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  • Alaska Trip Helps High School Students Learn About Climate Change   2 weeks 5 days ago

    The folks who don't or won't understand atmospheric patterns will try to declare that it's somehow proof that the planet's not warming.

    Really? Tells us, who has declared that? Another of your baseless strawman accusations.

  • Alaska Trip Helps High School Students Learn About Climate Change   2 weeks 5 days ago

    Agreed, Lee. Another definition is 'that sand that rubs you inside the wet waistband of your swimsuit'.

  • Alaska Trip Helps High School Students Learn About Climate Change   2 weeks 5 days ago

    It appears that a new polar vortex is setting up. Here's a prediction. The folks who don't or won't understand atmospheric patterns will try to declare that it's somehow proof that the planet's not warming.

    But satellite thermal images show something different. Remember the warmer and dryer than normal weather we experienced in the west last winter? Take a look at the image here and note that as the vortex pushes south in the middle of the country, it simultaneously pulls warmer, dryer air north on both its western and eastern peripheries. One thing that's easy to foget it the fact that all the circulation patterns of our atmosphere are interrelated and interconnected. Colder weather in one place will often mean warmer weather somewhere else.

    Then we also need to recall that weather and climate are NOT the same. Now let's see if I can successfully post the satellite image here.

  • Alaska Trip Helps High School Students Learn About Climate Change   2 weeks 5 days ago

    Oh, and I'm not sure that the monies to Alaskan citizens isn't currying favor. What is the purpose of the distribution? luring residents? Bribing ones there to tolerate drilling?

  • Alaska Trip Helps High School Students Learn About Climate Change   2 weeks 5 days ago

    Looks like people are still being suckered into trying to reason with trolls. What a waste. Even without reading them, I'm sure most of us could pretty well recite from memory the gibberish they contain.

    Try the IGNORE button. It certainly makes life a lot more peaceful and allows one to concentrate on the posts that have some value behind them.

    Trouble is, the more people respond to trolling, the fewer and farther between those posts become.

    IGNORE the trolls and those who try to convince us they are self-proclaimed experts on EVERYTHING or those who continually toot tunes with only one note, and they just might dry up and blow away as the climate warms.

  • Alaska Trip Helps High School Students Learn About Climate Change   2 weeks 5 days ago

    Lee - you need to look up the definition of a troll. It is not "someone that disagrees with you, points out your unsubstantiated claims and is willing to discuss the issue".

  • Alaska Trip Helps High School Students Learn About Climate Change   2 weeks 5 days ago

    Kurt - You think Exxon is currying favor with contributions of $1,000 per year? Are they curryng favor with the $46 million they gave last year to precollege education? The $4 million to Arts and Culture? The $48 million to higher education. The $69 million to civic and community groups?

    My point with the PFDs was that $1,000 is nothing in the scheme of politics or political donations. The wave of victories including Inholf's had nothing to do with money - expect perhaps the money coming out of the voters pockets.

  • Alaska Trip Helps High School Students Learn About Climate Change   2 weeks 5 days ago

    Kurt - I've received two PFDs. I moved here in February and had to wait 23 months to qualify. I'm in my fourth year living here. And the dividend goes to all in the state who qualify regardless of politics. And, of course, this entire ad hominem diversion is pure red herring from the bought and paid for Inhofe.

  • Alaska Trip Helps High School Students Learn About Climate Change   2 weeks 5 days ago

    C'mon, EC, that's a benefit of living in Alaska, not an attempt to curry favor with Rick and his wife....

  • Alaska Trip Helps High School Students Learn About Climate Change   2 weeks 5 days ago

    Even bigger wow. I just went back and calculated the number. Since 1999 (including this years pending distribution) Rick and his wife have received over $23,400 EACH, from oil development in Alaska. I wonder how much of that they sent back. That's nearly 3x what Inhofe got from ExxonMobil. I guess Rick and his wife must be in Exxon's pocket.

  • Alaska Trip Helps High School Students Learn About Climate Change   2 weeks 5 days ago

    So now we're down to debating whether or not mankind is an accelerant.

