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Old 02-25-2014, 09:49 PM   #71
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So would you agree with any of the following:

1) anthropogenic climate change is occurring and those that argue that it is not are doing so from a position that is unsupported by scientific evidence
I think man has an impact. I don't know how much impact. I don't know how well science has bracketed that impact.

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2) the projected risks that are classified as "likely to occur" are significant and it not be prudent to ignore them
I don't know how significant, but I don't think it would be prudent to ignore them.

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3) using the atmosphere to dump emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases has a real economic cost associated with it
There are costs and benefits. I don't know how to evaluate them and I don't know how capable scientists are of evaluating them.

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4) the most extreme solutions that have been proposed are unfeasible and are non-starters
I assume this is probably true, but I'm not sure I know what the most extreme solutions are.

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5) reasonable action to accelerate development of economical sources of renewable energy should be pursued at a multi-national level even if doing so places a slight drag on current economic growth.
It's hard to argue with "reasonable" and "slight", but I guess the devil is in the details.

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6) the learning curve principal (known as Moore's law in computing) demonstrates that actual implementation of a technology can be a powerful force for technological advancement; therefore, an important component of point 5) is to deploy significant quantities of renewable energy even if it seems uneconomical when the costs listed in 3) are ignored

7) strategies to make communities and societies more resilient to impending climate change should be developed in the near future and implemented as the costs of their deployment are economically justified by climate events
These are where the lack of settled science make the cost benefit calculations nearly impossible, afaict.
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