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beachcomber9572 4 posts  |  Last Activity: Jul 18, 2014 10:39 AM Member since: May 7, 2004
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    Iowa Poll: Hillary Clinton 45% - Rand Paul 45%

    by falcons1133 Jul 18, 2014 8:44 AM
    beachcomber9572 beachcomber9572 Jul 18, 2014 10:39 AM Flag

    Clearly, you haven't been to New Hampshire.

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    A reason for global warming...

    by william_tarasen Jun 10, 2014 1:09 PM
    beachcomber9572 beachcomber9572 Jun 11, 2014 12:02 PM Flag

    Oh boy. If you don't understand science, please don't talk about it. The article you cite is referencing about the fact that over cosmic timescales, stars increase their energy output (prior to burning out). Therefore, even planets that start out in a habitable zone around them don't necessarily stay there. Since intelligent life takes a long time to show up (at least, it did in our case) many planets may "time out" of the habitable zone before it happens.

    These kinds of changes are much bigger than anthropogenic climate change, which will be inconvenient for us but will be a pretty trivial matter in a geologic or cosmic sense (even if it got so out of control it killed off humans, which it won't). They also happen on timescales that don't matter to any of us (i.e., maybe we'd see a meaningful difference in 100,000,000 years, but our civilization has only been here for 10,000 so far).

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    Very good news on AGW

    by jwogdn Jun 10, 2014 4:53 PM
    beachcomber9572 beachcomber9572 Jun 11, 2014 11:31 AM Flag

    Maybe you should have read the rest of that article. I did. Skip forward a couple of paragraphs from your quote and you'll find this:

    "An alternative way of looking at the pause’s significance was to say that there had been a slowdown but not a big one. Most records, including one of the best known (kept by Britain’s Meteorological Office), do not include measurements from the Arctic, which has been warming faster than anywhere else in the world. Using satellite data to fill in the missing Arctic numbers, Kevin Cowtan of the University of York, in Britain, and Robert Way of the University of Ottawa, in Canada, put the overall rate of global warming at 0.12°C a decade between 1998 and 2012—not far from the 1990s rate."

    Also, the article goes on the explain the complexities of heat storage in the upper portion of the Pacific ocean, and the interrelated cycles of El Nino, La Nina, and the Pacific Decadal Oscillation. Bottom line, the "pause" is at best a lucky fluke (or, more likely, just a statistical aberration) and not one we should expect to continue.

    In short, the Economist has consistently taken the position the human influence on climate is an established fact, and that what we need to concern ourselves with is striking the correct balance of costs and benefits in efforts to reduce carbon buildup in the atmosphere. You are being disingenuous with their intentions by quoting out of context.

  • beachcomber9572 by beachcomber9572 May 21, 2014 5:03 PM Flag

    Looks like we have a deal in hand with Exxon for an asset swap. It appears to be exactly what has been widely predicted- Linn gives up land in the Permian basin in exchange for established, low-decline wells elsewhere. I haven't run the numbers yet, but at a glance it looks like a reasonably good deal. My thanks to management for the quick turnaround- I was not expecting anything definitive for weeks or months yet.

    Sentiment: Buy

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