The UK should be going mad for fracking

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  1. American_Jihad

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    James Lovelock: The UK should be going mad for fracking

    6/15/12 By Leo Hickman

    Scientist James Lovelock is the man behind Gaia theory, and once predicted doom for our climate. He discusses nuclear (good), wind power (bad) and why fracking is the future

    James Lovelock is packing up. In one sense, the celebrated scientist and environmental author is simply moving house. Boxes and piles of unsorted papers scatter the floor of his home and "experimental station" located in a wooded valley on the Cornwall-Devon border. But, in another sense, at the age of 92, he is finally leaving his life of scientific study and invention behind; a career that included the formulation of the Gaia theory, his highly influential hypothesis that the Earth is a self-regulating, single organism. His personal effects, notebooks and equipment are being logged and archived ahead of entering London's Science Museum's collection later this year.


    Indeed, earlier this year he admitted to MSNBC in an interview reported around the world with somewhat mocking headlines along the lines of "Doom-monger recants", that he had been "extrapolating too far" in reaching such a conclusion and had made a "mistake" in claiming to know with such certainty what will happen to the climate.

    But Lovelock is relaxed about how this reversal might be perceived. He says being allowed to change your mind and follow the evidence is one of the liberating marvels of being an independent scientist, something he has revelled in since leaving Nasa, his last full-time employer, in the late 1960s.

    He says it will be the topic of his latest book, due out next year, which has the working title Adventures of a Lone Scientist. He smiles: "My publisher keeps telling me: 'Can't you do a more cheery book this time?'"

    Moving house has handed Lovelock the chance to pore over the everyday objects resulting from his life's work, most of which have been in the attic for decades. He picks up an undated invitation to MI5's Christmas dinner at a restaurant in London. In his other hand, he holds an old envelope stamped: "On Her Majesty's Service: Top secret." (As a freelance scientist, he's worked for many organisations.) There are get-well cards from the likes of the astronomer Carl Sagan, sent when he had heart problems in the early 1980s.

    He finally finds the letter from Nasa: "I'd read science-fiction since I was a small kid, so when I got a letter from the director of space flight at Nasa I was gobsmacked. I realised I didn't want to spend the rest of my life as a civil servant, and I didn't like the idea of having everything planned right up to my retirement. My boss [at the National Institute for Medical Research in London] said I'd be a fool to ignore it and out of all that, ultimately, came Gaia."


    Lovelock says he's doubtful that internationalist efforts of this sort achieve much: "Whenever the UN puts its finger in, it seems to become a mess. The burden of my thoughts are very much that the climate situation is more complex than we at present are capable of handling, or possibly even in the future. You can't treat it as a scientific problem alone. You have to involve the whole world, and then there's the time constant of human activity. Look at how long ago the Kyoto treaty was – 15 years ago – and damn all has been done. The human time constant is very slow. You don't get major changes in under 50-100 years, and climate doesn't wait for that."

    James Lovelock: The UK should be going mad for fracking | Environment | The Guardian
  2. waltky

    waltky Wise ol' monkey Supporting Member

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    Mebbe dey should call `em earth-fracks...
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  3. bobgnote

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    The government needed to subsidize CO2-neutral biomass research and ban fracking, long ago. Fracking is a clue, petroleum has been treated like a religion, when religions have been freaking and fucking around, when we need to ban the several kinds of fucking, by religions and petroleum industry, period.

    But instead, the government likes to entertain fucktards, while trying to compensate, for an increasingly idiotic population, by letting a bunch of illegal aliens into the US, in the vain hope the genetic pool won't collapse.

    Democrats hedge their disillusioned constituencies, with naturalized citizens. Democrats seek to compete with pubs, for idiot-recruits, which may have been spawned up, as Christians or Jews. I have no idea why any of the many Muslims would vote for a Democrat or a Republican, but black Obamney probably gets some Muzzie support.

    But for all the crosstards, there's no cross-breeding. The many aliens don't cross-breed, while the failing number of US-born idiots are losing North American culture, to what is essentially an invasion, of proliferating Catholic culture, which tends to go to church at some Pentacostal outfit, as much as it confesses.

    Now that the Pope believes in global warming, the dilemma about emergencies related to global warming intensify, while breeders lose their catechism, or the Pope will have to go, for birth control, and idiot representatives will have to move past cap and trade, to radical re-greening.

    But nobody is moving, to re-green. The Pope isn't for birth control. The aliens try to out-breed local idiots, and the aliens are clearly winning. People with common sense wander around, in traffic.

    But the aliens just bonk up a load of little migra-bait. The idiots who live here, in the US aren't up to enough cross-breeding, to keep up, with lawyers and laborers and putas and taco-vendors and dope-dealers and machetes. What can be done, for idiots?

    So nobody gets the CO2-neutral biomass or re-greening DONE, past queer arguments about cap and trade, while US-born idiots masturbate, fucktards make little idiots, and aliens breed, with each other, since who wants to get with a fucking idiot, over Iglis? Do YOU have science or common sense? Welcome to my dilemma.

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