Another warning, to the US, about the risks of Republican Party scientific policy

Discussion in 'Science & Society' started by iceaura, Mar 24, 2019.

  1. billvon Valued Senior Member

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    Right - but that's sort of the opposite of what you said before. Those transmission losses INCREASE under conditions of high load. In other words, they are wasting a lot of electricity during high usage, but less during times of low usage.
    It will utilize otherwise-unused CAPACITY - not energy. Charging EV's at night will increase wasted energy, just because the load on the grid will go up. However, we will not need to build new power plants to support them.[/quote]
     
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  3. iceaura Valued Senior Member

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    In the debate over some of this Republican administration's new regulations of government funded science, we discover that the EPA administrator overseeing the implementation of one of the worst (and most politically "sensitive") new rules does not know what he is doing:
    https://blog.ucsusa.org/gretchen-goldman/wheelers-breathtaking-ignorance-of-science-in-one-comment
    Background: https://science.sciencemag.org/cont...uth-code=c0422d13-96b9-4113-9403-aa01f0d34606

    Political background, briefly: https://mikethemadbiologist.com/2019/06/10/thatthats-not-what-double-blinded-means/
     
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  5. Speakpigeon Valued Senior Member

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    How come?
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  7. iceaura Valued Senior Member

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    Republican policy makers don't want their science advisors close at hand, and they don't want them to contradict Republican claims at all. Ways to accomplish that include cutting off their funding, moving politically inconvenient researchers into non-productive bureaucratic backwater jobs, and making lots of rules enforced via political overseers concerning what they are allowed to tell people about their findings. Such things have been done in Republican administrations since Reagan, ramped up especially under W, and now even more under Trump. But that can look bad. It reminds people of how the Soviets trashed their biological sciences for decades.

    A better way, less accountable, is to get key researchers to quit and then never replace them, preventing them and their former agencies from publishing their findings or even having findings at all, while moving the rest of the operations to someplace far from Republican policy makers and little populated by journalists and other pests:
    https://news.vice.com/en_us/article...es-thats-really-bad-news-for-climate-research
     

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