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Old 08-30-2017, 04:44 PM   #221
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I was reading what you wrote above and when I reached "Human race is at a turning point. Either we own up to the need for us to "inventively" work alongside [in coincidence with] Earth's inherent nature conditions for maintaining life-giving eco-systemic properties or else we will likely perish."

I looked back to see where you are and when I read San Fransico it all made sense.
I know that was meant as some level of a shot but while he might have been a bit over dramatic for the tastes of some, I basically agree with the primary meaning of Art's post, and I'm not from San Francisco. I did visit there once for a brief period but I had these views before that. So why does mine make sense? I feel strongly we must find a way to peacefully co-exist with the environment and treat it better. We've actually made progress in some areas during my lifetime but lost ground in others, so it's a continuing battle. We are polluting our rivers less and our air less. Had smog controls not been put in place, the air in most of our cities would be killing more of us today. As humans we impact the environment and when we do so negatively then we need to find ways to do so positively to reverse that.

Storms such as Harvey should make us think as temperatures of the seas and the air do play a role. How much, I don't know. However, when we get storms like never before, we need to think is this just a 1000 year random event or have we made created conditions making such a storm possible?

The decisions we made 40 years ago have protected the air of our cities today. The decisions we make today will impact life 40 years from now. I still intend to be around enjoying things then.
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They are doing what they were designed to do. THe problem is that they were never designed to handle this sort of pressure. The Addicks Dam is the one with the "uncontrolled release". That means it is just wide open with no metered release. It is supposed to be that way until Sept. 20!!!! IOW, you will have to suffer the coverage of flooding for at least another 3 weeks. Hopefully they were overestimating that. I did hear this morning that there is a small "anomaly" with the damn. One of the gate structures is leaking and potentially compromising the damn...
Anomaly, eh? Hope the pressure drops before nature demonstrates the erosive power of water
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Storms such as Harvey should make us think as temperatures of the seas and the air do play a role. How much, I don't know. However, when we get storms like never before, we need to think is this just a 1000 year random event or have we made created conditions making such a storm possible?

The decisions we made 40 years ago have protected the air of our cities today. The decisions we make today will impact life 40 years from now. I still intend to be around enjoying things then.
I'm all for a clean environment.

That said, I would like to see proof, not defacto science, that the temperature changes are human influenced and not natural cycles. In the '70s we had a period of extreme cooling and unusually cold winters (Chesapeake Bay completely froze for weeks). Were we responsible for that? All I'm saying is that tracking trends in no way proves a cause and effect relationship. Show me the science of cause.

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Pulling hydrocarbons out of the ground and burning them faster than they are regenerated is not sustainable no matter what causality of climate change you subscribe to.
Fortunately, we have around 500 years+ of hydrocarbons still available, and I expect that long before then alternative energy technologies will be sufficiently developed so that these reserves will last a great deal longer than that, if we need them to, which I doubt.

Fans of tinkering with atmospheric components, a.k.a. carbon sequestration schemes might do well to read Dr. Bjorn Lomborg's papers on the economics of same. Using the UN's own numbers he demonstrates that even if every such scheme described in the Paris Accords were adhered to, in addition to extended commitments to 2100 the impact on average global temps would be around 1/5th of a degree, yet cost trillions. He is a greenie who thinks the vast sums of money proposed to be through away accomplishing nothing be spent on greening the Sahara which would absorb any excess carbon civilization produces. The Israelis have shown this is quite possible and can be done for a fraction of the cost of the regulatory boondoggles many seem to prefer.
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I'm all for a clean environment.

That said, I would like to see proof, not defacto science, that the temperature changes are human influenced and not natural cycles. In the '70s we had a period of extreme cooling and unusually cold winters (Chesapeake Bay completely froze for weeks). Were we responsible for that? All I'm saying is that tracking trends in no way proves a cause and effect relationship. Show me the science of cause.

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Ted, there are computer models that demonstrate human causation. Of course, those models are by definition based on what the UN calls "simplifying assumptions" because we lack the computing power to model the atmosphere at a level of granularity that is needed to describe a chaotic system. One of those simplifying assumptions is an estimated value of how sensitive the atmosphere is to a doubling of CO2. Since none of the models' predictions match observational reality, that value is either wrong, or negative feedbacks are not adequately addressed in the models. Probably a combination of both, but the idea that this is "settled science" is a political, not a scientific statement because no honest scientist would say that failed predictive models describe reality. And, I'm sure it would increase everyone's confidence in the science if climate scientists weren't continually caught fiddling with the data to make it point to a desired conclusion.
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Harvey became a big event because it stalled. It was not a particularly strong storm, and it did not create that much rain, but what was different is that it sat in one spot for days and sucked moisture off the gulf and dropped it on east Texas. For days.

