The Sound of Settled Science

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    Scientists are just beginning to understand how microscopic organisms that rise out of the ocean can help manage global temperatures.

    Climate Change and the Role of Seawater Microbes - The Atlantic

    (All science today is “global temperatures” science, because “global temperatures” are the magic funding words.)
     
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    Now that the researchers have scratched the surface of what gets up into sea spray, the issue becomes whether these same microbes are the ones that have been found in clouds. Prather says that the organisms up there have not yet been fully identified, but gathering more samples with balloons or specialized planes is a plausible next step. The group also plans to repeat the sea-spray experiments using seawater from different times of year, or seawater inoculated with cultures of sea-going microbes from elsewhere in the world, to see how the results change.

    Another route will be to pump in different amounts of carbon dioxide into the tube’s air to study the effects of the rising levels in Earth’s atmosphere. “One of the questions is, what happens to the microbes—what happens to all these processes—when you get to a more enriched CO2 atmosphere? What happens when we hit 600 parts per million, which we will?” says Prather. “We want to do those experiments now, so we can predict where we’re going.”

    Climate Change and the Role of Seawater Microbes - The Atlantic

    Seems to be solid science, and an interesting aspect of the interaction of the biosphere and the oceans and atmosphere.
     
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    Funny how you call for gutting the global economy when we don't know anything about how the climate works.
     
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    Now Weather, that is not only not the case, but it is also a diversion from your own OP. Actually, the renewables are producing electricity cheaper than fossil fuels, and definately cheaper than nuclear. And solar and wind are still declining in price. So the use of renewables will not only be beneficial to the environment, but also beneficial to the consumers pocketbook.
     
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    By the way, Weather, thank you for an interesting article.
     
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    Only reason energy costs have gone down is because we have a President who loves America in office now.
     
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    And no, the OP highlights how little we know, and so therefore the lefts draconian knee jerk reactions are idiotic and not based upon science.
     
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    Renewable energy also started off the year strong. According to the EIA, "in February 2018, for the first time in decades, all of the new generating capacity coming online within a month were non-fossil-fueled. Of the 475 MW of capacity that came online in February, 81 percent was wind, 16 percent was solar photovoltaic, and the remaining 3 percent was hydro and biomass."

    Solar has been building on its successes in the past year, possibly fueled in part by the threat of tariffs from the Trump administration. In terms of energy generation, 2017 was the first year that solar passed biomass to become the third-most prevalent renewable energy in the US, after wind and hydroelectric power. "Electricity generation from solar resources in the United States reached 77 million megawatt hours (MWh) in 2017, surpassing for the first time annual generation from biomass resources, which generated 64 million MWh in 2017," the EIA wrote.

    In February, no fossil fuel-based generation was added to US grid

    And solar and wind continue to decline in price.
     
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    Wow, in the coldest month of the year no power plants were completed. Damning.
     
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    If you lefties hadn't killed the greenest most reliable energy none of this would be happening. Only one nuclear plant under construction today.

    Many natural gas-fired power plants under construction are near major shale plays - Today in Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

    Category:Proposed coal plants in the United States - SourceWatch
     

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