Having babies that can't be provided for sustains poverty. comment by usgoosht on Pope calls for global cooperation on migration crisis 8 minutes ago
These folks are delusional. Our civilization would collapse if we stopped using fossil fuels. Many of their functions in our economy, necessary functions, have no viable alternative. Fossil fuels aren't going away in the immediate future.
So, I welcome this initiative, and also their investment in and support of alternative energy sources. comment by usgoosht on Philanthropies, including Rockefellers, and investors pledge $50 billion fossil fuel divestment 13 minutes ago
And that isn't even considering the 3 billion more people that will be added to the planet over the course of this century. They won't be constrained by future harm, if they face starvation now. They will use whatever resources are available.
That's why the crises we face on the earth are all about population, and the cheapest way to address them is to give women and girls education equivalent to grade 8 or 9, and access to birth control. Far more cost effective than trying to deal with the consequences.
The earth is a lifeboat. And it is (becoming) overcrowded. None of these crises would exist if we had taken the path of limiting population growth at the time cheap effective birth control became available. There would be half as many people on the face of the earth, and our average standard of living would probably be more than twice as high.
Water under the bridge. But, those who don't learn from the past are doomed to repeat it. comment by usgoosht on High Oil Prices Are No Defense Against Risk Of Stranded Assets 21 hours, 5 minutes ago
Or, how about solar power in Germany in December?
It isn't enough to want to limit fossil fuels. They are central to our economy, and the only way we are supporting 7 1/2 billion people on the planet (on the way to 11 billion according to the latest study).
There is *nothing* currently feasible to replace fossil fuels in transportation. Electric farm tractors? Ha ha ha. Electric freight trains? Ha ha ha. Electric ship motors. Ha ha ha. Electric bulldozers? Ha ha ha. Electric powered airliners? Ha ha ha.
And while there is progress in making solar and wind cheaper, the storage required to make them dependable is still lacking. And not even on the horizon. So, at this point, we still need conventional backup for all solar and wind. Which effectively doubles their cost.
This isn't an easy problem. If there was a clear economic advantage for solar and wind power generation, and electric cars, they would be out-competing conventional methods and replacing them.
No matter how much you like the story, wishing doesn't make it so. comment by usgoosht on Tackling The Oil Industry On Climate Change 21 hours, 24 minutes ago
Sura 9:5, 9:29, 9:123, 2:216 in the Koran. comment by usgoosht on Isis's online propaganda outpacing US counter-efforts, ex-officials warn 21 hours, 52 minutes ago
Then you're told to ignore the people trying to cross illegally if they are brown and speak Spanish. Then you're told to ignore people who've broken the law by immigrating illegally inside the country. Then you're told that the people you catch are just put back across the border so they can try again. Then you're told that there is no enforcement of the law inside the country. Then administrative roadblocks are put in place to block you every time you try to do your job.
Why would there be a morale problem? comment by usgoosht on Homeland Security has a serious employee retention problem 22 hours, 1 minute ago
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