It is very unusual for a tropical system to sit like that, especially partially over land. When I hear "climate change" being used to partially explain the damage from the storm, it makes me shake my head. Damage came from the stall.
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Best of luck to all those in the middle of that storm. My prayers go to them.
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Pulling hydrocarbons out of the ground and burning them faster than they are regenerated is not sustainable no matter what causality of climate change you subscribe to.
Agreed. IMHO,it`s due to the world exceeding its population capacity and creating unsustainable demands on Earth for food, products, etc. Again IMHO, it`s an issue for people,not Governments, to resolve.
No idea whether this has any relationship to the current US flood disaster.
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I was reading what you wrote above and when I reached "Human race is at a turning point. Either we own up to the need for us to "inventively" work alongside [in coincidence with] Earth's inherent nature conditions for maintaining life-giving eco-systemic properties or else we will likely perish."

I looked back to see where you are and when I read San Fransico it all made sense.
I'm a NYer / LIender ... living in SF.

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I know that was meant as some level of a shot but while he might have been a bit over dramatic for the tastes of some, I basically agree with the primary meaning of Art's post, and I'm not from San Francisco. I did visit there once for a brief period but I had these views before that. So why does mine make sense? I feel strongly we must find a way to peacefully co-exist with the environment and treat it better. We've actually made progress in some areas during my lifetime but lost ground in others, so it's a continuing battle. We are polluting our rivers less and our air less. Had smog controls not been put in place, the air in most of our cities would be killing more of us today. As humans we impact the environment and when we do so negatively then we need to find ways to do so positively to reverse that.

Storms such as Harvey should make us think as temperatures of the seas and the air do play a role. How much, I don't know. However, when we get storms like never before, we need to think is this just a 1000 year random event or have we made created conditions making such a storm possible?

The decisions we made 40 years ago have protected the air of our cities today. The decisions we make today will impact life 40 years from now. I still intend to be around enjoying things then.
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Higher water levels and warmer temperatures do increase the danger of storms like Harvey. How much it impacted it by increasing the moisture carried, I don't know. I'll leave that to the scientists to evaluate. However, here's a thought for everyone. Sandy would not have flooded Manhattan a hundred years earlier when the sea level was one foot lower.

Now, here's an interesting article for consideration in how you protect Houston and South Texas or New Orleans. Most of the Netherlands is below sea level and Amsterdam is nearly 7' below. They had a devastating flood in 1953. They have taken steps to prevent a repeat.

Holland has solved this problem; why can't the US? (opinion) - CNN
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Sounds fair, but if the policy includes flood and there's no choice, then one is stuck with it.

And, requirements for insurance can be governmental and lenders. I'm totally against govt requirements, but the lenders have the right to require it, but feel it should only be on the building, not the land (however, it doesn't affect me).

I could argue options for the homeowner that wants reasonable coverage without going bizerk.
I'm not aware of any gov requirement for flood insurance. Some insurance policies require it as a pre-prequisite. And mortgages typically require insurance. But you can choose to participate in all that or not. It's up to you.
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I'm not aware of any gov requirement for flood insurance. Some insurance policies require it as a pre-prequisite. And mortgages typically require insurance. But you can choose to participate in all that or not. It's up to you.
It's required if you're in a special high risk flood area and seeking a mortgage from a federally regulated or insured lender.
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I'm not aware of any gov requirement for flood insurance. Some insurance policies require it as a pre-prequisite. And mortgages typically require insurance. But you can choose to participate in all that or not. It's up to you.
If your mortgage is insured by the SBA, Dept of Ag, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, etc. and the project is in a flood zone, it is federal law.

https://www.fema.gov/faq-details/Flo...ce-Requirement
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Pulling hydrocarbons out of the ground and burning them faster than they are regenerated is not sustainable no matter what causality of climate change you subscribe to.

