Norton Virginia as seen from Flag Rock
Fig. 1 Norton Virginia as seen from Flag Rock

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Welcome to my website. Here I will address issues others are afraid to bring up.

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I will not play political correctness. I deal only with the scientific method and empirical data. I don't want to hear about "authority" or computer models. I have read endless articles over the last 50 years on climate Armageddon any day. Jesus will not return, nor will the earth burn up in a few years.

One can not computer model future climate events. All efforts so far have failed, are so vague, or assume science that is unproven by the scientific method.

We can end the burning of most fossil fuels today without impoverishing and starving millions of people. Why are we waiting? What is the problem? No, it is not "renewables" that often cause more environmental damage than they prevent.

What is wrong with an education system that believes a 40% proficiency rate is cause for celebration? This engineered illiteracy in the name of diversity is not acceptable.

I have studied earth science, fossils, etc., for decades. If one is confused about the scientific method, see the following graphic Scientific Method.

Common Sense versus Religion

Common sense environmentalism must place human needs first, mitigate actual pollution, make proper use of resources, and employ reasonable conservation methods. Humans must always come first, not nature.

Common sense environmentalism is better known as conservationism. I view man as a partner with Nature and part of it. They co-exist to each other's benefit. I seek practical solutions.

Environmentalism arose in the 1960s-70s. It is an anti-human, pantheistic system that deifies Nature. Nature is divine and must be preserved as "pristine" at all costs.

Environmentalists see man as separate from Nature, as a destructive force. They seek no solution for the co-existence of the two.

Covservationism needs to be done from a personal perspective and action, not centralized planning or government control. It will take education in technology. Learn how things work and what is involved. Stay away from fads. If one is on a spiritual adventure, go to church.

Environmentalism takes a collectivist view. All things are interrelated; there is no room for individualism. Conformity with a Nature-centered world view must become public policy - by force if needed.

Common sense environmentalism or conservationism places reason first. Environmentalism, like all religions, places emotion first. Recycling and eating organic foods have become a religious ritual with no regard for cost-benefit considerations.

The Great Extinctions by Norman MacLeod
Fig. 2 The Great Extinctions by Norman MacLeod

To begin, one must have a working knowledge of earth science, including geology and natural processes, to understand the climate debate.

The physical processes in nature today are the same as those in the past. To quote the definition of actualism from Norman MacLeod

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"Actualism - the doctrine that the same (actual) processes observed to exist in the modern world existed in the past and can be invoked to account for or explain geological phenomena."

Let us look at an example today. The news headlines scream about the drought in Europe. "The worst in 500 years," proclaims the news outlets. Well, not really.

The 1919-22 drought killed millions across the world. This drought spread from Britain to Russia to China.

To quote The Times, "Day after Day of these African conditions is proving a severe strain on the English constitution...The country was in the grip of an astonishing prolonged drought."

You won't find that definition for some reason on a Google search. Geological "relates to the study of the earth's physical structure and substance." Without that knowledge, earth science, which includes climate, makes no sense.

Fig 2 illustrates one of my favorite earth science books. Norman MacLeod follows the scientific method, noting the ongoing debates in geology and paleontology. There is none of the "settled science" nonsense. He states, "the vagaries of the fossil record."

He explores five significant extinctions. At best, he calls the present hysterical claims of a "sixth extinction" hypothetical. I call it fear-mongering.

I prefer written textbooks over Google's narrow, rigged web searches that promote a particular narrative. I like direct observation and physical evidence, not political authority from paid activists.

Government Science as Tyranny
Government Science as Tyranny

President Eisenhower warned of the "defense industrial complex." He also warned of the science-industrial complex. Money, politics, and even religion have distorted modern science, if not undermined, scientific objectivity.

As Eisenhower noted in 1961, research is so expensive that only the wealthy can afford it. The average citizen can only verify a few government claims. They withhold data, alter raw data, (excuse me correct the information) operate in secrecy, redefine words, etc.

