GOD BLESS TEXAS

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    Nov 19, 2010 2:27 AM GMT


    The same guy who said: "Wind is God's way of balancing heat. Wind is the way you shift heat from areas where it's hotter to areas where it's cooler. That's what wind is. Wouldn't it be ironic if int he interest of global warming we mandated massive switches to energy, which is a finite resource, which slows the winds down, which causes the temperature to go up?"

    Every time he speaks I start doing a happy dance.
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    Nov 19, 2010 2:40 AM GMT
    I find his explanation correct. Alaska is hypothesized to be much closer to the equator a long time ago according to the tectonic shift/continental drift theory:
    300px-TectonicReconstructionGlobal2.gif

    I.e. oil is derived from remains of fauna and flora that used to live on what is currently Alaska.

    And his explanation of how wind is generated isn't so far-fetched (most wind is generated due to differences in pressure, I thought), at least one type of wind:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wind#CauseThe thermal wind is the difference in the geostrophic wind between two levels in the atmosphere. It exists only in an atmosphere with horizontal temperature gradients
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    Nov 19, 2010 4:13 AM GMT
    Oh, I get it. Mr. Barton is trying get Dr. Chu to say that Alaska was once warm, i.e. global warming has happened before and is no biggie. I was just dumb and trying to see what the point of the question was, if there was a point.
    Except that Mr. Barton didn't know about plate tectonics and should be ashamed of his ignorance, instead of smirking at Dr. Chu's attempt to explain geology to him.
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    Nov 19, 2010 4:18 AM GMT
    http://videos.howstuffworks.com/discovery/30985-why-tell-me-why-oil-in-alaska-video.htm
    Nice summary in a video form in 1:36--about the same time as the OP's.
    Scientists should not be forced to explain themselves in high stress situations like Congressional hearings. The questions should be asked ahead of time, so that adequate time and preparation of materials will overcome scientists' lack of oratory.
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    Nov 19, 2010 4:36 AM GMT
    It's just to much to ask that someone who chairs the Energy & Commerce committee have at least 6th grade science knowledge.