Aliens and Global Warming

Vox Magazine published, “What Aliens Can Teach Us About Global Warming.” It was linked on Real Clear Energy. (That website is losing slowly, but surely losing, its distinction as a serious website linking to stuff like this but that’s for another story.) I clicked on the link just to see if it was a parody or perhaps an article on The Onion but it appears to be an attempt at serious journalism.

It starts as follows, “There’s no doubt that global warming on Earth is a human-driven trend.” There is much debate about global warming and despite what is claimed, there is no consensus that global warming is either occurring or man-driven. But then the article goes from bad to worse when it states, ”  But what if the tendency of intelligent species to alter their planet’s climate was a more common phenomenon than we think? In the vastness of the universe, it’s very likely that other life forms have also evolved to an extent that they altered the atmosphere of their planets.” Not that there’s any evidence for aliens either but we just have to believe them because it is asserted.

They then cite the Drake Equation to support their theory of aliens. The late Michael Crichton had some insightful things to say about this in his serious lecture whimsically titled Aliens cause global warming:

Cast your minds back to 1960. John F. Kennedy is president, commercial jet airplanes are just appearing, the biggest university mainframes have 12K of memory. And in Green Bank, West Virginia at the new National Radio Astronomy Observatory, a young astrophysicist named Frank Drake runs a two week project called Ozma, to search for extraterrestrial signals. A signal is received, to great excitement. It turns out to be false, but the excitement remains. In 1960, Drake organizes the first SETI conference, and came up with the now-famous Drake equation:

N=N*fp ne fl fi fc fL

Where N is the number of stars in the Milky Way galaxy; fp is the fraction with planets; ne is the number of planets per star capable of supporting life; fl is the fraction of planets where life evolves; fi is the fraction where intelligent life evolves; and fc is the fraction that communicates; and fL is the fraction of the planet’s life during which the communicating civilizations live.

This serious-looking equation gave SETI a serious footing as a legitimate intellectual inquiry. The problem, of course, is that none of the terms can be known, and most cannot even be estimated. The only way to work the equation is to fill in with guesses. And guesses—just so we’re clear—are merely expressions of prejudice. Nor can there be “informed guesses.” If you need to state how many planets with life choose to communicate, there is simply no way to make an informed guess. It’s simply prejudice.

As a result, the Drake equation can have any value from “billions and billions” to zero. An expression that can mean anything means nothing. Speaking precisely, the Drake equation is literally meaningless, and has nothing to do with science. I take the hard view that science involves the creation of testable hypotheses. The Drake equation cannot be tested and therefore SETI is not science. SETI is unquestionably a religion.

Not only is SETI a religion. so is global warming. The assumptions made in the models can use any value assigned depending upon the desired outcome. The “adjustments” of temperatures currently being exposed are arbitrary all with the intent to show global warming.

I gave up on the article at that point. It is ridiculous what passes for journalism and science.

Oilfield Technological Improvements

A selection of articles discussing new technologies to improve oilfield productivity.

The industries worldwide are promoting efficient well-site operations that allow maximum recovery of oil and gas reserves in a cost effective manner. Furthermore achieving greater oilfield productivity and efficiency ensure minimum wastage …
http://www.transparencymarketresearch.com/ — Tue, 24 Feb 2015 08:18:45 -0800
He told Emirates 24|7 that the agreement, signed last week, would ensure sustained operations and increase oilfield productivity. “Despite the decline in oil prices, our operations have not been affected. We have won oilfield service contracts …
http://www.emirates247.com/columns — Sat, 15 Nov 2014 00:40:00 -0800
By using the Earth’s magnetic field, combined with new innovative technology, oil and gas drilling companies are increasing oilfield productivity while reducing development costs and environmental impacts. An article in the autumn 2013 issue …
http://www.gim-international.com/ — Thu, 19 Dec 2013 23:30:00 -0800
By using the Earth´s magnetic field, combined with new innovative technology, oil and gas drilling companies are increasing oilfield productivity while reducing development costs and environmental impacts.
http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/ — Wed, 18 Dec 2013 09:34:21 -0800
Facing the so stern situation, Daqing Oilfield focus on speeding up the development of peripheral oilfield,Aonan oilfield productivity construction project is established under such background, it is the emphasis construction area in 2006 and …
http://www.economics-papers.com/ — Sun, 15 Jan 2012 04:07:50 -0800
… to come; the Venezuela power grid failed due to “overload on a hot day” and the cities completely stalled; traffic congested as traffic lights were left powerless, communications were hampered, and industrial/oilfield productivity diminished.
http://knowcaracas.blogspot.com/ — Tue, 13 Apr 2010 10:53:00 -0700

