No you are not blind but please read on -
by jspeedo - 2/8/08 9:44 PM
In Reply to: I must be blind! by Britti79
Britti - These days it seems hard to have civil conversations, good people are becoming scarce as common sense, brotherly love, compassion, respect for facts, and a respect for history are ignored as we run head-long into the millenium. Anyway here goes ...
A couple of practical energy saving tips and a lengthy caution:
1. Power consumption by computers and TVs is minimal as compared to Electric Heat (any kind - resistance, heat pump, portables), Dryers, Hot Water Heaters, hair dryers, anything involving heat. Next would be larger motor loads in the home - refrigerators, freezers, and washing machines (but more because of hot water used). So if you want to conserve set your thermostat lower in the winter and higher in the summer only turn on the lighting you need and efficiently plan your cooking and clothes drying. See posts by marsdave for a longer list
2. Constantly turning off electronic components and light bulbs will shorten their life. Energizing electrical components places stress on them. Just about every light bulb Ive ever replaced blew out when I turned it on - the reason is the stress of energizing the filament.
A caution that just because something is widely believed, accepted by those in power (governments), addressed in the media almost daily, its opponents are often looked upon with scorn, and it is popularized by many in the scientific community does not make it fact.
It is easy to point fingers and make this political and then rabbit trail into eveery political pet peeve one may have as the poster before you did and you then responded in kind with some harshness of your own, however I wish we would stick to facts. You mentioned scientific studies (which ones?) and governments taking them seriously. I have worked in technical fields for 35 years as a technician and engineer, I learned long ago to respect the laws of physics, statistics, and proven fact and refute what is not real science. We all believe that our position is the right one or we would not take sides. The theory that global warming is entirely caused by humans has not been proven. Yes, we are in some sort of warming trend that began in the mid 1800s, which was preceded by a four-hundred year cold spell. But we do not know why with certainty. It may be a natural cycle of the earth, or just a phenomenon; and nobody knows how much man may be contributing to it if any at all. Current computer model predictions vary by 400% on how much warming may occur in the next 100 years that is proof in itself no one knows for sure. It concerns me when governments (EU or USA or our friends all over the globe) begin to weigh in without actual facts - it is the mixing of politics with science that results in well-hyped pseudo science. The theory of global warming concludes that rising CO2 levels (caused by using fossil fuels) are causing a rise in global temperature but did you know that the correlation of rising CO2 levels to rising temperatures is just the opposite and not what is believed and promoted by global warming theorists? In fact the rising temps came first, not the rising CO2 attributed to usage of fossil fuel. Several scientists recently appeared on ABCs 20/20 to state their case and explain why they left the Concerned Scientists group over this very issue. As true scientists they could not tolerate a gross misuse of facts and the state of fear. The scientists who are truthful and painstakingly adhering to time proven scientific research methodologies do not fully understand what is in process currently on the earth. Additionally, it is scientifically and statistically unsound to apply 100 years of weather data and extrapolate it and apply it to a planet at least 10,000 years old if not billions. Many of the graphs used to support global warming eliminate data from the 1800s because it does not support their position. Take some time to do some real research remember the most vocal scientist or theory proponent is not necessarily the most accurate. Please read the following paragraph and study on your own.
What follows is a fairly recent example of science gone bad when facts are ignored and the opponents are shouted down and ridiculed. Maybe this will help us all consider where we go for information and what we accept as fact? Ever hear of Eugenics? It is (was) a theory that is now known to be so embarrassing it is not discussed much. It basically postulated that a crisis in the gene pool would lead to the deterioration of the human race. So in the early 1900s leading scientists of the day convinced political leaders (Teddy Roosevelt, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Winston Churchill, among others) and other famous people of the day (Alexander Graham Bell, H. G. Wells, Leland Stanford founder of Stanford) to support studies that were performed at Yale, Harvard, Stanford, and Princeton and in Europe as well. The research went on for years anyone opposing it was shouted down and called blind to reality, ignorant, and uncaring for the future. Sound familiar? Well this research led directly to conclusions that inferior races were putting the human race at risk need I tell the conclusion? These scientists backed by their governments led to singling out races. Especially so by the Germans. What happened - a World War and the near annihilation of a race. After WW II no one was a eugenicist anymore and it was no longer taught in the hallowed halls of America and Europes Universities but this did happen and it did wreak catastrophe on the Human Race just not in the way the proponents of this fear mongering and pseudo-science thought it would. Will global warming purists push that far - I doubt it but the point is the majority may rule in politics but the majority is not always right - when we abandon time proven science and scientific methodologies we open ourselves to inaccurate if not horrific results.
So what should we do? Turn down the heat, buy energy efficient appliances, and conserve when and where you can, because of course its common sense to be efficient and conserve. I was taught that before Going Green and Global Warming were first spoken and became so popular - heck so were my parents - they had to share bath water with their siblings when they were kids, they found uses for everything on the farm nothing was wasted. Do not be scared into a belief, or because it is so popularized, it has almost been glamorized to be green - as if you win something. Conserve because it makes common sense to - someday all of the fossil fuels of the earth will be gone - and sooner than most think oil reserves may be gone in our children's lifetime - anywhere from 50 - 100 years and coal in 225 - 300 years. That is reason enough and fact enough to conserve and pursue viable energy alternatives. One last side note and I apologize in advance to believers in wind power. To replace just one large coal or nuclear plant would require enough land to take up almost the entire coast of California - yes let's use it where we can but it is not a panacea. Where we need our scientific efforts is development od new technologies for energy and perfection of current ones including nuclear. I have great admiration for Britain - if not for your country and America and our brave leaders and men and women during WWII, freedom and all it brings to us (including the ability to debate and be civil) would not be ours - let's learn from history and embrace it. LOL
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