Eisenhower's Farewell Address, 1961 (extract)

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex...

Akin to, and largely responsible for the sweeping changes in our industrial-military posture, has been the technological revolution during recent decades.

In this revolution, research has become central, it also becomes more formalized complex, and costly. A steadily increasing share is conducted for, by, or at the direction of, the Federal government.

Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research.

Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers.

The prospect of domination of the nation's scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present -- and is gravely to be regarded.

Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite.

Al Gore Green Religion
Al Gore Green Religion

This problem is so-called climate change research driven by politics. Refusal to follow the scientific method is widespread. Computer models replace actual measured data, sometimes resorting to altering or even manufacturing data.

The problem of government money and chasing grants is troubling, but a complex social agenda has also emerged.

Al Gore's book "Earth in the Balance," a book I own, is a fusion of New Age and Eastern religions, far-left politics, and global governance.

Just a few of his ramblings:

"we feel increasingly distant from our roots in the earth...civilization itself has been on a journey from its foundations in the world of nature to an evermore contrived, controlled and manufactured world of our initiative and sometimes arrogant design...As it happens, the idea of social justice is inextricably linked in the Scriptures with ecology...The last vestige of organized goddess worship was eliminated by Christianity...it seems obvious that a better understanding of a religious heritage preceding our own by so many thousands of years could offer us new insights."

Environmentalism is more a social science, political reform movement, and religious dogma, not hard science.

See the following:

Social justice (or environmental justice) is just Marxism. To quote,

CRITICAL THEORY is rooted in Marxism, and SOCIAL JUSTICE, as social justice warrior Joan Alway admits above, is application of Critical Theory "affecting revolutionary social change." That revolution may be labeled liberation, cultural transformation, or Christian Social Justice, but it begins with Progressives "deconstructing" traditional Western values and culture by redistributing wealth and power. Traditional Marxists tried and failed to accomplish redistribution by establishing class equality. Twenty-first century Progressives are attempting to accomplish it by establishing "identity" equality: sexual, gender, racial equality. These Progressive efforts are evident everywhere in American culture.

Ref. Critical Theory & Social Justice, URL 10/27/2022: https://jude3pca.org/critical-theory-and-social-justice/

Make no mistake about how Al Gore and other Progressives see the world. Liberal-Progressive anti-white racism has zero to do with advancing "people of color."

The www.thelancet.com Vol 385 April 11, 2015 Richard Horton wrote the following:

The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue. Afflicted by studies with small sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for pursuing fashionable trends of dubious importance, science has taken a turn towards darkness...

The above video is about the World Economic Forum, a fascistic organization seeking global dominance. They conspire with Big Tech and the UN by their admission. No, they do not "own" the science.

Modern warming began in ~1850, not 1979. Before 1850 a prolonged cooling period was known as the Little Ice Age. The Thames froze over several times.

To quote www.historic-uk.com on Frost Fairs,

"Between 1600 and 1814, it was not uncommon for the River Thames to freeze over for up to two months at time. ... Britain (and the entire of the Northern Hemisphere) was locked in what is now known as the 'Little Ice Age.'"

Historical facts. CO2 levels were not responsible for the severe and sudden warming ending the Little Ice Age or the 1920s droughts.

To quote the Austin American Statesman July 18, 2022:

"Depending on where you lived, the two worst (droughts) of the past 100 years took place during the 1930s, when the Dust Bowl worsened the misery of the Great Depression, and during the 1950s..."

These facts don't discount present human activities causing current conditions. It is likely natural variation and perhaps human activity combined.

Sudden weather shifts are regular. To further quote on Texas,

"Three years — 1951, 1954 and 1956 — count among the driest in the state's history. ... The drought ended when an April 24, 1957, storm brought down 10 inches of rain, as well as hail and tornadoes, on wide stretches of Texas within a few hours. The rain continued for 32 days; floods followed."

