Bloomberg wants to get New York off fossil fuels, like they were in late October and much of November.
And don’t forget, on March 23rd, 8:30pm, we have “earth hour”.
If you live in an area that was hit by superstorm Sandy, and your power has been restored, please shut it back off for an hour.
The problem is, on March 29th, James Hansen celebrates his 72nd birthday. The candles on his cake will probably put more CO2 into the air than me leaving my lights on for an hour.
“Bloomberg wants to get New York off fossil fuels, like they were in late October and much of November.”
Works for me, but how about Nik?
We’ll turn off the coal and gas generated juice and since the two Indian Point nuke reactors on a good day can only supply 30% of the NYC electrical demand, how about we send it to Staten Island and Queens while Brooklyn, the Bronx and Manhattan stay dark. That would be quite interesting.
What say you Nik?
The transition is extremely abrupt when I need a break from my daily grind here in my Space Station of a fabrication studio where I’m learning new ways to make jewelry using metal powders and often quick-scan skeptical blogs as little Internet breaks but finally I take a nice stroll outside from the Columbia area down through the Upper West Side before night falls. The transition is from major bum out to that of bright-eyed smiling people in cafe windows and shops. It cheers me up immensely, for I do not see genocidal scowls, budding Nazis, or even the minor teeth gnashing caused by Bush derangement syndrome.
The over-specialization of science has reached such an extreme that one branch of it did not suffer a healthy backlash when it went rogue. As the temperature refuses to cooperate with their theory, the issue will self-correct, resulting in quite a backlash indeed and much greater rigor will become the norm again. That almost all scientific bodies still support the theory is a glitch in history but one that fully exonerates mere politicians who rely on those organizations for policy advice. That Republicans who have a strong history of attacking science coupled to the entire history of Vatican attacks on science now means that their support of skepticism makes it less practical for anybody on the alarmist side to stick their neck out any more. However, Republican opposition instead of former support (!) for carbon taxes and UN treaties means that the US has advantageously avoided European style economic ruin. In our lifetime the computer and Internet arose and Legos and Tinker Toys are being replaced by advanced robotics.
And soon it will be spring.
Correction to revisionist leftist history…
“The relationship between the Roman Catholic Church and science is a widely debated subject. The church has been called “probably the largest single and longest-term patron of science in history.” It has founded schools and universities and conducted medical and other scientific research over many centuries. Catholic scientists, both clergymen and religious sisters as well as lay people, have led scientific discovery in many fields. In his 1996 encyclical Fides et Ratio Pope John Paul II wrote that “Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth.” Conversely, the conflict thesis, was developed in the United States in the 19th century and retains some pop-culture currency. It proposed an intrinsic intellectual conflict between the Church and science.
Even before the development of modern scientific method, Catholic theology did not insist on a literal interpretation of biblical text that might, as St Augustine wrote in the 5th century, contradict what can be established by science or reason, thus Catholicism has been able to reinterpret scripture in light of scientific discovery.
The Catholic contribution to the development of the sciences has been formidable. From ancient times, Christian emphasis on practical charity gave rise to the development of systematic nursing and hospitals and the Church remains the single greatest private provider of medical care and research facilities in the world. Following the Fall of Rome, monasteries and convents remained the last bastions of scholarship in Western Europe. During the Middle Ages, the Church founded a well integrated international network of Cathedral schools and Europe’s first universities, producing a fine array of scholars like Robert Grosseteste, Albert the Great, Roger Bacon and Thomas Aquinas who helped establish scientific method. During this period, the Church was also a great patron of engineering for the construction of elaborate cathedral architecture.
Since the Renaissance, Catholic scientists (many of them clergymen) have been credited as fathers of a diverse range of scientific fields – including physics (Galileo), acoustics (Mersenne), mineralogy (Agricola), modern chemistry (Lavoisier), modern anatomy (Vesalius), stratigraphy (Steno), bacteriology (Kircher and Pasteur), genetics (Mendel), analytical geometry (Descartes), heliocentric cosmology (Copernicus) atomic theory (Bošković) and the Big Bang Theory on the origins of the universe (Lemaître). Jesuits devised modern lunar nomenclature and stellar classification and some 35 craters of the moon are named after Jesuits, among whose great scientific polymaths were Francesco Grimaldi and Giambattista Riccioli. The Jesuits also introduced Western science to India and China and translated local texts to be sent to Europe for study. Missionaries contributed significantly to the fields of anthropology, zoology and botany during Europe’s Age of Discovery. The Church’s patronage of sciences continues through elite institutions like the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and Vatican Observatory.”
Another pile of BS from our government run education system, the church has advanced science more than any other entity. I really tire of having to correct ‘educated’ people.
Reblogged this on Climate Ponderings.
Hello NikFromNYC, do you have to handle heavy metals like mercury and lead ?
Anyway are you for New York abolishing the use of fossil fuels or not? It’s just that I’m not sure from the answer you gave.
tckev, I had the same feeling…
“…a fabrication studio where I’m learning new ways to make jewelry using metal powders…”
Mercury and lead vapors can really scramble the braincells.
Nik’s cryptic posts have been hard to decipher.
I hope he’s been wearing a mask.
Yep, after many years of soldering with lead solders, safety people have finally said that I can’t use it (even on the mil. spec. and medical equipment)
and I have to wear a mask now.
Too late I think.
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