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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 18 Nov 2015 @ 2:53am

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    Michael,

    That "insult" was intended to highlight a very common problem in education today. The lack of ensuring that the minds being educated are open to continual enquiry. I don't know what has happened in the last 30 years, but, education (particularly higher education) has been closing its mind.

    Sure. I still don't see why we can't *discuss* various engineering proposals that could have significant impact on our environment, if we chose to deploy them.
    If we were to put the resources into these, then these resources would not be put into the more important problems (which really don't get a look-see at the moment).
    I'm going to assume that you don't like the tone and underlying assumptions that I've implied in this post. And on top of that, you have a pet peeve against climate change "science" and its supporters.
    Some of what you highlight is interesting and thought provoking, but some of it is just following the herd (in dogma) without asking the questions that would question the underlying assumptions.

    As far as "anthropogenic climate change science", yes I do have a pet peeve when the scientists in question make utterly ridiculous statements about climatic changes without answering the fundamental energy requirements. I have enquired of these "scientists" to answer a simple question, (I even give them all the calculations to go with it) and I get nothing back of any meaningful worth.

    The fundamental problem in all the predictions is the energy requirements. If they cannot explain this, then they are stuck badly. The one (actually two) references I was given to back the claims (by a "anthropogenic climate change supporter, but not necessarily a climate change scientist), on reading it, made even more sense for my questions and demonstrated that the experimental data well indicated a few thousand years for specific changes to occur. Funnily enough, he assumed that it supported his viewpoint. What was funny about reading the paper, was that I predicted to myself, various results they would be reporting. Low and behold, I was correct. My energy calculations (though fairly rough +/-50%) still means that at least 6 (and maybe a lot more) orders of magnitude are not being considered. Even calculations I made based on IPCC officially released data, indicated over a thousand years before significant change would occur. Unfortunately, I can't find my copy of the specific paper. When I find it, I'll put the reference to it in this discussion.

    I have made the comment that even a fifth grader could do the calculations.

    You raise these questions to anthropogenic climate change scientists and you are treated as persona non grata and as an imbecile. When this kind of response is given, one must immediately, assume that the people in question are hiding something and that their public statements are less than accurate or complete falsehoods.

    Rational debate is good, irrational response to challenging current beliefs is not good. The anthropogenic climate change believers are irrational. Those who believe there is no climate change are just as irrational.

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