    That has always been the debate - whether he contributes (is an accelerant) and if so, by how much. Glad to see you are finally catching up.

    ExxonMobil has contributed over $16,000 since 1999.

    Wow! That's $1,000 a year. That's less than what you and your wife have received from ExxonMobil (and other oil companies) over the same period.

    The Koch's bought and paid for Senator Inhofe

    I wonder why their money was so much more powerful that that of Steyer, Bloomberg, Robertson, Soros, the SEIU and labor unions? I see, like Obama, you are in denial. You can't admit the elections were a repudiation of the policies of the last 6 years and need to find some other lame excuse.

    must have been a marvelous experience for these kids to travel to Alaska and see these marvelous sights.

    On that I agree.

  • Alaska Trip Helps High School Students Learn About Climate Change   2 weeks 5 days ago

    Back on ignore. Useless.

  • Alaska Trip Helps High School Students Learn About Climate Change   2 weeks 5 days ago

    By the way, all partisan sniping aside, I think we all have to agree that this must have been a marvelous experience for these kids to travel to Alaska and see these marvelous sights.

  • Alaska Trip Helps High School Students Learn About Climate Change   2 weeks 5 days ago

    LOL! I thought you AGW believers said the rate of sea level rise has been increasing, sure looks pretty linear to me.

  • Alaska Trip Helps High School Students Learn About Climate Change   2 weeks 5 days ago

    So now we're down to debating whether or not mankind is an accelerant.

    On one hand is anyone not in thrall of the corporate America who has open eyes. On the other hand is my old stubborn mule I named "Box o' Rocks", refusing to budge. I don't need a 'model' to notice what happens when I throw a cup of kerosene on the campfire.

    Congratulations, by the way. The Koch's bought and paid for Senator Inhofe [Inhofe has received $1,189,050 in political contributions from the coal and oil industry. One of his top contributors is Koch Industries ($62,750 since 1999). ExxonMobil has contributed over $16,000 since 1999.] is now likely to be in charge of the Environment and Public Works commitee. It's like naming Ronald McDonald as your nuitrition consultant.

  • Alaska Trip Helps High School Students Learn About Climate Change   2 weeks 5 days ago

    , but some people continue to stretch their imaginations to come up with incredible reasons why they don’t believe in climate change

    Who? Who claims that climate doesn't change? I suspect your answer will be as empty as Lee's.

  • Alaska Trip Helps High School Students Learn About Climate Change   2 weeks 5 days ago

    On Climate Change Deniers Displaying their Ignorance of Understanding basic Science:

    http://www.examiner.com/article/climate-change-deniers-display-their-ignorance?cid=PROD-redesign-right-next

    Present -Day Earth's Atmosphere with 7.5 Billion Humans burning fossil fuels is Not the same as an early Earth's Atmospheric Chemistry with only Neanderthals and other primates discovering fire. (now there is over 160 yrs. of increasing CO2 and otherGreenhouse Gas Data)

    November 5, 20145:10 PM MST

    Global Average Sea Level Change compared to Greenhouse Gas Concentrations

    Global Average Sea Level Change compared to Greenhouse Gas ConcentrationsIPCC

    It is amazing how many people deliberately ignore the scientific facts in the Climate Change 2014 Synthesis Report, issued by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

    The report contains 116 pages of data that prove unequivocally that climate change is real, but some people continue to stretch their imaginations to come up with incredible reasons why they don’t believe in climate change

    One reader even posted this ignorant comment on the article UN Report Slams Those Who Deny Climate Change.

    “I suppose the rise in oceans that sank part of London was caused by SUV's during the medieval period. Or the Yellow River in China, centuries of flooding but just now being caused by human consumption of fossil fuels.”

    Historically, London sank in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance because it had been built on unstable land. The land under London was initially drained by the Romans and then drained again in the Middle Ages, and again in the 1630s. Draining the land was a success in that people could build on the land. But draining also had the roots of their own demise. Dry soil shrinks. The level of the land sank, and eventually became inundated with water.