Appalachian Voices commissioned a study in 2009. They claimed, "nearly 1.2 million acres had been surface mined for coal and more than 500 mountains destroyed by mountaintop removal coal mining."

In Wise County, VA., where I grew up, strip mining "covered 40% of the land area."

About 70 years ago, Virginia's black bear population was about 1,000. Today black bears thrive in Virginia. The black bear population is between 18,000 to 20,000 in 2021.

1607 Jamestown settled estimated Virginia deer population ~400,000.

In the 1920s-30s, Virginia estimated deer population was ~25,000, all but wiped out in Western Virginia. Large-scale coal mining begins in Southwest Virginia in the 1920s.

1926 deer restoration program begins. 1938 "over half the state devoid of deer."

1950 Virginia deer population ~150,000. 1970 Virginia deer population ~215,000. Large-scale strip mining exploded in Southwest Virginia in 1970.

1980 Virginia deer population ~422,000, 1988 Virginia deer population ~585,000.

2000 Virginia deer population ~900,000 and "stable."

Ref. Deer by the Dozen by Carol Heiser and Sally Mills.

The 2022 Virginia deer population, I estimate easily over 1 million! In other words, we have ~2.5 times as many deer in 2022 than in 1607.

Virginia's population in 1920 was ~2.3 million. In 2020 ~8.6 million. Nearly a fourfold increase.

We are awash in deer in our coal mining region, far too many. Wildlife flourishes on old strip mines.

How can this be howls environmental activists? Humans destroy nature, proclaim the activists.

No humans alter nature to the benefit of most cases to humans, plants, and animals. These results result from technology, affordable energy via fossil fuels, and government intervention.

We can certainly do better with technology, not politics or communist social engineering.

Corals growing in nuclear bomb crater Bikini Atoll.
Corals growing in nuclear bomb crater Bikini Atoll.

(Above) Bikini Atoll in the Marshal Islands was the site of more than two-dozen nuclear detonations. This is one bomb crater over one-mile wide. The region have recovered in a few decades - nature is resilient.

The lagoon has a number of ship wrecks used as target ships during the tests. They spilled tons of oil and other pollutants. The lagoon recovered anyway.

23 nuclear weapons were detonated at Bikini Atoll including the 4-6-megaton hydrogen bomb. This left a crater 1 mile wide and 160 feet deep. Recent visitors found:

"something even more astonishing to behold: a reassembling ecosystem, including schools of large fish, reef sharks and robust coral, which may have begun life as little as a decade after the area’s annihilation...not just scattered corals, but very abundant, big healthy coral communities - corals larger than cars scattered about the edges of a hydrogen bomb crater ... You’re kind of looking at that and thinking, 'Well, that’s strange. Frankly, the visual and emotional impact of it is just stunning.'"

See Bikini Atoll Recovery From Nuclear Blasts.

For the record, where possible, replace fossil fuels with nuclear power. Please spare me the whining about atomic waste, proliferation, etc. Nuclear waste can be disposed of by solidification-mixed-melted with scrap glass and buried at atomic test sites.

Breeder reactors produce new fuel from spent fuel rods, depleted uranium, thorium, etc. One million tons of potential atomic fuel is in storage—what a waste.

See Green Technology Highly Polluting, Environmentally Destructive.

Uranium mining is destructive to the environment. Reusing already mined material prevents further pollution. Look up breeder reactor. They have been built and work just fine. It is not a matter of engineering. The problem is politics.

To quote Wikipedia:

"Breeder reactors could, in principle, extract almost all of the energy contained in uranium or thorium, decreasing fuel requirements by a factor of 100 compared to widely used once-through light water reactors, which extract less than 1% of the energy in the uranium mined from the earth. The high fuel efficiency of breeder reactors could greatly reduce concerns about fuel supply, energy used in mining, and storage of radioactive waste."

