Monthly Archives: August 2019

Trump’s Swamp Gas (Methane) Emissions

Trump’s Swamp Gas (Methane) Emissions Trump’s EPA and other agency swamp is full of industry representatives.  They are there to eliminate regulations, and give a small profit to the industries affected, before they get sued out of existence for greed.  … Continue reading

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Are Trump and China Motivating the Burning of the Amazon?

Are Trump and China Motivating the Burning of the Amazon? As a reporter on the environment, and recently on tariffs, I cannot bypass the link between the tariffs and the burning of the Amazon rain forest.  The Amazon provides 20% … Continue reading

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California Cities and the Nation in the Costs of Commuting

Los Angeles—Orange County and the San Francisco Bay Area are the top two areas in the country for time spent in jammed traffic.  We report on California and the US in the 2019 Urban Mobility Report.  These include hours per … Continue reading

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The Present and Future Hazards of Quantum Indeterminacy (and Donald Trump)

The Present and Future Hazards of Quantum Indeterminacy (and Donald Trump, of course). The Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach reminded me of time travel questions.  I’m a very conservative physicist, and think that what is past is past, … Continue reading

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Trump’s “America First” is now “America Alone” and “America Isolated”

Trump’s “America First” is now “America Alone” and “America Isolated” I’m expanding on points presented by Fareed Zachariah in this mornings broadcast on world trade and US research and development.  Fareed interviewed author Parag Khanna, of “The Future is Asian”, … Continue reading

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Trump’s National Emergency Fraud

Trump’s National Emergency Fraud First of all, lets get my political views out of the way.  In general, rulers become dictators by invoking emergency powers. Trump now says that he can enforce his Decree by Tweet, that American businesses trading with … Continue reading

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Energy and Cost Problems With Senator Sander’s Green New Deal

Energy and Cost Problems With Senator Sander’s Green New Deal I am only going to comment on the energy aspects of the plan, not the employment and social justice parts, which are separate choices to make. The speedy goal is … Continue reading

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Are Trump’s Tariff Costs Insignificant?

Comments on Peter Navarro’s Arguments That the Tariffs are Insignificant Update:  8/23  Later that day.  Trump, the Casino owner, has seen the Chinese call, and raised it yet again.  By Midnight, we might be at DEFCON 4.  Trump will raise … Continue reading

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CARB Web Conferences on Carbon Neutrality

CARB Web Conferences on Carbon Neutrality Instead of reporting on two packed CARB (California Air Resources Board) short web conferences for California, I will give my impressions and critique.  The first was on Carbon Neutrality:  Scenarios for Deep Decarbonization, and … Continue reading

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A Century of Warming Over Southern California and New York City

Southern California, the New Jersey Coast, and New York City are the highly populated areas which have experienced the most warming over land in the US. Worldwide, the earth’s surface has experienced an average temperature increase of 1º C or … Continue reading

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