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  • By Tom DiChristopher

    Energy Secretary Rick Perry told CNBC on Monday he does not believe carbon dioxide emissions from human activity are the main driver of climate change, joining the EPA administrator in ca […]

    • Rick Perry has a degree in animal science. That is all. Nothing to indicate he is an expert on atmospheric warming. Other than personally contributing to hot air generation.

    • eejit replied 3 years ago

      No, most likely the primary control knob is the ocean waters and this environment that we live in.”

      What elegant science! What clarity of language and penetrating insight!

      “This idea that science is just absolutely settled and if you don’t believe it’s settled then somehow you’re another neanderthal, that is so inappropriate from my perspective.”

      With his insight into perspective he is indeed a veritable, human camera obscura. Well, obscure anyhow.

    • Those statements contradict the public stance of the Environmental Protection Agency,

      Not the relevant, what the media really need to be saying here is…”Those statements contradict all the evidence.”

    • Vicki replied 3 years ago

      …if there is a system of electric fueling points on the main
      motorway networks.

      If I was younger, I’d set up a charging station along with a restaurant. If it takes a minimum of 30 minutes to charge a car, I’ll bet I could make a killing in the restaurant!

    • Excellent

      Sell the idea to Denny’s.

      “Start the Day ReCharged.”

      Electricity $2.50 cost for 20kWh

      This might complement another renewable/circular energy business I once conceived. Fat has huge energy content. I thought putting a little power station next to each liposuction clinic…..

    • Rod- the point is not Perry’s lack of qualifications. While the finer points of climate science require a migraine-inducing tureen of Greek alphabet math soup, the basics are not that difficult to grasp. The point is that Perry and his ilk are being deliberately obtuse for the benefit of Adam Smith’s “vile masters of mankind.”

      Thanks to Fourier, we’ve known about the greenhouse effect for nearly 200 years. Thanks to Tyndall, we’ve known CO2 was one of the culprits for over 150 years. And not until the notion began to threaten the profits the Big Energy political-donor class, did bought-off buffoons like Perry rise up to question it.

    • rjohn19 #7
      Jun 22, 2017 at 12:18 am

      Rod- the point is not Perry’s lack of qualifications.

      The point is that Perry and his ilk are being deliberately obtuse for the benefit of Adam Smith’s “vile masters of mankind.”

      Indeed so!
      It is a common ploy of denialists and creationists, to ignore scientific methodology, revert to the “circular conclusions from biased preconceptions” of a faith-head science illiterate, and stick an asserted badge of science qualifications and “logic” on to the garbage, as a badge of false authority!

      This is well illustrated in the internet petitions signed by thousands of AGM denialists who have some unused or irrelevant science qualifications, but have not mastered the skill of identifying reputable information sources!
      (Hence their information comes from Faux News, Dimbart, or Infowhores!)

    • rod-the-farmer #2
      Jun 21, 2017 at 3:04 pm

      Rick Perry has a degree in animal science. That is all. Nothing to indicate he is an expert on atmospheric warming.

      I usually start a challenge with “science illiterate” – giving them the benefit of the doubt!

      I they want assert scientific competence, when asserting false information, and move to “knowingly corruptly dishonest”, I have no objection to them wearing that alternative label!

    • @Vicki

      If I was younger, I’d set up a charging station along with a restaurant. If it takes a minimum of 30 minutes to charge a car, I’ll bet I could make a killing in the restaurant!

      This is a great idea. If you have a look at the map of charging stations here in Australia, it’s piddlingly small. So there is a tremendous opportunity along these lines.

      In Australia many small town are in crisis because a major motorway will divert around a town that was on the route to a major city. It strikes me that this would be a small investment in the future to pull people back into a small town. If you are trying to drive from A to B in an electric car and you need to divert 5km off the motorway, you’ll now stop and charge and wander around the town buying lunch, visiting the local businesses. I would think that the money to fit some charger to a few power poles by the side of the road would be a small price to pay for future traffic.

      Although here in Australia because there are few charge points the car manufactures are often not marketing electric cars to us that are already freely available in Europe. Even when they do often we have to wait a couple of years more. This is largely because the charging infrastructure is not there yet in a very large country. However unlike going to a hydrogen fuel economy most of the infrastructure is already present, there are powerlines beside most motorways and highways in Australia so it is just a matter of hooking a charge point to one of these every 200km or so at first between the major cities. So far no one is visionary enough yet.

      Fully charged showed an excellent implementation of this technology where existing lamp posts are modified to also become charge points, instead of rigging the post with the connections to the Internet, so money can change hands, subscribers receive a charging cable with all this built in. This keeps the modifications to post itself minimal.

      here

      In Australia at least fuel stops are becoming massive complexes with built in McDonalds often as with such distances between major centers it is often necessary to break up a journey (this may be a global phenomenon) . This combined with the low profit margin for operators of fuel stations means the bulk of their profits come from people purchasing a pie, drink and chocy while purchasing fuel. So having a captive audience for 30mins seems a sound financial move especially if you are one of the first. And this will be all we need. Let’s say BP (who like to consider themselves an energy company now) put a single charge point on each of their big fuel stations and offered as you say somewhere nice and cool to sit and enjoy a nice coffee and a muffin or something. The market for electric cars in this country would explode, likewise the hassle of maintaining underground fuel tanks, pumps and having to re-fuel would be gradually phased out. Suburban fuel stations will probably become comparatively underutilized as people who own an electric car will likely charge at home, so you will be rely more on charging at home. Thus people who will be charging with you will be people caught low or more likely people who are not from your town and have had to drive their for business or are traveling through in either case they will likely need to hang about for 15-30 mins before going again. Makes sense to have some way of feeding them doesn’t it?

    • @OP – Asked whether CO2 emissions are primarily responsible for climate change, Perry told CNBC’s “Squawk Box”:
      “No, most likely the primary control knob is the ocean waters and this environment that we live in.”

      Which is either disingenuous, or pig ignorance, given that ocean absorption of heat and CO2 are some of the regulating factors in the carbon cycle which are being overloaded by man made CO2 releases.

      It is on a par with the lame-brain ignoramus claim: –
      “The climate has always changed – THEREFORE – there are no input causes identified by science – because I have no idea what I am talking about, due to lack of study, so everybody else must be as ignorant as I am and nobody knows how any of this works”!