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We Are the Idiots

Old Nam Vet Wrote: May 22, 2013 4:18 PM
I was once a green weenie. I wrote my Senior disertation on global cooling. I was part owner of a solar company in 78-79. I received my LEED certification from the US Green Building Council. I even founded a chapter for them. Now I look back at all that and think where was my head at? The temperature hasn't changed in 10-15 years. As Dr. Williams points out all of my predictions didn't happen. Now I believe in fracking and energy conservation. So we can tell OPEC to sell all their oil in the third world. That will make them a lot of money. Whenever an environmentalist starts complaining we say show me the reality of all these things, not the fiction. If you don't believe that political correctness is the root of all this how did Al Gore get a Nobel for a Power Point presentation in one year. And it took Mother Theresa 50 years of working in the slums to get one. Go figure.
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Is Thinking Obsolete?

Old Nam Vet Wrote: May 02, 2013 1:45 PM
First the irony of you citing DR. Sowell's article as having no supporting facts or figures. This is an article, not one of his fine books that has all the data an intelligent person would need to analyze. Second, he did use a couple of examples to make his point. If the professor had told a Muslim to stomp on the name Muhammad in a class he probably would be either dead or disbarred within one day. But it's ok to stomp on Jesus? Most likely he wouldn't have the courage to stomp on Muhammed, Budda (they wouldn't fight back?), Mao, Che or any other darling of the left. I used to be a big leftie. I wrote my senior dissertation on global cooling. Kind of funny huh? I helped found one of the chapter of Vietnam Veterans Against...
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Renewables Fail the Cost Test, Again

Old Nam Vet Wrote: Jan 27, 2013 1:52 PM
I'm a certified energy auditor with over 30 years in contracting. I have yet to find a photo-voltaic installation with under a 30 year payback. Solar hot water may make a 15 or 20 year payback, but that is out the window with the cost of natural gas backup going down. There is only one product "Solarwall" out of Canada that has a legitamite payback of under 15 years. The application is often hard to find, but when it does it works great. Even then we can't always find the right application. We haven't really tapped the envergy conservation market. Most energy upgrades have 20 year or longer expected life and therefore can't be amortized very quickly. A real problem for commercial building owners.
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