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.

Comparing the Citizens Climate Lobby and the Climate Leadership Council Carbon Fee and Dividend Plans

Comparing the Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) and the Climate Leadership Council (CLC) Carbon Fee and Dividend Plans The CLC has been put forward by an Οp-Ed in the Washington Post, and the “The Pricing Advantage” by George R. Schultz and … Continue reading

Posted in 2020 Election, 2020 Primaries, Air Quality, Air Travel Emissions, Autos, CAFE Standards, California Federal Funding, California Oil, California Power Mixes, California Smog, Carbon Tax, Clean Energy, Climate Change, Climate Education, Climate Science, Coal, Congress, Conservation, Department of Energy, Economies, Electric Cars, Electric Power, Energy Efficiency, Equivalent Electric Car Emissions, Fossil Fuel Energy, Free Trade, Global Climate Action Summit, Green Rate Plans, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Houston Flooding, Hurricane Dorian, Hurricane Florence, Hurricane Irma, Hybrid Cars, Mayor's Climate Action Plan, Natural Gas, No More Drilling, Nuclear Energy, Oil, Paris Climate Accord, Paris Climate Agreement, Politics, Poverty, Regulations, Renewable Energy, Science and Engineering Education, Solar Energy, Tax Laws, Transportation, US Oil, Wind Energy | Leave a comment

Democracy Ratings for the US and Countries in the News from the V-Dem Institute

We show graphs over time of the US and countries in the news, for five categories.  The ratings go from 1900 through 2018, unless only fewer years are available.  The source of the ratings is the V-Dem Institute at V-dem.net. … Continue reading

Posted in Affairs of State, Democracy Ratings, Economies, Education, Equal Treatment Under the Law, Equality of Opportunity Project, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of the Press, Freedom to Assemble, Freedom to Petition, Freedoms, Immigration Policy, Iran, Middle East, North Korea, Politics, Religion, Secrecy, Syria, Turkey, United Nations, Voting Rights, Women’s Rights | Leave a comment

The United States and the World in the Freedom in the World 2019 Ratings

We show graphs in the Freedom House report “Freedom in the World 2019” by Freedom House at freedomhouse.org, for both the United States, and for World countries. We show the decline in the US Freedom rating over 10 years from … Continue reading

Posted in Affairs of State, Criminal Justice System, Democracy Ratings, Donald Trump, Education, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of the Press, Freedom to Assemble, Freedom to Petition, Freedoms, Immigration Ban, Immigration Policy, Iran, Middle East, North Korea, Russia, Saudi Oil Imports, Syria, Turkey, Voting Rights, Yemen | Leave a comment

Ratings of Freedom and Democracy, and the Concept of Zero, Zilch, Nada

Ratings of Freedom and Democracy, and the Concept of Zero, Zilch, Nada There are new Democracy Ratings, and still last year’s Freedom Rating, which I have been studying for reporting.  In the 2018 Freedom House ratings, the US was a … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 Election, 2020 Election, Affairs of State, Congress, Congressional Investigation, Constitution, Criminal Justice System, Democracy Ratings, Donald Trump | Leave a comment

Updating the Super Tuesday Democratic Primaries

I am updating this article with minor corrections and changes of delegates in some states, and I also add the pledged delegates which vote on the first ballot.  It seems with so many candidates splitting the pie, that the convention … Continue reading

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Reagan’s Astrologer, Bush’s Ball Park, and Trump’s Pompeo

Reagan’s Astrologer, Bush’s Ball Park, and Trump’s Pompeo A venerable soothsayer once said, “something is going to happen to somebody, somewhere, sometime, probably”.  I have been waiting through the longest 5 years for the reveal about Trump that he has … Continue reading

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Shooting Down an Airliner is the Grossest Criminal Negligence, Not an Accident

Shooting Down an Airliner is the Grossest Criminal Negligence, Not an Accident It is only the most inhumane and irresponsible political maneuver for the Trump Administration to use the word ‘accident’ to describe the shooting down of the Ukrainian Air … Continue reading

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Trump’s Enormous Drag Coefficient

I was going to write an article on the relative drag coefficients of electric cars, since it relates to their efficiency.  When I drive or look at sports cars, I appreciate their slipstream forms.  They range from the best at … Continue reading

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Most of Trump’s Speech was Election Year Malarky

Most of What Trump Said Was Election Year Malarky It’s hard to know where to start.  Let’s start with Whew!  Calmer minds have taken over. I think for such an important War or Peace speech, it would have been better … Continue reading

Posted in 2020 Election, 2020 Primaries, Affairs of State, California Oil, California Power Mixes, Climate Change, Donald Trump, EPA, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Iran, Middle East, NATO, North Korea Nuclear Threat, Nuclear Weapons, Politics, Regulations, Saudi Oil Imports, Terrorism, Trump Administration, US Oil, World Oil Exports, World Oil Usage | Leave a comment

Why Are We Waiting for Trump Alone to Determine War or Peace?

We’re back to this incomprehension of why, in supposedly the most advanced nation in the world, the question of war or peace is determined by one of the most self-interested billionaires, who is seriously affected by any challenges to his … Continue reading

Posted in Affairs of State, Communications, Congress, Constitution, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Donald Trump, Economies, Fossil Fuel Energy, Iran, Middle East, Nuclear Weapons, Politics, Saudi Oil Imports, State Department, US Oil, World Oil Exports, World Oil Usage | Leave a comment