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Letter, December 5, 2112:
With regard to the debate about CAGW theory, it is explained in “What’s a sceptic?” Bishop Hill, October 21, 2012, that misunderstanding exists about what the dispute is about.
Also, the argument for a major, almost exclusive role in global warming by CO2 seemed to be made by the hockey stick graph, which showed a long time period of fairly constant temperature followed by large temperature increase (the hockey stick blade). The graph was constructed, however, by omitting the Medieval Warm Period and the Little Ice Age. Faults in the statistical treatment were found as well. The problems with the graph as well as with a recent successor hockey stick have been described in “Speak loudly and carry a busted hockey stick” by Walter Starck, Quadrant Online, November 19, 2012.
Letter, November 30, 2012:
Pflugerville does not currently have a website where local issues are widely be discussed online by residents on a continuing basis.
One such issue where more discussion might have benefited the city pertains to green energy.
Earlier this year, the possibility that Pflugerville might be going to become the “actual green energy capital of Texas” could be found in a statement reported in “Panasonic to team with developer on planned Pflugerville solar farm, city officials say” by Kirk Ladendorf and James Rincon, Austin American-Statesman, February 16, 2012. Yet, moving in a big way toward renewable energy sources might be premature if the technology is not well developed and is costly to the taxpayer in terms of subsidies and if the validity of catastrophic anthropogenic global warming (CAGW) theory is not really established.
One possibly relevant article with critical comments that followed it was “Data center dreams” by JP Eichmiller, Community Impact, August 3, 2012.
More: “Big Wind: the most corrupt and corrupting industry in the world” by James Delingpole, The Telegraph, November 19, 2012.
Still More: “The great British wind scam: Yout taxes are meant to be supporting smaller turbines. In fact they’re making giant one less efficient” by Sebastian Payne, The Spectator, November 24, 2012.
Information related to CAGW can be found here in references about 16 Scientists, TwentyEightGate, CAGW, and Wind Farms.
Added November 30, 2012 (relevant to the hockey stick discussion):
“A Tale of Two Controversies… or Really Only One?” Bacon’s Rebellion, November 29, 2012.
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Photograph taken August 2012.
“Ground broken on new Pflugerville mixed-use development” by JP Eichmiller, Community Impact, November 15, 2012.