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Matt Ridley on How Fossil Fuels are Greening the Planet (video)
Reason ^ | March 13, 2013 | Paul Feine & Alex Manning

Posted on 03/20/2013 12:01:36 AM PDT by neverdem

Matt Ridley, author of The Red Queen, Genome, The Rational Optimist and other books, dropped by Reason's studio in Los Angeles last month to talk about a curious global trend that is just starting to receive attention. Over the past three decades, our planet has gotten greener!

Even stranger, the greening of the planet in recent decades appears to be happening because of, not despite, our reliance on fossil fuels. While environmentalists often talk about how bad stuff like CO2 causes bad things to happen like global warming, it turns out that the plants aren't complaining.

Approximately 19 minutes.

Produced by Paul Feine and Alex Manning.

(Excerpt) Read more at reason.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: agriculture; carbondioxide; climatechange; co2; coal; energy; fossilfuels; globalwarming; globalwarminghoax; naturalgas; oil; plants
The video is at the source.
1 posted on 03/20/2013 12:01:36 AM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

Oh this is a video that will make liberal heads explode


2 posted on 03/20/2013 12:07:52 AM PDT by Fai Mao (Genius at Large)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Glowbull Warming ping


3 posted on 03/20/2013 12:12:53 AM PDT by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: neverdem

Am I the only one annoyed by the increasing dominance of video vs. text communication?

I understand a lot of people don’t like to read, but I see no reason a transcript can’t be posted, or at least linked, for those of us who don’t have 19 minutes to spend watching a video.


4 posted on 03/20/2013 3:21:50 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Sherman Logan

It’s not just you...I’m bored to tears listening to someone jabber on endlessly for information I could take in more quickly and completely by reading.


5 posted on 03/20/2013 3:43:48 AM PDT by Fire_on_High (RIP City of Heroes and Paragon Studios, victim of the Obamaconomy.)
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To: Sherman Logan; Fire_on_High; neverdem

Then there’s those of us on dialup that not only don’t have the 19 minutes for the jabber, but not the time to download the video much less IF WE CAN even download it.

Unfortunately dialup is so slow it is video/audio unfriendly.

Much prefer text.

We’d have to move back to the city, or pay excessive fees to have ability for video where we are.


6 posted on 03/20/2013 3:54:52 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Fire_on_High

We appear to be part of a diminishing minority. More and more sites are dominated by video rather than text. I have no problem with video when it presents information more effectively than text.

But more often, as you say, it’s just poorly shot and edited footage of someone talking about what could be read more efficiently.

At the same time and in the reverse situation, my daughters will text me back and forth for 10 minutes rather than spend 3 minutes talking on the phone.

Very weird.


7 posted on 03/20/2013 3:56:51 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Fire_on_High; Sherman Logan
"It’s not just you...I’m bored to tears listening to someone jabber on endlessly for information I could take in more quickly and completely by reading."

Ditto that, X10. Videos are huge time wasters, and they have to be REALLY, REALLY enticing to get me to even glance at them. Whoever said a picture is worth a thousand words was obviously a very slow reader.

8 posted on 03/20/2013 4:59:42 AM PDT by Wonder Warthog
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To: Fai Mao
Oh this is a video that will make liberal heads explode

Only because they don't understand the most basic science. Fifth grade carbon cycle material. The words "environmentalist" or "climatologist" can be readily replaced with the words "ignoramus" and "grant money driven quack".

"Meteorologist" is still a respectable title and, along with Geologist, Biologist, and Paleontologist one that seems to never get mentioned as an authority in the the pulp fiction panic mongering press. Why? Because if you ask a trained meteorologist about AGW he will probably either laugh in your face or cry in disgust and contempt.

9 posted on 03/20/2013 5:44:52 AM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: neverdem

brilliant!

Pray for America


10 posted on 03/20/2013 5:58:18 AM PDT by bray (Surviving to spite Obama)
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To: Sherman Logan
Am I the only one annoyed by the increasing dominance of video vs. text communication?

Almost every time I am directed to a video, I ignore it and move on. That is a method of communication for entertainment. If you want to convey information, it should be in writing.

11 posted on 03/22/2013 7:54:28 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: neverdem

Just think, all that carbon is all locked up in those “fossil fuels” and plants can’t get to it to use it until we combine the carbon with oxygen to produce proper plant food.


12 posted on 03/22/2013 7:57:54 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: MrB
Just think, all that carbon is all locked up in those “fossil fuels” and plants can’t get to it to use it until we combine the carbon with oxygen to produce proper plant food.

Could be the answer to the eternal question "Why are we here?"

13 posted on 03/22/2013 7:59:10 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: thackney

Videos are mostly intended to arouse emotions and negate the opportunity for critical thinking. That’s why why fringe political and religious movements rely on them, sometimes exclusively.


14 posted on 03/22/2013 7:59:14 AM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: thackney

Quite agree.


15 posted on 03/22/2013 8:03:53 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: jjotto

I agree. When they will not include a transcript, I assume they do not want any real analysis of the information they are presenting.


16 posted on 03/22/2013 8:04:12 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: jjotto
Videos are mostly intended to arouse emotions and negate the opportunity for critical thinking.

There is also the unfortunate fact that a large percentage of our population is unable or unwilling to read or read well. If you wish to communicate with these people, you're more or less stuck with video or audio.

17 posted on 03/22/2013 8:05:13 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Sherman Logan

Yep. It has its place. It does depend on whether the intention is to keep the audience trapped at the emotional level.


18 posted on 03/22/2013 8:11:23 AM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: MrB
Just think, all that carbon is all locked up in those “fossil fuels” and plants can’t get to it to use it until we combine the carbon with oxygen to produce proper plant food.

More CO2...more and healthier plants...more shade...cooler earth. Feedback loop mechanism.
19 posted on 03/22/2013 8:16:07 AM PDT by ZX12R
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To: dfwgator

Oh, I can answer that!
We’re here to glorify God.

And He’s given us these resources to USE.

And here’s what we’re to do with it:
Gen 1:28
And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”


20 posted on 03/22/2013 8:20:48 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: thackney; Sherman Logan
"Am I the only one annoyed by the increasing dominance of video vs. text communication?"

Almost every time I am directed to a video, I ignore it and move on. That is a method of communication for entertainment. If you want to convey information, it should be in writing.

I appreciate your sentiments; however, I believe this medium was chosen for the kiddee cohort that's been voting for Obama and his rats by 2:1 or more since 2008 at least. They have been indoctrinated with anthropogenic global warming with plenty of audio-visual support.

It also helps those with less than optimum visual acuity. They can listen to the audio monologue.

21 posted on 03/22/2013 10:01:32 PM PDT by neverdem ( Xin loi min oi)
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To: neverdem
I believe this medium was chosen for the kiddee cohort that's been voting for Obama and his rats by 2:1 or more since 2008 at least.

I can agree with that. I'm not their target audience.

But if they want to send information to someone like me, they need an accessible transcript as well. I don't deny the medium has its uses. But for those that think it will replace written communication, I believe they are wrong.

22 posted on 03/23/2013 5:29:17 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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