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About Barry A.F.

Barry A.F. I've had an interest in renewable energy and EVs since the days of deep cycle lead acid conversions and repurposed drive motors (and $10/watt solar panels). How things have changed. Also I have an interest in systems thinking (or first principles as some call it), digging into how things work from the ground up. Did you know that 97% of all Wikipedia articles link to Philosophy? A very small percentage link to Pragmatism.   A link to all my articles



Author Archives: Barry A.F.

I Will Make Covid-19 Respect Me

May 17th, 2020 | by Barry A.F.

Everyone wants things to reopen. Nobody is happy having to shelter in place or being concerned about money or not being able to do what we have been doing all our lives. However, Covid-19 is just not cooperating


The Factions In The COVID-19 Reopening Debate

May 11th, 2020 | by Barry A.F.

Up until quite recently, perhaps even the last few days, there had been two main factions in the fight against Covid-19, conservatives who preach reality denial and justifiable murder vs. the non-reality deniers, those who understand that this virus is deadly and the need to use public policy to prevent infections until we can at least control if not eradicate Covid-


The Dangers Of Reopening The Economy Too Soon

May 10th, 2020 | by Barry A.F.

At the moment, we have had over a quarter million deaths due to covid-19. This death toll will continue to rise until the virus infects everyone and causes millions of deaths, or until we defeat it, either by social distancing and contact tracing, a vaccine, a treatment, or whatever tools we employ, including new technologies. I am personally fascinated by the potential of covid-sniffing dogs


A Tale Of Two Oil States: Norway & Alberta, Canada

April 23rd, 2020 | by Barry A.F.

Both Norway and Alberta, Canada are economies that gain huge profits from selling oil. They have huge natural reserves of it and make ginormous profits from feeding our "need" for oil powered transportation. However, their method of deploying those profits is in sharp contrast, and interestingly it even guides their philosophies and how they view climate change


Why Is COVID-19 Taken More Seriously Than Climate Change?

March 21st, 2020 | by Barry A.F.

Climate change is an existential threat to humanity. We are on a trajectory to destroying a livable climate. This has been modeled, we know why it's happening, how it works, and how to fight it. We also have the technology to defeat it. And bonus, that technology is cost effective


A Gas Station!

February 11th, 2020 | by Barry A.F.

There was a building on a relatively busy corner leading out of town that could never stay in business. From the time I was a kid, it kept changing and opening as something else — a restaurant, a trading post, an antique store, a restaurant several times, and probably a few other businesses over the years that I can't even remember


A Guide To Disaster Preparedness — Part Two

December 31st, 2019 | by Barry A.F.

Due to climate change, 100-year, 500-year, and even 1000-year weather events are happening with alarming regularity. Unfortunately, we are still not at a mitigation level to avoid 1.5ºC or even 2ºC (2.7° F to 3.6° F) temperature rise


Fear of Progress

November 25th, 2019 | by Barry A.F.

A recent article on CleanTechnica, "BBC Click: Are Electric Vehicles 'The Future Of Road Vehicles?' EV Owners: 'Duh.'" basically covered what CleanTechnica and other green energy websites have been saying for years, that EVs are superior to internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles in more ways than one. This is not news to informed progressives, but it is very much news to the general public


Anatomy Of A Watershed Event

October 27th, 2019 | by Barry A.F.

For background, please see this previous article: "Will A Watershed Event Turn The Tide Against Fossil Fuels?" A watershed event is defined as: An event or period that is important because it represents a big change and the start of new developments


A Guide To Disaster Preparedness — Part One

October 25th, 2019 | by Barry A.F.

We are still not at a mitigation level to avoid 1.5ºC or even 2ºC temperature rise, but of course we hope to get there before runaway climate change destroys us. Part of what we can do is to be prepared for extreme climate events. They can happen to anyone, and there is no way to know who that will be and when


The New Right-Wing Ploy Coming Soon: Fake Climate Solutions

September 26th, 2019 | by Barry A.F.

At the moment, many right-wing ideologues are sticking to abject climate change denial, crazy ideas like — it is not happening, it is good for us, it is not caused by humans, it is a left-wing conspiracy, it's designed to steal your money, and so on. Notice how many are contradictory — not happening and good for us are mutually exclusive. The idea is to throw out as many rationalizations as possible to provide a "plausible" excuse for each of their supporters via varying reality-denying views


Will A Watershed Event Turn The Tide Against Fossil Fuels?

September 17th, 2019 | by Barry A.F.

Right now we are facing an existential crisis, despite the fact conservatives deny the reality of climate change and the media doing their bidding (thanks to bullying, bothsiderism, and disinterest) climate change quickly threatens the future of the planet and the human race



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