Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change
Posted: Tue Dec 13, 2016 9:04 am
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Australian scientist John Cook — author of the 2011 book "Climate Change Denial: Heads in the Sand" and creator of the blog "Skeptical Science". In an analysis of 12,000 abstracts, he found 97% consensus among papers taking a position on the cause of global warming in the peer-reviewed literature that humans are responsible.” “Among papers taking a position” is a significant qualifier: Only 34 percent of the papers Cook examined expressed any opinion about anthropogenic climate change at all. Since 33 percent appeared to endorse anthropogenic climate change, he divided 33 by 34 and — 97 percent! When David Legates, a University of Delaware professor who formerly headed the university’s Center for Climatic Research, recreated Cook’s study, he found that “only 41 papers — 0.3 percent of all 11,944 abstracts or 1.0 percent of the 4,014 expressing an opinion, and not 97.1 percent,” endorsed what Cook claimed. Several scientists whose papers were included in Cook’s initial sample also protested that they had been misinterpreted.
pbelter wrote:I have a feeling that not a cent of that will go to a fusion research.
The entire AGW is an idea designed to provide excuse for government growth and overreach and since warming is not a real problem nobody looks for real solutions like fusion.
I really hope I am wrong and substantial funds from that fund will go to fusion, but given the above it is extremely unlikely.
Consider this a reality test of the global warming thesis. If this fund invest heavily in advanced fission concepts such as MSR, thorium power and the like as well as the various fusion concepts such as polywell and Helion Energy's FRC, then it is reasonable to say that these people believe that global warming is a real issue.
If all they invest in are piddle-power schemes (e.g. solar, wind) that happen to be subsidized by the government (in reality tax payers such as ourselves) then you can conclude that the fund is just a scam on the tax payers and that global warming is made up nonsense.
pbelter wrote:The entire AGW is an idea designed to provide excuse for government growth and overreach and since warming is not a real problem nobody looks for real solutions like fusion.
pbelter wrote:I really hope I am wrong and substantial funds from that fund will go to fusion, but given the above it is extremely unlikely.
hanelyp wrote:Government financial support is going to "green" energy, therefor you get "research" chasing that money. There is also profit in manufacturing a crisis to attract government money. The private sector absent government influence, on the other hand, wants real results that can turn a profit.