2008 the Coldest Year of the New Millennium

Eclipsed by the pageantry of the 2008 Beijing Olympics and Russian attempts to start WWIII by invading their former client states, is a noticeable downward trend in global temperatures. Data from the UK Meteorology Office shows that temperatures in the first half of the year have been cooler than any year since 2000. The reason given for the cooler temperatures is the natural cycle of La Nina and El Nino periods, which affect climate world wide.

Flex Fuel Foolishness

One of the things that is getting a lot of lip service currently is the use of alternative fuels to power cars and trucks that normally run on gasoline—so called flex fuel vehicles (FFVs). The most common “flex fuel” is E85 ethanol, a mixture of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline. The trouble is FFVs are gas guzzlers in green clothing.

The Cost of Coal

One of the ideas that gets mentioned in energy policy sound bites is “clean coal,” but what is entailed in cleaning up coal is not detailed. In The Resilient Earth we described coal as the most dangerous energy source on the planet—why? In Chapter 17, in the section titled Coal's False Promise we explain why coal is best left buried in the earth, where the efforts of millions of years of active geology has placed it.

Ozone, Ice Caps and Unintended Consequences

One of the central points presented in The Resilient Earth is the fundamental immaturity of climate science and how unreasonable it is to ask for accurate predictions working from the current state of both climate theory and available data. We used the formulation of the three pillars of science—theory, experiment and computation—as the framework of our argument. As an example why we take this stand consider a recent article in the journal Science.

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