I’ve been reading Climate Denial Crock of the Week for at least a year or more now and it’s truly an excellent resource. There’s great information there on renewable energy and how we can and are (albeit slowly) moving away from fossil fuels mixed in with some all around solid journalism – something of a rare commodity these days and is well worth your time.
As the name of Peter Sinclair’s blog indicates, he also deals with climate denial head on. He has a series of videos on YouTube which quite simply rip to shreds just about every climate change denial myth you’ve heard of.
If you’re looking for ammo to combat the climate change denial nonsense that a friend, co-worker or loved one is spouting, like they had their own show on Fox “News” – this should be one of your first stops along the way. Heck, just check it out to learn more about the whole issue, you have nothing to lose but ignorance.
The fun doesn’t end there either, a chap who goes by the handle of potholer54 on YouTube has a number of fantastic videos on science, evolution, climate change and other subjects. These are just two of many fine examples of the internet fulfilling the hope that it would be used to distribute knowledge, reason and enlightenment…sadly what can be used for good can also be used for evil…like Conservapedia for example. *shudder*
The reason I mention all this is because of a recent article that was posted about how a warmer world impacts our ability to generate power the conventional way. Freshwater is used in massive amounts to cool traditional power plants (coal, gas & nuclear) – turns out warm river water isn’t that great for cooling things down and you can’t just start flooding a river with boiling water whenever it’s convenient for you. Behold! The liberal bias of physics, chemistry and biology being leveraged by the fragility of life and it’s demonic agenda!
I’m expecting that piece of environmental legislation to come under fire from Republican/Tea-Party-Wingnuts in the U.S. sooner rather than later. The last number of years really has been quite the fall from grace for the states – it’s being gutted by those who claim to love it the most – it’s really fucking twisted. Kinda like a rapist who claims to love you while violating you at the same time, this is effectively what they’re doing to their country. As a Canadian, I tend to look at the U.S. as a sibling, we (more or less) have the same “parents”, though our relationships with them are very different. We’re similar in many ways, but like siblings we also have our stark differences. At the moment, I’d equate it to watching your older brother or sister self-destruct – it’s a painful thing to watch. They’d do well to remember what John Adams said about facts and how they are, indeed, stubborn things…but I digress.
Back on topic, power plants have difficulty producing power at full capacity during prolonged periods of warm weather…like heat waves. This is due to the fact that the rivers they get the water to cool the reactors from are warmer than normal as a consequence of said heat wave. Which makes for a bit of a double whammy considering how much power air conditioning uses and how heavily it’s used during summer in general and, you know, heat waves.
The hits for nuclear power keep on coming. Meanwhile, wind turbines, solar power arrays, geothermal, hydroelectric keep on churning out power as if nothing is wrong. The same was true in Japan during the earthquakes and tsunami that took out the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant – while Fukushima exploded, burned and melted down (causing all manner of catastrophe and binding the Japanese to decades of commitment to clean up said mess), the nearby turbine blades kept on spinning, and still are by the way.