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.

The National Case for Water Conservation — Answers to Donald Trump

The National Case for Water Conservation — Answer to Donald Trump We will show show below that some key states for Republicans and Trump have records of drought, including of course, California, but also his largest state, Texas.  Nothing motivates … Continue reading

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The Clever Real Estate Study of the Cost of Commuting, and California Cities

I drove on the freeway on a weekday, for two hours, yesterday, so it is timely to report on another study on the cost of commuting.  This one, by Clever Real Estate, lists the top 50 cities in terms of … Continue reading

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“You Can Fool Some of the People All the Time” — Has Trump Won?

“You Can Fool Some of The People All the Time” — Has Trump Won? President Lincoln might have said this, but Trump, and his cohort, and his Party, and his Fox News, live it.  As long as 90% of them … Continue reading

Posted in Affairs of State, Climate Change, Climate Education, Congress, Congressional Investigation, Constitution, Donald Trump, Equal Treatment Under the Law, Fifth Amendment, Fossil Fuel Energy, Impeachment, Oil, Politics, Russia, Supreme Court | Leave a comment

Completely Nuking Threatening Asteroids, and Star Wars

Completely Nuking Threatening Asteroids, and Star Wars Recently, simulations showed that blowing up a very large asteroid would only result in the asteroid reconstituting itself by gravitational attraction.  The asteroid only took hours to reconstitute itself. We can put a … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving for Environmental Actions

Thanksgiving for Environmental Actions While many (most) environmental articles are negative, there is yet an abundance of research, knowledge, education, plans and commitments to solve these problems, especially climate change.  We can celebrate these for Thanksgiving. First of all, the … Continue reading

Posted in Affairs of State, Air Quality, CAFE Standards, California Smog, Clean Energy, Climate Change, Climate Education, Climate Science, Coal, Energy Efficiency, Fossil Fuel Energy, Global Climate Action Summit, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Mayor's Climate Action Plan, Paris Climate Accord, Paris Climate Agreement, Renewable Energy, Solar Energy, Transportation, US Climate Mayors, Wind Energy, World Smog | Leave a comment

UN Data on Emissions and Needed Goals

We start with emission data from the UN Environment Report, and show the areas in which emissions can be sharply cut with existing technologies.  The current Paris Accord agreements are just keeping up with business as usual, given rising economic … Continue reading

Posted in Air Travel Emissions, CAFE Standards, Clean Energy, Climate Change, Climate Education, Climate Science, Conservation, Electric Cars, Electric Power, Energy Efficiency, Equivalent Electric Car Emissions, Fossil Fuel Energy, Global Climate Action Summit, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Mayor's Climate Action Plan, Natural Gas, Nuclear Energy, Paris Climate Accord, Paris Climate Agreement, Renewable Energy, Solar Energy, Wind Energy, World Steel Production | Leave a comment

Trump’s Wall Wall.

Trump’s Wall-Wall, or Double Wall, or Kushy Wall, or Jared’s Wall, take your pick, or create your own. A hundred dollar saw has now defeated Trump’s 2,000 mile, most beautiful 30 or 40 foot high wall ever, all concrete, impervious … Continue reading

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Trump’s Impeachment Shorts

Trump Shorts, Going Far Back in Time, for a Whole Week As usual, Trumpworld moves too fast, into realms beyond imagination. Was it Rick Perry’s corruption in Ukraine that Trump knew about and used to force him to say that … Continue reading

Posted in 2020 Election, 2020 Primaries, Affairs of State, Congress, Congressional Investigation, Constitution, Donald Trump, Equal Treatment Under the Law, Freedom of the Press, Freedoms, Impeachment, Mueller Report, Nuclear Energy, Nuclear Weapons, Steve Bannon, Trump Administration, UC Irvine | Leave a comment

The Whistleblower Saved Trump from Fulfillment and Impeachment

The Whistleblower Saved Trump From Fulfillment and Impeachment If the Latin don’t rhyme, there was no crime.   The Republican dodge on impeachment is that no crime was committed, so you cannot impeach the President.  Of course, attempts to commit … Continue reading

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The Times Higher Education World Ranking of Physical Sciences in California Universities

Today, the Times Higher Education came out with their world rankings of Physical Sciences Schools in world universities.  As usual, we cite the world’s top 15, and then just the California Universities.  Three of the top 10 Universities are in … Continue reading

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