Lars Larson on the new Energy Secretary

Well, America’s got a brand new Energy Secretary thanks to our new President-Elect, but what’s he going to mean for main street?

The new Energy Secretary, Dr. Steven Chu, was named by President-Elect Barack Obama this week. I have just one main concern about him. He’s not crazy about the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Repository, which means I’m not sure we’re going to see a solution to that little problem.

He does apparently like nuclear energy but the other thing he likes is that theory about global warming and there’s a problem. Global warming true believers just cannot be controlled.

The fact is global warming is not primarily anthropogenic, meaning man caused. It’s primarily just a natural phenomenon. Trying to solve it now as the planet is actually getting cooler, not warmer, means we are going to clap down on peoples use of energy and make it much more expensive.

The fact that Dr. Chu believes in that kind of nonsense, the same as Barack Obama, means big trouble for an economy that’s also in trouble. Raising energy prices is not going to solve the problem.

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  • giggle guy

    Well, I’m a global warming skeptic, myself. But Professor Secretary Chu has a Nobel Prize in physics. What are Lars’s scientific credentials? (Other than not being a true believer.) The right-wingers would be so much more credible if they had some scientific credibility.

    • Anonymous

      “Well, I’m a global warming skeptic, myself.”

      Yeah, sure you are.

      A nobel prize in physics does not equal univerasl knowledge of everything. In fact, due to the utter and complete devotion to one extremely narrow field of science required to do anything that comes even remotely close to nobel prize worthy, it probably means that you know little about anything other than your chose field of study.

  • giggle guy

    Yeah, and you know something about science.

    And yeah, being a radio talk show ranter is a better scientific qualification than being a Nobel prize winner, director of the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, and past professor at Stanford and scientist at Bell Labs.

    And people on the right wonder why they’re getting creamed on global warming.

  • dean

    Lars writes: “The fact is global warming is not primarily anthropogenic…”

    Lars doesn’t say where he gets this “fact” from. But he should definitely write a note to Dr. Chu and let him know before we spend a lot of effort on this. One wonders how it is Dr Chu, a Nobel prize winner, missed this fact, but better late then never.

    And after that deed Lars should sign on as science advisor to the new administration.

  • John in Oregon

    Dr. Chu is quite right to demand action on Global Warming and his goal to slash US energy use is a clarion call to the future impoverishment of the United States.

    However in the face of a new and more urgent trashing of the environment by humans Dr. Chu is no better than a denier.

    For years Humans have been steeling daylight from nature using daylight savings time. Now in our arrogance we are steeling even more as we extended daylight time further and further. We must address the problem of Global Darkening now.

    The issue came to a head when Richard Strimple noticed a steady trend of loss of Northern Hemisphere daylight being this past June. Without exception every day had been shorter than the previous day.

    Based on Strimples computer models the link to humans is unmistakable. The problem began in the Northern Hemisphere where US and EU use of daylight savings time predominates. That Siberian Russia which is on 2 hours daylight saving time is also some of the coldest parts of the globe is absolute proof.

    The need to address this Global Darkening problem is both critical and immediate. The most recent information now indicates a similar global darkening trend is now seen in the Southern Hemisphere as well.

    Strimples computer models project total darkness in 12 to 24 months. No less that the total loss of life as we know it.

    The precautionary principle demands that we do something now. The time for debate is over. No reputable scientists disagree that since June the days have been getting shorter.

    Everyone knows that Energy companies want to raise prices. Its obvious that the best way to raise prices is by reducing supplies or increasing demand.

    Its only Dr. Chu and his ilk that are in the pocket of Evil Energy who deny Global Darkening as just a natural cycle.

    The effects of Global Darkening are unmistakable. Northern Hemisphere crop production has failed and famine can’t be far away.

    The situation is dire. Many kinds of birds have left the Northern Hemisphere all across the globe. Insect life has plummeted and many can no longer be observed. Large mammals are laying in their dens in near death stupor.

    THE TIME FOR ACTION IS NOW. Humans must repair the damage we have caused by Global Darkening NOW!!!

    Its an emergency, no time remains for debate.