Oil in the News, March 24, 2015

Assorted articles about the price and direction of oil.

LONDON (Reuters) – Brent crude reversed early losses to trade back towards $57 a barrel on Tuesday, as a weaker dollar overshadowed signs of slowing growth in China and Saudi Arabian oil production close to an all-time high. This entry was posted in … install any forex terminal. Our Windows Virtual servers offers cheap forex vps hosting solution with very good network connectivity, it could be also used for file storage online data backup data storage online” and synology NAS.
http://www.invest2forex.com/ — Tue, 24 Mar 2015 03:44:40 -0700
Storage at the Cushing, Oklahoma oil hub, delivery point of the U.S. contract, reached a new record, EIA data showed. Posted by Alexander Freeman at 6:11 AM · Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to FacebookShare to Pinterest …
http://theunobservednews.blogspot.com/ — Tue, 24 Mar 2015 03:11:00 -0700
LONDON (Reuters) – Brent crude oil held below $56 a barrel on Tuesday on signs of slowing growth in China and as Saudi Arabia said its production was close to an all-time high. This entry was posted in Trading on March 24, 2015 … in Switzerland , you may install any forex terminal. Our Windows Virtual servers offers cheap forex vps hosting solution with very good network connectivity, it could be also used for file storage online data backup data storage online” and synology NAS.
http://www.invest2forex.com/ — Tue, 24 Mar 2015 02:31:21 -0700
Crude Oil stockpiles are increasing, with 458-M bbl in storage, a new record. At the rate of increases in stockpiles, it is estimated that storage will be completely used up by the middle of May. With virtually nowhere to put Crude Oil, prices will …
http://www.livetradingnews.com/ — Mon, 23 Mar 2015 23:56:19 -0700
There is a risk, however, that their bets could unravel and send oil prices tumbling again because of a market constellation where spot prices may head lower, but storage bottlenecks make futures contracts months ahead more expensive.
http://newsviewsnreviews.com/ — Mon, 23 Mar 2015 22:18:00 -0700
While many investor’s oil storage fear is based on good data – the EIA reported that US storage capacity is pushing over 60% in many place – US tanks are not expected to fill anytime soon. The current high level is worrying investors and …
http://likebulb.blogspot.com/ — Mon, 23 Mar 2015 20:33:00 -0700

Air Pollution Comparison: China vs. The United States

Even though Chinese officials have pledged to reduce the country’s rolling clouds of smog, air pollution levels in many cities have soared to over twenty times the safe limit on several occasions over the past year. Small airborne pollutant particles called PM2.5 can cause harm to the lungs when ingested. The World Health Organization has said that anything over 10 micrograms per cubic meter of PM2.5 can be dangerous, causing asthma, cardiovascular disease and cancer.

The sheer scale of China’s air pollution problem can be seen on the following infographic. Xingtai, Shijiazhuang and Baoding have daily average PM2.5 levels of 155.2, 148.5 and 127.9 respectively. By contrast, the worst city for air pollution in the United States, Bakersfield California, has a daily average PM 2.5 level of just 18.2. China’s extensive use of coal-fired power plants to fuel its economic growth is the main reason for the country’s disastrous air pollution levels. Seven of China’s ten most polluted cities are located in Hebei province which is a major center for the steel industry as well as glass and cement production.

Infographic: Air Pollution Levels In Perspective: China And The US | Statista
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