How Risky Is It, Really?

Why our fears don't always match the facts

Depressing News in the Fight Against Climate Change

If the proposed carbon emissions reduction regulations are the best America can do, it does not signal hope that the world's biggest per capita polluter will ever get close to doing what is really needed to fight climate change Read More

Saviorism is delusion.

Even though some claim we're going secular/atheistic, and have been for some time, it's now the state-as-god that we look to first to perforrm miracles whenever they are needed.

We could get an easy 5-8% reduction out of passenger vehicle emissions by phasing out slushbox automatic transmissions in cars, but all hell would have to be raised since only <4% of cars now sold have a manual. Probably less than 10% know how to drive a stick, so tens of millions of people would have to learn how. It would probably be impossible to accomplish, and would yet make only a 1-2% dent in the bigger total.

Never underestimate the power of an entrenched corrupt establishment to keep the status quo intact while promising change.

An interesting read

What a perfect example of amerikan numskullery.

#1 he (finally) admits is ridiculous. There's no insidious plot inherent in employing a convenient colloquialism that everyone knows is not a perfect analogy.

#2 is even dumber, because he neglects the large multiplier involved with CO2: ~1/3rd of a percent is enough to raise the planet's temperature by 35-40F over zero CO2, because it's potent stuff.

It's also no secret that H2O factors in, but we don't have the ability to change its amount by large percentages. All those other things are simply red herrings that don't matter because we can't do anything about them either.

#2 ?

How much of a % increase has the 99ppm or 1/10,000 increase that has occurred over those 255 years led to?

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David Ropeik is the author of How Risky Is It, Really?, an Instructor at Harvard University Extension School, and a risk-communication consultant.

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