CEO explains how he has positioned Walmart during the pandemic to make sure the $500 billion-plus company thrives in the new landscape that emerges going forward..."I think the growing interest in stakeholder capitalism stems from companies genuinely invested in doing good for our world, because it’s the right thing to do and because businesses who take this approach are stronger. We simply won’t be here if we don’t take care of the very things that allow us to exist: our associates, customers, suppliers and the planet. That’s not up for debate."
Physicist Dr. Lubos Motl on Biden's intent to throw $75 billion a year to 'green R&D':
"You can't change the laws of physics by throwing seventy-five f*cking billion dollars to something pompously called 'research and development'. Fossil fuels' being the most practical, safe, available concentrated enough source & reservoir of energy is a demonstrable fact," Motl wrote on October 26, 2020.
"Hundreds of billions of dollars have already been wasted for something that was pompously called science or research but it was really just a promotion of incompetent, idiotic, and far-left scammers pretending to be useful & scientists. They did nothing useful," Motl added. "Of course, this huge wasted 'R&D budget is just a tiny part of the trillions that the candidate wants to waste. Lomborg realizes that the rest is mostly irrational. But this view that it's enough to throw 'billions to research' and miracles will follow is way too stupid," he added.
EPA October 2020: From 2005 to 2018, total U.S. energy-related CO2 emissions fell by 12 percent. And while the U.S. became the number one energy producer in the world. In contrast, global energy-related CO2 emissions increased over 23.8 percent. And since 1990, U.S. natural gas production has increased by 71 percent. Over that period, methane emissions across the natural gas industry have fallen by 24 percent. The United States saw the largest decline in energy-related CO2 emissions in 2019 on a country basis. In fact, U.S. emissions are now down almost 1 gigaton from our peak in 2000, marking the largest decline in energy-related CO2 emissions by any other country over that period (International Energy Agency). Overall, U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions declined by 2.8% in 2019 (EIA).
Attempts have been made to pull these diverse causalities into one model. A group of South African actuaries advised their government that a lockdown would cost 29 lives for every one life saved from the virus. A U.K. government study estimated more conservatively that the ratio would be four-to-one — with lockdowns causing 200,000 fatalities while saving only 50,000 people from death by COVID-19. ...
Former NYT Reporter Alex Berenson: "A lead investigator on the Danish mask study - the ONLY (as far as I know) randomized trial to see if masks protect from #COVID - was asked when it would be published.
His answer: 'as soon as a journal is brave enough.'
If you think that means the study shows masks work..."
Harvard Mag: These are all important questions—but even they ignore a central certainty that no one appears to be addressing: what Dan Schrag calls “climate change’s dirty little secret.” “Even if we could become carbon-neutral tomorrow,” says the director of the Harvard University Center for the Environment, “the climate will keep changing for thousands of years, the ice sheets will keep melting, and the seas will continue to rise.”
Climate Depot's Marc Morano: "So now an allegedly esteemed Harvard professor admits that controlling the climate is futile. Are we supposed to be surprised at this 'secret' that climate skeptics have always known? Even the climate activists will now have to concede that the climate will not stop changing if we refuse to enact the UN Paris pact and the Green New Deal."
Philip Stott, professor emeritus of Biogeography at the University of London, points out that “climate change is governed by hundreds of factors, or variables, and the very idea that we can manage climate change predictably by understanding and manipulating at the margins one politically-selected factor [CO2], is as misguided as it gets. It's scientific nonsense."