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Friday, October 26, 2012

Stepping from Sense to Nonsense

One of the most annoying types of essay/blogpost is the one that starts out as something completely reasonable but then veers off into bulshytt. To take only one example among many, a recent article on why we can't solve big problems starts off okay but then makes a left turn:

Sometimes we fail to solve big problems because our institutions have failed. In 2010, less than 2 percent of the world's energy consumption was derived from advanced renewable sources such as wind, solar, and biofuels.
If the object is to avoid emitting possibly-excess CO2, we don't need a Manhattan Project to solve the problem because we already had a Manhattan Project that produced a an energy source that didn't emit CO2. It was called the Manhattan Project.

Maybe people are unwilling to join something resembling the Manhattan Project because they're worried that idiots will oppose any results that work.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Vader said...

Yeah, I saw that, too. Tried to call him on it in the comments.

Any discussion of energy policy that does not mention nuclear energy does not deserve to be taken seriously.

5:52 PM  

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