posted on Feb, 13 2013 @ 03:21 AM
Originally posted by Phage
reply to post by jdub297
From what I can see it is scientists who are trying to characterize what is happening to climate and why.
Sadly, media and politicians and AGW advocates have little room for scientists whose "characterizations" do not fit the accepted dogma. True
scientists do not fear skepticism or falsifiability.
It is only politicians who have any ability to do anything about it.
How sadly narrow-minded. Politicians have generally stood in the way of progress, instead of being in the vanguard.
Ptolemy, Aristotle, Newton, Galileo, Freud, Darwin and Einstein were not politicians; but revolutionized science and society.
So far none seem to have been very successful.
Politicians, by definition, pander to popular opinion, fears and hysteria.
Interesting though, alternative energy sources seem to be coming into vogue. Perhaps because as the technology improves they become competitive
with the increasing costs of fossil fuels.
Cost-control is the greatest means of increasing profit margins. Energy is a large component of the cost of production. Conservation and efficiency
drive commerce. Manpower gave way to animals; animals gave way to water, water gave way to steam, steam to electricity, et c. Alternative energy will
become competitive only after fossil fuel economics/efficiency has reached its limit.
Are oil companies pricing themselves out of the market?
No. At present, U. S. oil subsidies total $2.5 billion. "Renewable" subsidies total $16.9 billion. Government policies are pricing oil "out of the
Is that a bad thing?
Yes. Market distortions due to political preferences are "a bad thing."