Global warming & petroleum dependence

Note from November 2007: This was originally posted on a blog of mine that was hosted on Blogger. I’ve since imported that blog over here to C Good’s Things on WordPress.

I think global climate change may be a real phenomena, but I am not sure if it is overall warming, I am not at all sure if it is entirely or even mostly the fault of humans, and I am very skeptical of those who claim to have all the solutions.

I am going to post links to reports of wild and not-very-warm weather here on this blog, rather than my engineering blog, because the discussion of global warming tends to attract more people with opinions than people with facts. And, since this blog is for my more opinionated pieces and most of my posts on global warming will probably be a bit opinionated, it seems that Political Peacocks is the place for me to post.

Anyway, here is a story, titled “Colo., Kan. Digging Out From Blizzard”, by Jon Sarche, Associated Press Writer, published on on January 1, 2007, about the recent blizzards that affected Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, the Oklahoma panhandle, and a lot of places inbetween. To sum up this story and others on the same topic: a lot of snow got dumped on a lot of people, ten people died, lots of roads and highways were shut down for a few days, a lot of people lost electrical power for a while, and the whole situation was generally miserable.

And here is an article in the OpinionJournal, titled “Gentlemen, Start Your Plug-Ins” by R. James Woolsey, published January 1, 2007, about new hybrid technologies for cars. There is a lot of work going on, and I am really excited about the possibility of using electricity during off-peak hours. I also think it would be a good thing for the whole world (if a bit painful in the short term) if we found a way to quite being dependent on a naturally-occurring substance that naturally occurs in the greatest quantities right in an area inhabited by some of the less rational examples of humanity and less tolerant examples of human culture.

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