Thursday, September 11, 2008

Wind Energy, Climate Change, And Arrogance

Yes I do have a point...stay with me and I'll get there :)...

There has been a lot of talk lately about wind energy. You have T. Boone Pickens on the radio and TV touting his "plan" without telling you about his HUGE financial interest. You also have Nancy Pelosi standing to reap windfall profits through her back room deals with Pickens. She is putting up a total of 10 BILLION, after interest, in California Tax payers money. Yet she doesn't think she needs to disclose the fact that the money is going in large part to a company owned by PICKENS and in which PELOSI owns a large amount of stock. She stands to pocket huge WINDFALL PROFITS from this deal. Arrogant and dishonest if you ask me...Sorry I got sidetracked...

Okay here is my thoughts...I don't have the time nor the space here to get into a ton of details but if you are interested do some research. What is wind? Seems like a simple question but think about it? Wind is a convection current powered by the sun. As the air absorbs energy from the sun and warms it rises and cool air moves in to replace it. Wind is not just a product of climate but plays a vital role in shaping climate as well. Prevailing wind currents have effects on ocean currents, paths of storms such as hurricanes, the dispersal of seeds pollen and spores, and more. Did you know that wind carries sand from Africa all the way across the ocean to America? Wind is a vital part of the global climate.

Global warming has been all the rage for a long time. Well now that there is more and more scientific evidence against global warming the new BUZZ words are GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE or ABRUPT CLIMATE CHANGE. If you want an example of environmentalist God-complex arrogance study the history of the mismanagement of Yellowstone National Park. One good resource would be to read the book Playing God in Yellowstone: The Destruction of America's First National Park. There are others and you should also look at the other side to form your opinion.

Anyway...We as humans are so arrogant to think that we can have significant impact on global climate. There has been global climate change before we were here, there will be while we are here, and also long after we are gone. Now before we go any further let me just clarify something for you all. As a Christian I have an obligation to follow the words of the Bible and to be a good steward of all of God's creation. So I am not about pollution for the sake of pollution or dumping toxic waste into streams and rivers, but I am about common sense use of the creation God has blessed us with. In all things moderation.

Okay back on topic...Arrogance leads us to believe we can do things better than God. We can control the weather and change the climate. I am not arguing that there isn't climate change I am just not arrogant enough to believe that the sun, the moon, and the earth are really that concerned with us. They under the direction of God, the grand maestro of the universe, are driving climate. We can't even manage Yellowstone. In our arrogance we try and play God and fail miserably. We in almost all instances cause more harm than good, and pave our roads to you-know-where with our good intentions.

I know I have been a bit scattered but let me bring it together for you. Again let me clarify that I am not against wind energy. I think it is a great addition to our supply. This is just something to think about and to counterpoint against the fossil fuel hysteria. In simplistic terms the earth absorbs solar energy and it is that energy that drives wind. Getting electricity from wind turbines pulls energy from the global climate system does it not? I think that it is funny that the same arrogance that leads many to the conclusion that our relatively small additions of carbon to the atmosphere (which when you think about it was there already at some point right?) have drastic effects also leads us to ignore the fact that our small subtractions of energy from the system could have drastic effects as well. Have you heard of the butterfly effect. Read this excerpt from from

The butterfly effect is a phrase that encapsulates the more technical notion of sensitive dependence on initial conditions in chaos theory. Small variations of the initial condition of a dynamical system may produce large variations in the long term behavior of the system. So this is sometimes presented as esoteric behavior, but can be exhibited by very simple systems: for example, a ball placed at the crest of a hill might roll into any of several valleys depending on slight differences in initial position.

The phrase refers to the idea that a butterfly's wings might create tiny changes in the atmosphere that may ultimately alter the path of a tornado or delay, accelerate or even prevent the occurrence of a tornado in a certain location. The flapping wing represents a small change in the initial condition of the system, which causes a chain of events leading to large-scale alterations of events. Had the butterfly not flapped its wings, the trajectory of the system might have been vastly different. Of course the butterfly cannot literally cause a tornado. The kinetic energy in a tornado is enormously larger than the energy in the turbulence of a butterfly. The kinetic energy of a tornado is ultimately provided by the sun and the butterfly can only influence certain details of weather events in a chaotic manner.

Recurrence, the approximate return of a system towards its initial conditions, together with sensitive dependence on initial conditions are the two main ingredients for chaotic motion. They have the practical consequence of making complex systems, such as the weather, difficult to predict past a certain time range (approximately a week in the case of weather).

Just think about all of this information and let me know your thoughts on this topic.

Yours Truly,


Because You Need To Know What I Think

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