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Climate Science

  • Skeptical Science -- Actually not a climate skeptic website. It's a climate alarmist website, refuting just about every climate skeptic argument imaginable. Terrific resource. On many issues, it has "basic", "intermediate", and "advanced" answers, and if even the "advanced" answer isn't satisfying, there are blog entries following the answers where fairly sophisticated, intelligent people are discussing the matter in even more detail.
  • NOAA Global Climate at a Glance -- This website allows one to plot global temperature data since 1880, averaged over time spans ranging from one month to 5 years. It also allows one to plot temperature for the US, or for any state, or for many cities. Very informative, especially when discussing the false claim frequently made by climate skeptics that global temperatures haven't risen since 1998.

Carbon-Free Energy

  • Stanford Professor Mark Z. Jacobson's Plan for 100% carbon-free energy in the US by 2050, with no nuclear (132 pages). I haven't read all 132 pages, but as I understand it, it involves getting energy mostly from solar, wind, hydro, and geothermal, and using hydro for energy storage for windless nights. Pretty much every suitable hydro site in the country has already been dammed, and Jacobson realizes this. For energy storage, we'll need an order of magnitude more dam turbines than we have, and the proposal is to add more turbines to existing dams, including many irrigation dams that currently don't have any turbines on them.
  • Christopher T. M. Clack's Rebuttal to the Jacobson Planwhich is only 6 pages long. When I read it, I had the impression that it was saying that a large number of new dams would need to be built, which everyone knows would not be possible. Jacobson sued the authors of this paper for misrepresenting his work, but later dropped the suit.
  • XKCD Radiation Dose Chart To give one an idea of how much radiation is involved in nuclear energy, as compared to natural sources. XKCD sources of Radiation Dose Chart.
  • Death Rates by Energy Type Note that a lot more people die per kilowatt-hour generated from rooftop solar than from nuclear, because installers fall off of the roofs and die. Global nuclear is much worse that US nuclear, because the Chernobyl plant didn't have a containment vessel, while all US nuclear power plants do. Hydro is dangerous because sometimes dams burst and wash out towns downstream. Global hydro is much worse than US hydro because of one huge dam that burst in China, killing 170,000 people.
  • Cost per MWh by Energy Type Note that when the cost of wind and solar are calculated, they usually aren't factoring in the expense of either storing the energy for windless nights, or keeping a backup supply from some other source on standby.

Other Organizations

  • ­NYC Alternative Energy Meetup This group has been around for over a decade. In its current form, they have entrepreneurs from the alternative energy industry come and give talks.
  • Rep­ublicEn A group for conservatives concerned about climate change.
  • ­Citizens Climate Lobby A bipartisan group advocating a revenue neutral carbon fee and dividend. In NYC at least, most of their members are Democrats, but they are extremely welcoming of any conservatives who want to join. Unlike most environmental organizations, they are also pro-nuclear.
  • ­Citizens Climate Lobby Manhattan there is now a meetup for CCL Manhattan, started in November of 2018. There are also CCL groups in Queens and Brooklyn, but they don't have meetups yet.
  • Cli­mate Leadership Council and Americans for Carbon Dividends conservative groups promoting a revenue neutral carbon tax.


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