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Author Archives: Michael Barnard

Public Fear Of Nuclear Isn’t Why Nuclear Energy Is Fading

March 15th, 2019 | by Michael Barnard

Fear of nuclear power is vastly overrated as an issue among pro-nuclear advocates. Like conservatives in the USA up to the Secretary of the Interior blaming non-existent eco-terrorists for west coast wildfires, it's a strawman, a convenient fiction that the nuclear advocates share among themselves to avoid the harsh truth


US Commentators Point At Germany For Bad Energy Policies, But Live In Glass Houses

March 15th, 2019 | by Michael Barnard

There are two persistent and overlapping trends in American discussions of climate change, nuclear energy, and renewable energy. The first is American exceptionalism, the idea that the USA is doing better than any country in the world despite denying climate change and walking away from the Paris Accord. The second is that Germany is awful, choosing to shut down its nuclear plants, resulting in massive increases in greenhouse gases


Wind Farm Coming? Here’s What To Expect & How To Help Your Community

March 7th, 2019 | by Michael Barnard

Wind farms aren't universally accepted by communities where they are being established. It's important to provide care and feeding to those communities, to provide them the immunization that they often require from those irrationally or ideologically opposed to wind energy and to assist them in healing breaches that occur. Wind farms bring change, and change is often difficult


Climate Change & Metaphors: A Primer

February 16th, 2019 | by Michael Barnard

We have majority acceptance of the science, the remaining deniers are pretty motivated thinkers and the biggest problem is getting people to see the need for action right now


New Study On Soil Carbon Capture Has Deniers In Rapture

December 26th, 2018 | by Michael Barnard

This is a weak study in a predatory journal by a non-expert in soil volume which contradicts the systematic review of the IPCC, the most critiqued and carefully managed body of knowledge in the world. It is not something to base an argument on


Cities Should Embrace Electric Bikes

December 12th, 2018 | by Michael Barnard

Electric bikes make everyone healthier. They reduce the societal subsidy for driving cars. They increase productivity. They increase the economy. They reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Cities should embrace them



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