  • John in Oregon

    Even more troubling than Dr. Chu is President-elect Barack Obama’s choice Dr. John Holdren for science adviser.

    Although the Legacy Media describes Dr. Holdren as a professor at Harvard, Holdren is primarily employed by the Woods Hole Research Center which is an environmental advocacy group.

    Holdren vocally predicted in the mid-1980s that climate-related catastrophes would kill as many as one billion people before the year 2020.

    He is a longtime collaborator with none other than failed prophet of the doomsday Population Bomb Dr. Paul Ehrlich. Ehrlich claimed “our resources are running out. The air is bad, the water worse. The planet’s species are dying off. We’re trashing the planet, washing away the topsoil, paving over our farmlands, systematically deforesting our wildernesses, decimating the biota, and ultimately killing ourselves… There’s a finite store of resources… Time is short, and we have to act now.”

    “Dr Julian Simon countered there’s just one problem with The Litany, just one slight little wee imperfection: every item in that dim and dreary recitation, each and every last claim, is false. Incorrect. At variance with the truth.” Dr Simon took the extraordinary step of actually looking at the data.

    This disagreement set up the classic challenge by Simon. Simon offered to wager that any ten commodity’s price in the future would be lower than what it was at the time of the wager.

    The bet was on with Paul Ehrlich, *John P. Holdren.* and John Harte picking five metals that they thought would undergo big price rises: chromium, copper, nickel, tin, and tungsten.

    During the term of the bet “the world’s population grew by more than 800 million, the largest increase in one decade in all of history. But by September 1990, without a single exception, the price of each of Ehrlich’s selected metals had fallen, and in some cases had dropped through the floor… A more perfect resolution of the Ehrlich-Simon debate could not be imagined. All of the former’s grim predictions had been decisively overturned by events. Ehrlich was wrong.

    To this day Dr. Holdren is a firm believer in doomsday, that wealth is limited and cannot be created. Most recently authoring an extraordinary attack upon Bjorn Lomborg, published in Scientific American. Dr. Lomborg’s defenders said Holdren made more mistakes in Scientific Americans 11 pages than they were able to find in Lomborg’s 540-page book.

    Most strongly Dr. Holdren faulted Dr. Lomborg for not paying enough attention to the reasons that there *could* be future problems with energy supplies. On that score Holdren is correct as Dr. Lomborg did not consider Government intervention to disrupt energy supplies.

    With a Holdren nomination, the President-Elect will have made his intentions unmistakably clear. This will unleash a policy battle royal.

    • dean

      Holdren’s bio summary:
      Dr. Holdren was Visiting Distinguished Scientist at the Center from 1991-2005 and became Director in June of 2005. He has been the Teresa and John Heinz *Professor of Environmental Policy at Harvard* since 1996 and previously was the Class of 1935 Professor of Energy at the University of California, Berkeley. He was named president-elect of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2005, and is presently serving a year as president beginning in February of 2006. Trained in engineering and theoretical plasma physics at MIT and Stanford, Dr. Holdren’s research interests include causes and consequences of global environmental change, energy and resource options in industrial and developing countries, and nuclear arms control and nonproliferation. He is a former MacArthur Prize Fellow and a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1995 he accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, for which he served as chair of the executive committee from 1987 to 1997.

      Very scary.

  • John in Oregon

    Dean, see the letter I posted in FreedomWorks Report: How environmentalist push anti-energy agenda thread.

    That letter from Dr. Frank Tipler. Dept. of Physics at Tulane University, is extraordinary in that in its discussion of the intersection of Government, political power, and science it touches on the overarching problem of a system out of control. The combination of government and science.

    Dr Tipler talks of Galileo’s fellow physicists (then called “natural philosophers”), who manipulated the Inquisition into trying and convicting Galileo.

    Tipler states “I find it very disturbing that part of the Danish Inquisition’s case against Lomborg was written by *John Holdren,* Obama’s new science advisor. Holdren has recently written that people like Lomborg are “dangerous.” I think it is people like Holdren who are dangerous, because they are willing to use state power to silence their scientific opponents.”

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