Author Archives: Dennis SILVERMAN

About Dennis SILVERMAN

I am a retired Professor of Physics and Astronomy at U C Irvine. For a decade I have been active in learning about energy and the environment, and in lecturing and attending classes at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UC Irvine.

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

Posted in 2020 Election, 2020 Primaries, Autos, CAFE Standards, California Smog, Carbon Tax, Clean Energy, Climate Change, Climate Education, Climate Science, Conservation, Electric Cars, Electric Power, Energy Efficiency, Equivalent Electric Car Emissions, Fossil Fuel Energy, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Hybrid Cars, Mayor's Climate Action Plan, Natural Gas, Oil, Politics, Renewable Energy, Solar Energy, Wind Energy | Leave a comment

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

Posted in 2020 Election, 2020 Primaries, Affairs of State, Donald Trump, Economies, Free Trade, Trump Administration, University Funding, US Steel Imports | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Air Quality, Autos, CAFE Standards, California Smog, Carbon Tax, Climate Change, Climate Education, Climate Science, Donald Trump, Electric Power, Energy Efficiency, Fossil Fuel Energy, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Natural Gas, Renewable Energy, Solar Energy, Trump Administration, White House | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Climate Change, Climate Science, NOAA | Leave a comment

Regarding Trump’s Retweet of a Conspiracy Theory on Epstein’s Death

It’s Another  “Any Other President Would Be Impeached for This Alone” Article. We’re referring to Trump’s retweet of a conspiratorial site that wants to blame Epstein’s death on the Clintons. How far have we fallen (yet again) with Trump, that … Continue reading

Posted in Clinton, Criminal Justice System, Donald Trump, Equal Treatment Under the Law, Fifth Amendment, Trump Administration, Twitter | Leave a comment

The Trump Vacation Lottery

The Trump Vacation Lottery With Trump spending two weeks on his golfing/twitter vacation, we can imagine some secret and anonymous bookies taking bets on various categories of Trump’s anomalous presidential behavior. How many tweets will Donald Trump chirp over the … Continue reading

Posted in Donald Trump | Leave a comment

Gun Laws, Research, Politics, and Public Opinion

Gun Laws, Research, Politics, and Public Opinion First of all, lets clear up a few things. Just because a particular law would not have prevented a particular murder or mass shooting, that should not be used to negate their effects … Continue reading

Posted in Congress, Donald Trump, Gun Control, Guns | Leave a comment

On average, the States with more guns have more homicides.

On average, the States with more guns have more homicides. We present conclusions from “Firearm Ownership and Domestic Versus Nondomestic Homicide in the U.S.”, in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine from July 22, 2019, by Aaron J. Kivisto, et … Continue reading

Posted in Gun Control, Guns | Leave a comment

My Articles on Sea Level Rise

My Articles on Sea Level Rise. My article on sea level rise in Laguna Beach was cited in a very thorough article on sea level rise in Orange County in the OC Weekly, by Anthony Pignataro, on August 1, 2019.  … Continue reading

Posted in Climate Change, Climate Education, Climate Science, Coastal Flooding, Coastal States, Donald Trump, Laguna Beach Flood Levels, No More Drilling, Offshore Oil Drilling, Sea Level Rise, Summary of Climate Topics for Southern California, US Flood Maps, World Flood Maps | Leave a comment

Trump and Republican Absence from Fixing Cities and Gun Violence

Trump and Republican Absence from Fixing Cities and Gun Violence Update:  Trump read a TelePrompTer speech condemning the killings, but not touching on any gun or ammunition control issues.  The Dayton shooter is now known to have used the highest … Continue reading

Posted in 2020 Primaries, Donald Trump, Gun Control, Guns, Immigration Ban, Immigration Policy, NRA, Politics, Trump Administration, Trump Budget | Leave a comment