One of the ideas that gets mentioned in energy policy sound bites is “clean coal,” but what is entailed in cleaning up coal is not detailed. In The Resilient Earth we described coal as the most dangerous energy source on the planet—why? In Chapter 17, in the section titled Coal's False Promise we explain why coal is best left buried in the earth, where the efforts of millions of years of active geology has placed it.
I think this weeks Crank of the Week selection comes as little surprise to anyone who has been following the energy bill “debate” in the US House and Senate. Last week it was the irascible Harry Reid, Democratic Senate Majority leader, who won the title of outstanding crank. This week it is Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's turn in the spotlight.
Looking over the people who have been named Crank of the Week on this website it would appear that we are anti-Democrat or at least right wingers—this is not the case. We are equal opportunity debunkers of muzzy headed thinking and to prove it here is a collection of short takes on dumb ideas that span the political spectrum.
For crankiness above and beyond the call of duty the Crank of the Week this week is none other than that dower old school-master, Harry Reid, US Senate Majority Leader. On July 24, 2008, Harry Reid threw a little temper tantrum at a press conference, along with his co-conspirators Dick Durbin, Chuck Schumer and Patty Murray. After one of his usual tirades against Republicans and anyone else who disagrees with him, he then turned his anger on the stalwart members of the fourth estate. He accused the media of not relaying news stories properly.
Pelosi, "The 3rd most powerful person in the world," (her words) proved how stupid she really is when her own fellow Dems avoided her like the plague when she proposed tapping into the Strategic Petroleum Reserves. There was nothing strategic about her proposal, but she got an inch or two in A16 in some lib newspapers. "The 3rd most powerful person in the world" must feel pretty bad having gained the lowest approval rating for Congress in our country's history. But then, why should she care? She has her own Boeing 707 to commute between DC and California.
Lest you think that this site is all doom and gloom, concerned only with debunking eco-naysayers and energy illiterate politicians, this post contains some items of good news. As mentioned elsewhere on this site, Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens has kicked off a gigantic wind power project in the Texas panhandle, accompanied by a number of high-impact TV ads that seem to be aimed at moving the US Congress off its duff.
One of the central points presented in The Resilient Earth is the fundamental immaturity of climate science and how unreasonable it is to ask for accurate predictions working from the current state of both climate theory and available data. We used the formulation of the three pillars of science—theory, experiment and computation—as the framework of our argument. As an example why we take this stand consider a recent article in the journal Science.
Doug Hoffman and I wrote "The Resilient Earth" to educate a mass audience about the wonders and complexities of Earth and its ever-changing climate. If you click on 'The Book' in the upper right hand corner, you will see, for now anyway, the whole show. Read a few chapters and give us your thoughts.
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