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Cartoon: A closer look at science and technology – Man-Made Global Warming

January 11, 2010

  1. Probitee permalink
    January 12, 2010 2:29 pm

    Hugo you have once again made a point that hit home with me. A big guy I know who sold natural gas gizmos once told me the Chinese produced and sold sensors for underground natural gas pipelines to monitor natural gas flow in pipeline markers you see along some roads and highways. My paranoia took over and I immediately thought, "Why would we purchase Chinese made gizmos? What if they set them up to disrupt the flow of our natural gas supplies? What is the Department of Energy thinking?" Interstate and intrastate transmission pipelines feed over 1.1 million miles of regional lines in some 1,300 local distribution utility networks. Collectively, the natural gas pipeline network delivers natural gas to 62 million customers in the United States. Should we trust Chinese made gizmos with their track record for cutting corners?

  2. Tim permalink
    January 13, 2010 12:36 pm

    About the content of your ‘toons, uhhh… But I do think your drawing style is unique. You should be the next Crumb, or doing album covers from the ’70’s.


  3. your friend permalink
    February 2, 2010 11:49 pm

    is global warming really the result of increased human population? Hmmm. what about the ice age? who caused that? I think the bigger issue is the over-use of a non-renewable resource, namely, oil. We’re off target, trying to blame our consumption on something more tangible. Nonetheless, if calling it “global warming”, is getting people to rethink our destruction & depletion of natural resources, then so be it. We all need to start thinking about what we are “taking” from Mother earth (our home) and start thinking about how we can give back (or at least lessen what we take). And when I say “give back”, I’m not talking about the 56 tons of trash created each year by the average person.

    • Hugo permalink*
      February 18, 2010 11:41 am

      Thanks, Friend. Actually, oil is a renewable energy source; it just takes a really long time to make. … As far as conservation of resources, I could not agree more. But I think the polarization caused by the mass persuasion campaign of Man-Made Global Warming (MMGW) may end up doing more damage to a responsible, common-sense ‘green’ movement that has been progressing for some time. I am agnostic on Person-Made Global Warming. However, I am 100% positive that there is not overwhelming evidence that any global temperature rises are due exclusively, or even primarily, to the human being. There may be in the future; but not now. Therein lies the danger of words. If you accept the premise of MMGW in the name of getting people’s attention and focus, that is dangerous in my opinion. Why is the push from the ruling class for a carbon tax or such schemes? Why aren’t they saying to us consumers, “Reduce your consumption?” You know the answer. It’s time to get small.

      Your comment on the 56 tons of trash per person has inspired me to the point of action. Starting March 1, I will start two projects I’ve been thinking about for some time: 1) baseline my family’s garbage by weight and volume; 2) baseline the mail we receive by weight. Thank you. I need to buy a scale. I’ll report back.

  4. your friend permalink
    February 26, 2010 1:11 pm

    Here’s some wikipedia for you-
    A non-renewable resource is a natural resource which cannot be produced, re-grown, regenerated, or reused on a scale which can sustain its consumption rate. These resources often exist in a fixed amount, or are consumed much faster than nature can recreate them.
    Fossil fuels are non-renewable resources because they take millions of years to form, and reserves are being depleted much faster than new ones are being formed.

    • Hugo permalink*
      March 4, 2010 12:45 pm

      Good point, Friend. Sincerely I wonder at what point wind power reaches that balance (rate of consumption > rate of renewing). Imagine a windmill stationed on every square foot; theoretically that would have an impact on weather patterns. … Trash update: First weekly weigh-in was Tues night. Preliminary #s as follows: garbage – 116 lbs net (i.e. excluding container), of which 27 lbs was cat litter; recyclables – 15lbs net, of which approx. 50% was stuff I got in the mail that immediately went into the recycling bin. At this pace, my family will put out 3.0 Tons of ‘direct’ trash annually. If you have any links/ references on how to estimate the ‘indirect’ trash effects, it would be appreciated; for example, how much trash is created at the factory by way of me buying a garbage bag, for ironic instance? A formal and certified report will soon follow. Thanks again for the inspiration.


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