    So it is pure ignorance to claim that global warming does not exist because the land under London sank in the Middle Ages. But that is what some global warming deniers have been reduced to as they scramble to ignore scientific reality and justify their gas-guzzling lifestyle.

    Visit http://www.examiner.com/article/climate-change-deniers-display-their-ignorance?cid=PROD-redesign-right-next for The Rest of the Story

  • Alaska Trip Helps High School Students Learn About Climate Change   2 weeks 5 days ago

    predictable squacking of the ideologues.

    Yes, even so we should listen to what Lee, Jim, Gary, rmackie, justin, Rick et al say without calling them names or questioning their motives.

    BTW - arson investigators have models that work. The AGW climatologists don't.

  • Alaska Trip Helps High School Students Learn About Climate Change   2 weeks 5 days ago

    Erosion at Shishmaref is somewhat unique along the islands because of its fetch exposure and high tidal prism, relatively intense infrastructure development during the 20th century, and because of multiple shoreline defense structures emplaced since the 1970s.

    Erosion rates along the island front exceed (and are not comparable with) those along adjacent sectors. Erosion is occurring along the entire island chain, but it is exacerbated at Sarichef Island [where Shishmaref is located] in part because of the hydrographic impacts of hard armoring of a sandy shoreface and permafrost degradation that is accelerated by infrastructure.

    http://www.arctic.noaa.gov/detect/human-shishmaref.shtml

  • Alaska Trip Helps High School Students Learn About Climate Change   2 weeks 5 days ago

    I'm with Jim, above, about the predictable squacking of the ideologues.

    Come on up here and live here for a while, see the changes as they occur. Or, instead, sit at home in a randian selfish world.

    Global climate change does occur naturally. It does. The only thing is, the effects of mankind on it, just like gasoline to a campfire, is an ACCELLERANT. Arson investigators look for it; so do climatologists.

  • Alaska Trip Helps High School Students Learn About Climate Change   2 weeks 5 days ago

    Ignorance is bliss. So, let me get this straight - the rest of us should put our blind trust and knowledge with those that have lived all their lives in a warm humid sweltering climate where it rarely if ever snows during winter, and glaciation has never occurred in their backyard for at least 100,000 years? We should put our "faith" with a man that has never seen a glaciated moraine field, let alone studied one, simply because he wants us to find it easier to spout the mantra that "global warming science is a fraud"? We should also disregard the knowledge of those actually looking at the empirical evidence put together by scientists studying climate science? Yep... I think i'll stick with the knoweldge obtained from those that actually study climate change and are up close in the fields of the arctic, and places like Glacier National Park. Thanks for the laugh, Beach. I'll plan this winter to do some snowshoeing in the warm dry sand at Cape Hatteras and pretend i'm actually in Alaska, ok?

  • Alaska Trip Helps High School Students Learn About Climate Change   2 weeks 5 days ago

    I am all for educational programs, would have loved to participate and they should have been establish long ago. But not something with an agenda driven by the criminal fraud called Climate Change. Might as well call it Junk Science Academy.

    Not seen the curriculum and I have not been to been to those villages that have severe erosion problems, but I have spent plenty of time on seashores to know how man made shoreline hardening usually doesn't work and exacerbates erosion. A hard lesson learned but blaming it on AGW is fantasy...

  • Alaska Trip Helps High School Students Learn About Climate Change   2 weeks 5 days ago

    Ron, Thunderbear's account of your pit bull encounter is some fine reading. Are you still hauling the beast around?

  • Alaska Trip Helps High School Students Learn About Climate Change   2 weeks 5 days ago

    It would be wonderful to be one of those folks who are experts on EVERYTHING.

    For those of us who aren't, we can just hope that sensible people prevail.

    But what a wonderful opportunity for these youngsters. Let's hope there will be more and more who will be able to follow and have similar experiences.

  • Alaska Trip Helps High School Students Learn About Climate Change   2 weeks 5 days ago

    And yet another thread with comments that blur science with ideological assaults on science as a legitimate division of kowledge. Long live the Science/Culture Wars . . .