet the definition of "turbulent"?

A web site such as What's Up With That

What does Judith Curry believe

"Google engineer" critique of renewable energy sources - http://spectrum.ieee.org/energy/renewables/what-it-would-really-take-to-reverse-climate-change 

Since I am not a climate scientist and do not have a command of the research and data, how do I decide?

Adaptation, survival and predicting the future

Nate Silver

My principal argument is that given the uncertainty about the future of the Earth's climate, energy source diversity should be the goal.

I also have a aesthetic preference for wind turbines over mining coal via mountain top removal etc.

Freeman Dyson

5/6/2015 update:

Isn't the fact that the climate is always changing an arugment for energy source diversity

 

"religion seems to me to assume one aspect when considered as a special claim to knowledge, and quite another aspect when considered as a ritualized confession of ignorance."
http://www.npr.org/2015/01/29/382388786/editor-picks-religions-for-the-first-norton-anthology-of-world-religions