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Pale? Forse…meglio il Carbone!

Italia Nostra, e non e’ la sola, fa tanto chiasso per evitare che vengano costruiti nuovi impianti eolici, apparentemente per “conservare il paesaggio”.

Mi permetto di cantare fuori dal coro per l’ennesima volta, per dire che i generatori eolici a me piacciono, anzi provvedono un senso di pace e tranquillita’.

Magari dovremmo travestirli all’olandesina, oppure colorarli di verde per renderli piu’ appetibili a un certo ambientalismo?

Il problema vero e’ l’inaffidabilita’…se non c’e’ vento, tutti con le candele.

Il futuro prossimo venturo e’ chiaramente nella produzione familiare di energia usando il sole (basterebbe che i prezzi si dimezzassero…). Nel presente intanto, lasciamo perdere la falsa alba del nucleare (con i suoi lustri prima dell’attivazione, e le scorie da stoccare per centomila anni: usiamo il carbone invece!

Dopotutto basterebbe poter filtrare per bene i fumi (e fregarsene della CO2) e il problema energetico sarebbe risolto forse per un altro secolo…

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About Intellectual Dishonesty

Recently, concentration-camp doubter David Irving moved to a different table rather than have lunch with a Shoah survivor. As Leo Tolstoy (may have) said:

I know that most men, including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they have proudly taught to others, and which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabric of their lives.

Yet, there is a straightforward way out of intellectual dishonesty: and it is to declare publicly under which circumstances one will agree to change one’s mind and conclusions.

This tells healthy skepticism from denial and close-mindedness.

And it applies to all sorts of circumstances. For example, try asking a person that doesn’t believe people landed on the Moon in 1969, what kind of proof he or she will accept, to change their mind…

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Myself, I will convert to the Climate Change scenario, as soon as any part of the world climate will change in a manner as significant, say, as the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO).

And I will be convinced of Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) when that change will happen in ways that are overwhelmingly explained with increases in CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere.

In fact, it’s been a couple of years since I have asked, even on pro-AGW sites such as RealClimate, for anybody able to point me to any recent “change” in climate, of any sort but not just in temperatures, apart from known natural variability factors such as, of course, the NAO.

I am still waiting…

And I am still waiting for pro-AGW campaigners (and Moon-landing doubters) to explain what if anything would change their minds.

If nothing will, the only wise choice is to abandon them to their lives of self-deception.