2015 Climate Commenter of the Year

It’s Almost Iowa. This year’s award for Commenter of the Year was judged a bit differently than previous awards (last year went to consensus commenter Hank Roberts). Almost Iowa won the day almost exclusively based on comments here.

Star commenter

Almost Iowa came up with gems such as ‘Merchants of Doom’ to describe Naomi Oreskes and her ilk. He felt free to disagree with me on issues of substance, but always maintained a friendly disposition about it.

Almost Iowa also came up with suggested topics and provided a lot of very useful information. Here he is on one of the Alaskan towns being evacuated, ostensibly because of climate change: “here we go again. The very name of the town reeks of government boondoggle. Tok is the Yupik name for place, thus NewTok is a “new” place.

In 1959, the government decided that the Yupik, who were nomadic, needed a permanent place to live. The town site was then selected, not by the Yupik people but by bureaucrats who needed barge access on Ninglick River to haul in westernized building materials. At the time, the English speaking southerners failed to understand that heated structures quickly fail by melting into the permafrost (which is why the pipeline and all buildings in the arctic are elevated). They also had little experience in building roads, landing strips and garbage pits in the delicate arctic environment. The people of Newtok are now paying the wages of all of these sins.

If it is climate change….. it is only ten acres of warming.

The Army Corps of Engineers, the State of Alaska and Bureau of Indian Affairs has all written extensively on what caused the problems at Newtok and all have concluded it was poor siting and inappropriate construction techniques. The New York Times knows this, The Atlantic knows this. The Guardian know this but they all continue to flog the climate change angle despite the facts.”

And on May 19th of last year, when I asked the following: “Let’s say we knew without a doubt that anthropogenic influences meant that temperatures were going to rise 2C over the course of this century. Please take a minute to marshal your list of what we would do to either prevent it or adapt to it before, during and after. Order your list–what’s the first thing you would have us do? What’s next?

Now let’s imagine that we learned that our treatment of the planet meant that temperatures were going to rise by 3C over the same period. What would we do differently? I have asked this question repeatedly without anyone ever giving an answer. And for 4C–same question.”

Almost Iowa was first out of the blocks and provided the most responsive answer to the question:

“When you ask, what is the first thing, I take that literally, what can we do in the next hour to mitigate adverse greenhouse gas emissions.

[2C]
1) The president goes on television and announced a goal of having 10% of the workforce telecommute. The ripple affect would be tremendous, anyone who lives in a metro area knows the difference between summer (vacation time) driving and the traffic when school is in session.
2) Conversion of all coal-fired power plants to natural gas. accelerated roll-out of nuclear.
3) CAFE standard of 70 MPG (Yes, it is doable).
4) Energy standards for all devices powered by electricity.
5) Beefed up funding for alternative energy R & D.

[3C]
1) Workforce telecommuting goal of 30%
2) Conversion of all coal-fired power plants to natural gas. accelerated roll-out of nuclear.
3) CAFE standard of 70 MPG (Yes, it is doable).
4) Modification of protection for specified patents, like hybrid technology, to allow licensing but not competitive advantage.
5) Energy standards for all devices powered by electricity.
6) Beefed up funding for alternative energy R & D.

[4C]
1) Restriction on all unnecessary travel. Workforce telecommuting goal of everyone who can. Banning of all unnecessary air travel.
2) Conversion of coal-fired power plants to natural gas, accelerated roll-out of nuclear.
3) CAFE standard of 70 MPG (Yes, it is doable). Removal of all vehicles that do not comply with CAFE standards within 5 years.
4) Modification of protection for specified patents, like hybrid technology, to allow licensing but not competitive advantage.
5) Incorporation of solar technology into building materials.
6) Energy standards for all devices powered by electricity. Restrictions on air conditioning.
7) Manhattan project-type funding for alternative energy R & D.”

https://thelukewarmersway.wordpress.com/2015/05/19/climate-questions-that-never-get-answered/#comment-7643

Congratulations, Almost Iowa. The first round is on you!

7 responses to “2015 Climate Commenter of the Year

  1. Congrats to Almost Iowa! Do also visit his fine website.

  2. On those rare occasions that I am recognized for anything other than the guy who walks his dog four miles a day, I respond with this:

    “As a true Midwesterner, I am torn by recognition. After years of frantically waving my arms and yelling, “Look at me! Look at me!”, I am utterly devastated that someone has.

    It’s unnerving and I don’t quite know what to do about it, other than mutter a meek, Thank You.”

    My interest in climate science kicked into high gear because of ClimateGate and specifically, the scandal explicit in “hide the decline”. I have worked in criminal justice for close to thirty years, eighteen of which were for The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (in IT). I could not imagine what would have happened to one of my colleagues who hid exculpatory evidence so as not to “confuse” a jury.

    Although I am all for preserving the environment, I have little sympathy for strident environmentalism and although, having worked for government, I am all for limited government, I have little sympathy for the magical thinking of libertarians.

    So in spite of Tom being wrong as often as his is🙂, I feel at home among the lukewarmers.

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