Hydrocarbons will outlast me so why should I care? The air will be breathable as long as I'm around so it shouldn't concern me. I live in an area that will likely benefit from climate change so I'm going to drive my big SUV around as much as possible to hurry it along. I should probably continue to live my life as I see fit without regard to what affect it may have after I am dead and gone.
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Previous multi thousand year phase of humans owning Earth has been layered with uncontrolled, helter skelter, do-as-you-please antics. Nothing really wrong with that - Cause, after all ...civilization was recently [few thousand years ago] in its cave dwelling infancy. We're just now emerging out of childhood... becoming mid teens! What an inventive party our last couple hundred years have been. We became pass-out drunk on the inventive successes we developed and utilized.

The next phase of human race "ownership" ... regarding this beautiful planet we live on:

Humanly-assisted "positive prone" manipulation of climate temperatures and weather conditions by atmospheric content regulations that help stabilize Earth's seasons, storms and temperatures.

Earth is our "House". We can control its environmental conditions... and we need to if we want civilization to prosper for thousands of years longer.

We've already controlled many environmental conditions... however we did so by blind actions that created "negative prone" manipulation. That is what greatly assisted Earth's climate and ecosphere to become tenuous at best for continued long term life giving environmental opportunities.

Human race is at a turning point. Either we own up to the need for us to "inventively" work alongside [in coincidence with] Earth's inherent nature conditions for maintaining life-giving eco-systemic properties or else we will likely perish.

That's it in an nut shell folks! Grin and bear it. We can accomplish assistance for maintaining Earth's "Natural Living Conditions"... and, this all will have resoundingly great results. But, it will take some clear actions as well as work... for many decades into the future. Much employment will be created and new global industries will spring up.

When I'm free to let you all know more about what I have and do I'll open things up. Currently other persons and I are strictly held in trade secret abeyance.
?..... Then why mention it? Matter of fact can you put the above in plain English?

What does "Humanly-assisted "positive prone" manipulation of climate temperatures and weather conditions by atmospheric content regulations that help stabilize Earth's seasons, storms and temperatures" mean?

Heck, I'm an engineer and I cannot de-cipher that paragraph.
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Hydrocarbons will outlast me so why should I care? The air will be breathable as long as I'm around so it shouldn't concern me. I live in an area that will likely benefit from climate change so I'm going to drive my big SUV around as much as possible to hurry it along. I should probably continue to live my life as I see fit without regard to what affect it may have after I am dead and gone.
Just curious, but if we spend a few trillion reducing average global temperatures by 1/5th of one degree by 2100 and those trillions aren't spent on education, healthcare, disease research, or eliminating malnutrition should you care about that?

Cost to eliminate malaria worldwide: $8.5 billion https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25551454

Cost to eliminate malnutrition over the next 10 years: $70 billion http://www.bread.org/blog/ending-malnutrition-what-cost

Cost of tax payer subsidies for wind power in the U.S. since 2007: $176 billion Wind Energy Subsidies: Billions and Billions of Your Tax Dollars | National Review
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?..... Then why mention it? Matter of fact can you put the above in plain English?

What does "Humanly-assisted "positive prone" manipulation of climate temperatures and weather conditions by atmospheric content regulations that help stabilize Earth's seasons, storms and temperatures" mean? Tax it?

Heck, I'm an engineer and I cannot de-cipher that paragraph.
That would be the opposite of "negative prone" manipulation. I think.
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Ted, there are computer models that demonstrate human causation. Of course, those models are by definition based on what the UN calls "simplifying assumptions" because we lack the computing power to model the atmosphere at a level of granularity that is needed to describe a chaotic system. One of those simplifying assumptions is an estimated value of how sensitive the atmosphere is to a doubling of CO2. Since none of the models' predictions match observational reality, that value is either wrong, or negative feedbacks are not adequately addressed in the models. Probably a combination of both, but the idea that this is "settled science" is a political, not a scientific statement because no honest scientist would say that failed predictive models describe reality. And, I'm sure it would increase everyone's confidence in the science if climate scientists weren't continually caught fiddling with the data to make it point to a desired conclusion.
Great statement! And since an algorithm is a set of rules we humans create to determine an outcome we are looking for its flawed from the start. It would take many hundreds (maybe thousands) of years of experience to write the rule set for a calculated outcome. We have no such experience. Once there is a consensus then science left the room! At best climate science is a SWAG!
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Those fond of impenetrable language, especially from Government, might enjoy "Utopia". Try www.abc.com.au and search for it. It`s satire from the mythical "Nation Building Authority", which well knows all Govt wants is an amazing project to announce (an "announceable") in terms as devoid of meaning as possible, knowing that actually building anything would be deemed failure.
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