Pirate’s Cove on Climate Change

William Teach at Pirate’s Cove has a long list of posts deconstructing the Climate Change cult, but this one is especially entertaining. And on point. Say, What Does Life Look Like After “Solving” Hotcoldwetdry?.

There’s been a concerted effort as of late by the Cult of Climastrology to attempt to paint the world after implementing tons and tons of Warmist policies as being a utopia. Here’s another

Anyway, I think it’s worth a bit of your time. If only for the green hammer and sickle he uses.

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Snowpack Above Average in California

I blame Global Warming. Or Climate Change. What the Latest Eastern Sierra Snowpack Measurement Means for the LA Aqueduct.

The final snowpack measurement in the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains showed levels well above average after winter’s unrelenting storms in California.

Snowpack is 162 percent of average over the entire state.

The only thing amazing about this story is that NBC Los Angeles has to define “aqueduct” in a city that has relied on an aqueduct for its drinking water for more than 20 years. They also feel they have to emphasize that snow melts in the spring, and note that gravity makes water run downhill. For that blinding ignorance, thank a teacher’s union.

Sixty-­six Million Years Ago, An Asteroid Changed The World

When I hear that the kids want to make the world a safe-space, I want to grab them by the throat and tell them to wake up. The Universe is filled with almost unimaginable violence. The Day the Dinosaurs Died.

The asteroid was vaporized on impact. Its substance, mingling with vaporized Earth rock, formed a fiery plume, which reached halfway to the moon before collapsing in a pillar of incandescent dust. Computer models suggest that the atmosphere within fifteen hundred miles of ground zero became red hot from the debris storm, triggering gigantic forest fires. As the Earth rotated, the airborne material converged at the opposite side of the planet, where it fell and set fire to the entire Indian subcontinent. Measurements of the layer of ash and soot that eventually coated the Earth indicate that fires consumed about seventy per cent of the world’s forests. Meanwhile, giant tsunamis resulting from the impact churned across the Gulf of Mexico, tearing up coastlines, sometimes peeling up hundreds of feet of rock, pushing debris inland and then sucking it back out into deep water, leaving jumbled deposits that oilmen sometimes encounter in the course of deep-sea drilling.

The damage had only begun.

I know you hated science in high-school, and you would have avoided it in college if they didn’t force to take Physics for Poets, or whatever it was called…. But go ahead and read the whole thing. You might learn something, and I promise it won’t hurt. Well, maybe just for a minute. (Hat tip to View From The Porch.)

OMG!!! Radiation!!!

In all the “Russia, Russia, Russia!” insanity leading up to March, I completely missed the anniversary of Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011. It was March 11, 2011, and of course the thing that people remember today is the damage done to the Fukushima Diiaichi power plant.

But not to worry, the media are still fear-mongering. Radioactive contamination from Fukushima has drifted as far north as a remote Alaskan island, scientists discover.

That’s a scary headline! Let’s all go hide in our fallout shelters. Or maybe not.

Cesium-137 levels some 3,000-times higher than those found in the Bering Sea are considered safe for human consumption under U.S. Environmental Protection Agency drinking water standards, officials said.

Say it again. Levels would need to be 3000 times HIGHER than they are to cause a health concern.

Now this is the Daily Mail, and that is as close to any real information that they want to get. Report the ACTUAL levels of radiation detected? Why would they do that? You might figure out there is nothing to be alarmed over.

Luckily there are more detail oriented media sources, like The Anchorage Daily News.

The tell-tale sample contained 2.4 becquerels per cubic meter, an “extremely low” amount that is thousands of times lower than what the EPA considers unsafe for drinking, Sea Grant’s statement said.

A becquerel is a unit of radioactivity in which 1 atom decays per second. The background radiation for Cesium-137 in that part of the world is ≤ 2.0 becquerels per cubic meter. (Which isn’t in the Anchorage article but in the scientific paper they link to.)

So before you jump head first into the “Radiation!!!” insanity – instigated by the linear no-threshold dose theory – consider that we can detect stupidly small amounts of radiation.

Some other links for your consideration.

That last one is telling.

1600 people died as a result of the panic. And the stress it induced. Panic on the part of the government. On the part of the people. And on the part of Americans and Europeans. Because it is easier to cave into fear than convince you that you don’t know squat about radiation.

Hospital ICUs were evacuated, and people died. Not from radiation. From the evacuation, which was panic driven, because people don’t understand the least little thing about radiation, and they don’t want to. In part, because talking about radiation involves math. It is easier to be afraid. It is easier for the media to try and make you afraid than it is for them to do anything useful.

Radiation is a matter of degree. A little or a lot makes a difference.

We live in a nuanced world of degree. Eating a scoop of ice cream is fine, eating a gallon at one time is bad. Jumping off a chair is no big deal; jumping off a cliff is really stupid. The numbers matter. It’s the dose that makes the poison. There is a threshold to everything.

But then most of the reporting, and most of the government actions surrounding Fukushima Diiaichi have been stupid.

If you don’t look at anything else, you should look at the chart put together by Randall Munroe of XKCD. He published that shortly after the earthquake and tsunami, in the middle of the media insanity. It points out the stupidly small amounts of radiation we can detect, the naturally occurring sources (like the granite counters in your kitchen) and relative size of exposure from Fukushima Diiaichi.

Aside from the links in the list above there are also The Radioactive Tuna, which sounds like a good name for a rock and roll band, The never-ending mission to scare you to death, and to convince you that water is unsafe. There is more, but they get repetitive (and I wrote them.)

Nuclear Fuel Convoy Comes Under Attack in Brazil

One more thing to worry about. Brazil gunmen shoot at convoy carrying nuclear fuel in Angra dos Reis.

Gunmen have attacked a convoy of trucks carrying uranium fuel to a nuclear power plant near the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, police say.

The convoy came under attack as it drove past a community controlled by drug traffickers in Angra dos Reis, a tourist city 145km (90 miles) from Rio.

And yes, uranium fuel is 235U.

Union Pacific Tries to Decrease Idle Time of Engines. Californians Hardest Hit

It’s for the environment, I’m sure. More trains blaring horns through downtown San Jose at night.

The extra noise is thanks to Union Pacific, which recently made some operating changes. Those changes, the company says, are meant to reduce the number of idling locomotives and the amount of time they stand still. But the shift also means more trains at odd hours.

I’m sure it also has to do with the total fuel cost that UP has to absorb, but it also means less pollution. (Wait… locomotives cause pollution? I thought Occasional-Cortex says they are environmentally friendly.)

The moral of the story: Don’t buy a home close to an active rail. You never know when something will change.

New Zealand’s Love Affair with Wind Power

So how is all that working out. Tilting at Windmills – a Brief Update.

I’ve become interested in seeing just how effective these things really are. Where I live adjacent to a string of Turbines, we get some pretty impressive winds – 150Kph is not that unusual. But we also get days of complete calm – usually at times when electricity demand is at its highest.

While the article is worth your time, the heart of the matter is shown the table that lists actual power generated, which is the only thing that matters.

Month Plated Capacity Generated MW Average Production
July 658 186.15 28.29%
August 658 132.50 20.14%
September 658 174.62 26.54%
October 658 157.63 23.96%
November 658 149.15 22.67%
December 658 124.54 18.93%
January 658 179.51 27.28%
February 658 157.86 23.99%

As they say, go read the whole thing.