Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

Available everywhere for $3.99 (before discount) at amazon, Barnes & Noble, all ebook vendors, or direct from the ebook publisher, ebookit.

U.S. formally begins exit from Paris climate agreement

On Monday the Trump administration fulfilled one of Trump’s campaign promises and formally began the year-long process to exit the Paris climate agreement.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the move in a statement. “President Trump made the decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement because of the unfair economic burden imposed on American workers, businesses, and taxpayers by U.S. pledges made under the Agreement,” Pompeo said. “The United States has reduced all types of emissions, even as we grow our economy and ensure our citizens’ access to affordable energy….The U.S. approach incorporates the reality of the global energy mix,” he added, arguing “innovation and open markets” will drive emissions reductions.

There is ample data that indicates the U.S. is beating the targets of the Paris accord, even though Trump made it clear very shortly after taking office that the government would no longer require its implementation.

The article is amusing in its biased effort to provide a soapbox for every special interest (from environmentalists to Democrats) to express their horror at Trump’s decision. Like most
mainstream outlets, it devotes practically no effort to give the whole story.

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  • Phill O

    This agreement was meant to stifle American economy in favor of China, India and other 3 world countries. Also, it allowed countries to increase the tax base.

    Science has shown the idea of AGW is idiotic.

    The solar powered climate change model shows this. The Canadian farmer that is close to the Rockies has experienced it the last two years!

    I can not express the frustration I feel when combating the AGW camp.

  • Edward

    Phill O wrote: “Science has shown the idea of AGW is idiotic.

    There has been surprisingly little science in the coming-ice-age/global-warming/climate-change/climate-weirding/whatever field. As it turned out, in order to continue getting funding for the climate science field, a scientist has to be willing to draw predetermined conclusions, whether or not they are supported by the data. Drawing different conclusions results in rejection by publishers and rejection by funding organizations. This is no way to perform actual science.

    Science has failed to show any anthropogenic global warming, much less any significant contribution to warming. This is not quite the same as AGW being idiotic, but the application of the science has certainly been idiotic. Just because science has yet to show AGW being significant does not mean that it is not. As I mentioned, not much science has yet been applied to this field of study.

    The main problem is that the data that we use to indicate climate is very noisy, and contributions by any source, including man, natural CO2 releases, solar output, etc. are lost in all that noise. Pulling signals of each contributing phenomenon is difficult, especially when there are so many competing phenomena in the noise.

    The only real evidence of some sort of correlation is with sun spots and temperature as seen in the past grand minimum of sunspots a few centuries ago. However, as Robert has noted, we really don’t have much scientific evidence that there is a relationship rather than this being a coincidence.

    During past grand minimums there is evidence that the Earth also cooled, though the link between the two phenomenon remains circumstantial and unproven. If we see another grand minimum, and the Earth once again cools, then we might be able to finally tie these two phenomenon together.

    We do know, however, that the models that are used to predict future climates have failed to predict the current climate. These models have assumed that AGW is real and significant, but the lack of skill in these models suggests otherwise (do not confuse a suggestion with a conclusion). The models also assume that temperature increases follow CO2 increases, but past scientific investigation has shown that it has long been the other way around, that historically CO2 increases have followed temperature increases. Other science has shown that CO2 bound up in soils is released into the atmosphere when temperatures increase. A valid conclusion is that these models fail to properly account for factors that make up climate, whether these factors are AGW, sunspots, cosmic rays, or whatever.

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