In addition, we have found a way to extract uranium from seawater. The process is non-polluting, and the amount of uranium (estimated at 4.5 billion metric tons) is unlimited.

To quote www.reaserchgate.com,

"Costs of such seawater extraction have been estimated at roughly $1000/kg of uranium-produced when employing current technology, and $300/kg is deemed foreseeable with improvements in adsorbent technology."

One kilogram is about 2.2 pounds and can replace 2,500 tons of coal (when burned 9,200 tons of CO2) after conversion to fissionable material. They refuse to use this because off-shore production, while cheaper to import ($21 per pound?), hides the toxic waste and pollution elsewhere.

Most "green" energy scams simply off-shore pollution to developing countries and China, the king of pollution and toxic waste.

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, many former communists found a new belief system. Socialism and statism (mixed with ecology forming environmental justice) are still the desired goal, but a little religion doesn't hurt.

In "Ecology and Spirituality" Leslie E. Sponsel notes the following:

"Secular approaches .. have also proven insufficient to turn things around for the better. Spirituality ... may help. Spirituality refers to mystical phenomena that include profoundly moving emotional experiences that can generate vision, meaning, purpose, and direction for an individual’s life in pursuit of the sacred. ... while in recent decades affiliation with religion declined, in contrast interest in spirituality increased. ... Ecology and spirituality are interrelated in various ways and degrees: spiritual ecology has grown exponentially since the 1990s."

This superstitious rubbish has no place in science. Gaia is superstition. Eastern mysticism is superstition. Notions of "biodiversity" have taken on many aspects of New Age mysticism. Science has nothing to do with a "direction" in one's life.

This religious rubbish permeates both ecology and climate change dogma. One's hatred of capitalism and desire to remake society, or anything social, has nothing to do with science.

A German member of the UN climate committee (a nonscientist) wrote the following:

"Basically, it is a big mistake to discuss climate policy apart from the big issues of globalization. The climate summit... is not a climate conference, but one of the biggest business conferences since the Second World War ... But one has to be clear: we are effectively redistributing world wealth through climate policy. One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy. This has almost nothing to do with environmental policy..."

Their words not mine. Climate politics has never been about deer or black bears.

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The words of environmental activists:

1988 then Sen. Timothy Wirth, D-Colo said,

"We've got to...try to ride the global warming issue. Even if the theory of global warming is wrong...we will be doing the right thing anyway in terms of economic policy and environmental policy."

See Climate Change Dogma About Money

Bartender and New York Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says:

"Fighting climate change will be 'the civil rights movement of our generation'. It's inevitable that we will create jobs. We can use the transition to 100 percent renewable energy as the vehicle to truly deliver and establish economic, social and racial justice in the United States of America."

The above illustrates why also I'm a skeptic. Climate alarmism has been around for 100 years. At 65 I've read this alarmist hype for decades.

Climate change is real. It is largely due to natural causes. Their "end of the world" hysteria is irrational. It completely defies even basic earth science.

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Detroit Free Press notes in 2018:

Every demographic of students has seen a slide in third-grade literacy. White students, for instance, saw a 6.5 percentage point drop, from 58.2% proficient in 2014 to 51.7% in 2016. That compares with black students, who declined 3.3 percentage points, from 23.2% to 19.9%; Hispanic students, who declined 5.2 percentage points, from 37.2% to 32%, and Asian students, who declined 6.3 percentage points, from 69.7% to 63.4%. Meanwhile, low-income students (those eligible for free or reduced price lunch), declined 6.2 percentage points, from 35.3% to 29.1%; while higher-income students declined 6.4 percentage points, from 66.8% to 60.4%.

And:

Just 23% of Michigan's students graduate prepared for college or careers. And the state ranked 46th in fourth-grade reading and 37th in eighth-grade math on a rigorous national exam.

What the hell are they doing? I'll reveal what the problem really. The drops were not East Asians or European whites.

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